For me, “Narcos” has always been that show that people tell me “Oh my god! You have to watch it!” but has found a seemingly permanent spot on my way-too-long Netflix queue. It’s not that I’m not interested in the subject material, but there’s just so much TV that I “must” watch, that it’s a bit overwhelming. But this is the year that changes! Because “Narcos” is back, rebooted, and apparently better than ever.
The first teaser for “Narcos: Mexico” just hit, and in it, you see that the “Narcos” brand hasn’t changed, but the setting and the cast definitely has. We’re still following the rise of a drug cartel, but now we’re in, you guessed it, Mexico. And leading this new version of the show are actors Diego Luna and Michael Peña.
Luna is a name that many around here have loved for years now. Appearing in films like “Y Tu Mamá También,” “Milk,” “Rudo y Cursi,” and, of course, “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” the actor has established himself as one of the best working today. Joining him is Peña, who is probably best known for his work in the last two “Ant-Man” films where he’s shown his considerable comedic chops. However, you can’t forget that before then, Peña flexed his dramatic muscle in films like “Crash,” “World Trade Center,” and “American Hustle.”
Needless to say, this is a perfect time to jump on the “Narcos” bandwagon and learn all about the drug trade. I’ll definitely be joining you.
“Narcos: Mexico” hits Netflix on November 16.
Here’s the synopsis for the upcoming season:
“Narcos: Mexico” will explore the origins of the modern drug war by going back to its roots, beginning at a time when the Mexican trafficking world was a loose and disorganized confederation of independent growers and dealers. Witness the rise of the Guadalajara Cartel in the 1980s as Félix Gallardo (Diego Luna) takes the helm, unifying traffickers in order to build an empire. When DEA agent Kiki Camarena (Michael Peña) moves his wife and young son from California to Guadalajara to take on a new post, he quickly learns that his assignment will be more challenging than he ever could have imagined. As Kiki garners intelligence on Félix and becomes more entangled in his mission, a tragic chain of events unfold, affecting the drug trade and the war against it for years to come.