Narcos, a Netflix exclusive, has received very good reviews for portraying the dramatic rise of Colombian drug trafficker Pablo Escobar (played by Wagner Moura).
From his days in prison, teaming up with underground scientist Mateo “Cockroach” Moreno, to bigger cocaine laboratories and intense interactions with DEA agents, the use of the protagonist’s voice-over of DEA agent Steve Murphy unexpectedly gave the show more depth in its complexity.
It has a unique assembly of casts and shot in an interesting storytelling format with vivid visuals.
The Internet Movie Database (IMDb) scored the series a 9.0/10 based on over 81,000 user reviews, backed up with nominations for excellence in award-giving bodies, such as the Golden Globe Awards.
The only problem is that the people the story needs to convince do not like it at all.
No less than Pablo Escobar’s brother, Roberto, has criticized the series for being full of mistakes, lies and discrepancies, and that his brother won’t like it one bit.
With the show’s veracity into question, there is a possibility that this may affect its ratings. After all, the initial acceptance by the audience of its truth plays a huge part in its overall success.
Without Escobar’s’ affirmation, it’d just be like any other crime thriller movie.
Netflix doesn’t need to hire anybody else to improve the show, as Roberto himself, he has volunteered to review season 2 before it airs. Actually, he demanded it in a letter with the family’s official seal, describing it as a “friendly request for cooperation.”
“It is depicting me, my life, my family and my brother. I think nobody else in the world is alive to determine the validity of the materials, but me.” The statement reads. This is “solely on an informational basis.” He added.
Should Netflix be scared to receive this official letter from Pablo Escobar, whose eyes reflect the real stories behind the cartel with a dead stare, after a letter bomb blew up in his face?
His letter for “friendly cooperation” further states “I hope you are not profiting from my show, and if you are I ask you to share some profits with us.”
The recipient of the letter sent from an unknown place in Colombia must have turned a page and looked for the phrase “Or else…” and must’ve been glad not to find it.
Photo courtesy: Colombian National Police/Wikipedia