No Es­co­bar, but still ad­dic­tive

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Pay Television - Nar­cos,

Ahead of the re­turn of Nar­cos for a third sea­son, Net­flix re­leased an in­con­gru­ously chirpy suite of drug war-themed mu­si­cal num­bers.

Pre­sented by the so-called “Net­flix Com­mu­nity Theatre”, it fea­tures up­beat show tunes with pun-laden ti­tles such as The Blow Must Go On, There’s No Busi­ness like Blow Busi­ness, but also the rather di­rect Pablo Dies ( the first two sea­sons fol­lowed the ca­reer of Pablo Es­co­bar to its grisly con­clu­sion).

This sea­son re­sumes with DEA agent Javier Pena (played by Pe­dro Pas­cal, last seen as Oberyn Martell in Game of Thrones) com­ing to terms with the moral lines he crossed to take down Es­co­bar. Pena is treated as a hero in some quar­ters, and re­viled for his as­so­ci­a­tion with CIAbacked para­mil­i­tary Los Pepes in oth­ers.

“When you were lit­tle, you couldn’t wait to get out into the world,” says his fa­ther, played by Ed­ward James Ol­mos. “You didn’t like what you Nar­cos found — many don’t — but don’t try to change it, more likely it will end up chang­ing you.”

Fill­ing the vac­uum left by Es­co­bar is the Cali Car­tel. Styling them­selves as “gentle­men”, they are nonethe­less will­ing to in­flict medieval pun­ish­ments such as ty­ing their en­e­mies’ limbs to mo­tor­bikes and pulling them in dif­fer­ent di­rec­tions, for as lit­tle as a per­ceived slight.

But, in­trigu­ingly, their leader Don Gil­berto (Damian Al­cazar) an­nounces a de­sire to reach an agree­ment with the au­thor­i­ties for an or­derly re­treat from the co­caine busi­ness. Is he sin­cere? Or is it a gam­bit? Some Cali sub­or­di­nates re­act an­grily; the com­pe­ti­tion (in­clud­ing Do­mini­can gangs) pre­pares to step in; and the sub­stan­tial num­ber of bribe tak­ers pre­pares to aban­don them. It all prom­ises to add up to another highly en­gag­ing in­stal­ment. stream­ing on Net­flix, from Fri­day.

Pe­dro Pas­cal as DEA agent Javier Pena in the third sea­son of

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