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Showrunner Eric Newman has gotten very good at dramatizing the ever-expanding saga of the drug war for television, and the result here are 10 tense, detail-oriented episodes that don't lack for action and drama.
It thrives when diving into the logistical ways the cartel system was constructed-through violence, manipulation, bribery, and canny scheming and double-crosses-and the DEA's resultant attempts to navigate an intrinsically-crooked environment.
There really couldn't be a worse time for drug-war propaganda in the guise of a prestige-adjacent cop show. Fortunately, the opening minutes of this pseudo-series premiere put paid to that notion immediately.
Narcos: Mexico has successfully excavated the human drama from the record, and in doing so has constructed a narrative that's as fascinating in its character beats as it is in how it delivers a chronicle of real-life events.
While the series does fall into some drug narrative clichés during its second half, the captivating parallel stories of Camarena and Gallardo's ambitious rise in their respective positions is worth the price of admission alone.