Over the course of its first three seasons, Narcos has painted a less-than-hopeful picture of the war on drugs, to put it mildly. For its fourth go-round, premiering Friday, Nov. 16, the Netflix hit has rebooted itself as Narcos: Mexico, an all-new series focused on the U.S.’s south-of-the-border neighbor, and the bleakness is now downright overwhelming. There’s almost nothing to feel good about in this installment of Carlo Bernard, Chris Brancato and Doug Miro’s show, as its portrait of the birth of the modern cartel system boasts no heroes, no honor, and—as its mysterious narrator makes clear—“no happy endings.” It’s a panorama of vice and powerlessness, and one with few answers regarding how to stop the plague that is the North American narcotics trade. At the center of this based-on-real-events miasma are two men on opposites sides of the law, linked not only by their cat-and-mouse game but by their shared frustrations with their bureaucratic circumstances—and their transformations into individuals who place their work above all other concerns, to their own (and their loved ones’) detriment. It’s the mid-1980s, and in order to jumpstart his career in the still-nascent DEA, agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena (Michael Peña) accepts a transfer to… Read full this story
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