Netflix had great success with House of Cards as an original series, at a time when many questioned the company’s future. With the revolving door licensing agreements it and many other streaming services are subjected to, movies will come and go, and users are left wondering. So it began making originals. And HoC turned out to be pretty terrific.
Narcos is a new title in this vein, centered on the rise of Pablo Escobar and the Colombian cocaine trade in the late 70s/early 80s. We’re about four episodes in, but we love it. The writing is great, the actors are great, and the production value is incredible. Told as a narrative interspersed with real footage and photography from the time, it shows an entirely different side of Escobar from the people who were closest to him, and while it’s extremely violent and unflinching in its storytelling, it’s definitely not thin and presents an interesting view of those defining events in law enforcement.
Granted, it could turn to total crap in a few episodes, but that’s why these posts aren’t called “The Greatest Things Ever on Earth”. It’s what’s good this week. If you’re a Netflix subscriber, check it out.