In 2015 Netflix released the first season of Narcos. The series is based on a Columbian drug kingpin the ‘Pablo Escobar‘. He was the king of cocaine and one of the richest men in the world.
In 2016, the next series of Narcos was released on Netflix with the title Narcos: Mexico.
People often ask ‘Should I watch Narcos vs narcos Mexico first’?. Narcos & Narcos: Mexico both are based on drug cartels and are completely independent of each. Hence they can be watched in any order but watching Narcos FIRST gives better ideas and pictures of the cartel world.
Well, you can find out the answer at the end of this post.
Narcos series showcases a series of events happened during Pablo Escobar times and the struggle of DEA and Columbian police to arrest him.
Pablo Escobar was an influential criminal in the history of drug dealers who never left any leaks about his business. He smuggled drugs to the United States earning a net profit of $1.2 billion per year! Pablo made people of Columbia suffer because of his violence and narco-terrorism. Columbians consider the Pablo Escobar era as the darkest time in their history.
Netflix made a series on his life and presented it in 2 seasons. Most of the characters, events are true as claimed by Netflix and it also added real clips in between to match the facts. The series includes the fights between cartels, bombings, series of murders, drug distribution, Pablo’s relationships with his family and drug dealers, DEA efforts to arrest him, Columbian police struggle and everything that happened in Pablo’s life.
A drug dealer who became a nightmare to Columbia and the United States, ruled the drug world openly but intelligently for almost 30 years, became one of the richest men in the world, Brilliantly escaped his arrest…
Narcos on Netflix is based on the true story but the dramatization of events will make you binge-watch the series.
What Columbians say about Narcos?
The same question was asked on Quora. Some of them claim that it was not necessary to make a series on Pablo. He hasn’t done anything to Columbia apart from putting the country on shame.
But they do appreciate the fact that Netflix has shown the real story to let the world know about the cruelty of Pablo. He could destroy other families, kill people without hesitation but when it comes to his family he was ready to burn the money! Yes, during the final days of Pablo, when police were hunting him everywhere he burnt millions of money just to keep his daughter warm. That’s how rich he was!
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Narcos Cast & Making
One of the main reasons for the success of the Narcos is the Cast of the show. Especially Wagner Moura who enacted as Pablo Escobar. He is the heart and soul of this show.
Also, they have retained the originality by shooting in Columbia and retaining the Spanish between drug dealers. If you don’t understand Spanish, the conversation between Pablo and other cartels can be understood only by subtitles.
That is the beauty of this show. If the entire show is in English it would have lost the real story touch. More than a crime thriller drama, Narcos would have been the comedy show if Pablo speaks in English.
Pedro Pascal as Pena, Boyd Holbrook as Murphy, Paulina Gaitan as Tata, Damian Alcazar as Gilberto and many other characters have done an excellent job and given their best.
The last day scenes and death of Pablo Escobar will make you feel sad. He had $30 billion in his bank account but wasn’t able to get a penny because all his assets were frozen by the government. He was chased by the DEA and shot while he was trying to escape. That is how the era of a famous drug dealer ended.
Is Narco: Mexico is season 4 of Narcos?
In September 2016 Netflix announced upcoming seasons (Season 3 & 4) of Narcos. Season 3 was released in 2017 then Netflix declared that Season 4 will be coming as new series Narcos: Mexico.
Narcos: Mexico focuses on the drug trade in Mexico & the investigation around it. The first season was released in November 2018 and second season is coming soon.
In the 80s Guadalajara Cartel takes a sudden rise in Mexico run by Félix Gallardo. The scattered drug dealers were unified under Felix’s management whose dream is to build a drug empire. The DEA agent Kiki who comes to Guadalajara to hunt Félix realizes the difficulties of this case. As the story progresses it is more interesting to watch the battle between drug dealers and officers.
Here is the trailer;
Which one is better?
Both series are best in their own ways. However, Narcos takes the first position because of the great influence of Pablo Escobar. The way he climbed the cartel ladder and the struggle of American DEA & Columbian police to arrest him makes everyone wonder. In my opinion, it is Narcos. Just because of the Wagner Moura( Pablo) Narcos was interesting for me compared to Narcos: Mexico.
The storyline, theme, concept, and making of both shows are similar. In fact, as I said earlier Narcos: Mexico was supposed to be the fourth season of Narcos. Hence there is no much difference from Columbia & Mexico drug trades.
Both the shows will make you binge-watch and glued to the TV until the last episode. While watching Narcos: Mexico doesn’t keep the first series in mind which helps you understand it better.
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