26 Feb Review of Narcos – A Netflix TV Series
Narcos is a 10 episode television series, which aired on Netflix exclusively, on August 28, 2015. The name of the series is inspired from the local term for “drug dealers.” The series was created and produced by Chris Brancato, Carlo Bernard, and Doug Miro. Narcos season 2 is due in 2016!
Narcos depicts the true-life story of drug kingpin Pablo Escobar and his smuggling of cocaine worldwide. It shows how law enforcement agencies came together to resolve this drug issue and how brutal and bloody the conflict turned out to be. The series focuses on the life of Pablo Escobar and two DEA agents who were sent to Colombia on a U.S. mission to try and bring Escobar to justice.
Pablo Emilio Escobar Gaviria was born on December 1, 1949. When it comes to drug lord, there is no one like Pablo Escobar, a notorious Columbian. He supplied 80% of the cocaine smuggled into the US. He is often called as The King of Cocaine. He was the wealthiest criminal in history with an estimated net worth of US $30 billion in early 90s.
This series also shows actual archival footage, giving an educational feel of a documentary. The initial episodes of the series show that how Pablo got involved in the cocaine trade in Colombia. He was a black marketer in Medellín who moved illegal goods into Colombia. Amazing parties, sweaty affairs and loads of weed, kept him quite entertained. But he wanted more!
Escobar along with Moreno started a drug business, where Moreno produced and Escobar distributed the cocaine. Soon enough the demand for cocaine hit the roof in the US. This forced Pablo to organize more smuggling routes, shipments, and distribution networks in different parts of the country. The estimated amount of cocaine that was being shipped to the US from Columbia was 70 to 80 tons every month in the mid-80s.
With cocaine’s influence rising drastically in the US, the flow of US dollars to Columbia increased dramatically, causing US government to intervene and resolve this economic issue quickly. This resulted in rising of drug related violence in the US. The US government decided to send two DEA agents to Colombia to address the complete issue and bring Pablo Escobar to the USA for justice. The DEA agents were helpless in meeting their deadlines as everyone in Colombia – including police and school age children, were on the payroll of Pablo and their government refused extradition.
The series continues to its second season where Pablo has fled from his self-made prison in Medellín and is looking to seek revenge on the U.S. for trying to extradite him in the name of justice!
This series is quite an eye opener for people who are suffering from drug addiction. There were many instances in the show that depicts real effects of drugs and how it changes people’s lives. If we compare the situation that we have in the US today, we can begin to comprehend how lucky we really are to be able to find a sober living environment to help us recover from addiction. With the advent of advanced rehabilitation centers and sober living homes, it has become a bit easier for the people to find help regarding drug addiction and continuing on the path of recovery.