Let’s face it: I do know I’m not the one one who had some reservations about “Narcos” returning for a 3rd season.
The sequence’ first two seasons revolved across the hunt for ’80s-era Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar (Wagner Moura). Together with his seize/loss of life within the Season 2 finale, I didn’t assume there was a lot wiggle room to maintain the sequence going. Not solely was it turning its focus to the lesser-known Cali Cartel, however the sequence misplaced co-star Boyd Holbrook, who performed DEA agent Steve Murphy, the “Narcos” narrator (and sequence protagonist) in Seasons 1 and a couple of.
However depend me in for Season three, significantly with the return of Pedro Pascal as Javier Pena, Murphy’s accomplice. Pascal lends the sequence the continuity it wants, each in tone and context — and it helps, in that “snug shoe” form of manner, that Pena has changed Murphy as our pleasant “Narcos” voiceover information.
The brand new season (premiering Sept. 1 on Netflix) picks up instantly within the aftermath of Escobar’s loss of life. Javy, again dwelling in Texas on trip, is bored; he tells his father (Edward James Olmos, virtually unrecognizable), that he’s itching to return to Colombia and combat the drug wars. Not solely has he been promoted after his “heroic” takedown of Escobar, however he’s bought unfinished enterprise with the Cali Cartel, who’ve grown even greater since Escobar’s loss of life — or, as Javy calls them, “F—ing cocaine integrated.” The lads working the Cali cartel are the precise reverse of Escobar; they shun the highlight and consult with themselves as “The Gents of Cali.” They even dispose the our bodies of their many enemies in an understated manner that concurrently makes an emphatic level: Don’t mess with them. Or else.
The four-man cartel has made large inroads into the US and even has its personal man in New York. Its chief, Gilberto Rodriguez (Damian Alcazar), is called “The Chess Participant” for at all times staying one step forward of the legislation (or not less than the DEA — he’s bought a lot of the Cali cops in his pocket). Within the season opener, he gathers his fellow Cali Cartel leaders for an unprecedented look (they’re not often in the identical place) at a glitzy yard occasion to make a stunning announcement — setting into movement the plot level(s) that may steer Javy, the DEA and the CIA (sure, they’re again, too) into uncharted waters because the season progresses.
The weather that made “Narcos” so compelling in its first two seasons are all right here: the acquainted opening credit and music, lush cinematography and loads of suspense as we get to know among the new characters. Pascal stays true to type because the laconic Javy, and there’s even an homage of kinds to the reckoning scene from “The Godfather” — apropos within the “Narcos” universe and never for the squeamish.
All indicators level to a stable season. I’ll be alongside for the experience. You ought to be, too.