After finally taking down the Pablo Escobar in season 2, Narcos season 3 revolves around his replacement in the narcotics business in Columbia – Cali Cartel. Consisting of four godfathers – The Rodriguez brothers Gilberto (Damian Alcazar) and Miguel (Francisco Denis), Pacho Herrera (Alberto Ammann) and Chepe Santacruz Londono (Pepe Rapazote) – this cartel is extremely profitable, taking full advantage of being numero uno in the business. Such is the reach and technology advancement of the cartel that the DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration) called them the Cali KGB.
Narcos 3 starts with Gilberto Rodriguez announcing that he has successfully planned to surrender the family’s narcos business in an arrangement after six months, while the money and properties will be made legal. Though this creates ripples in their business partners, it is also seen as an opportunity to make as much money within the six months.
DEA agent Javier Pena (played by Pedro Pascal) now has a new drug lord to bring down, though he doesn’t have much support from his superiors. With the surrender arrangement in place, the American ambassador in Columbia and even the Columbian government is not too keen to bring the Cartel down. But Javier is adamant.
His efforts lead to Gilberto Rodriguez’s arrest, which is hailed as a big success in the Columbian government’s efforts to crack down the drug business in the country. As the DEA agent continues his attempts to capture the other three drug lords, Columbia gets a new anti-narcotics Columbian government. Does that make Javier’s job easier? Find it out on Netflix.
What’s WOW? The entire series, like its predecessors, wows us. The surreal portrayal on the narcotics business in Columbia transports you to the Cali Cartel era. The knitty-gritty of a drug business- right from bribing officials to maintaining a lifestyle – have been all portrayed too well.
Taking some real footage, Javier giving us insights into the real Cali Cartel is scary in a good way. To know something as corrupt existed in real life can be hair-raising, but it proves that directors Andi Baiz, Fernando Coimbra, Josef Wladyka and Gabriel Ripstein are brilliant at their job. The power and status of the Cali Cartel is put up brilliantly onscreen.
What’s Blah? There’s nothing that upset us, frankly.
Parting Shot: Narcos 3 gives us insight into how the 1990s was a perfect era for illegal business to thrive. As one cartel dies, another one is ready to take over. If you loved Narcos 1 & 2, you will not be disappointed; but in case you didn’t, this season will definitely get you hooked on.
Director: Andi Baiz, Fernando Coimbra, Josef Wladyka and Gabriel Ripstein
Pedro Pascal as Javier Peña
Damian Alcazar as Gilberto Rodríguez Orejuela
Alberto Ammann as Helmer “Pacho” Herrera
Francisco Denis as Miguel Rodriguez
Pêpê Rapazote as José Santacruz Londoño
Matias Varela as Jorge Salcedo
Javier Cámara as Guillermo Pallomari
Andrea Londo as Maria Salazar
Eric Lange as Bill Stechner – the CIA Station Chief in Colombia
Kerry Bishé as Cristina Jurado
Michael Stahl-David as Chris Feistl
Matt Whelan as Daniel Van Ness
Arturo Castro as David Rodriguez
You can watch this original series on Netflix
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