El Chapo Review:
Netflix explored the stories of drug lords with Narcos, which followed the rise of Pablo Escobar. Now, they have released a similar series which portrays the origin story of Mexican drug lord Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán Loera. The series initially aired in Spanish and then dubbed into English. El Chapo, produced by Univision in association with Netflix. The series explores the morally corrupt part of Mexico. This is more like a Political thriller than a gruesome story of a drug lord. However, the entire series is in Spanish but the intense spine-chilling scenes will make you forget that you’re reading the subtitles.
El Chapo Season 1
Season 1 begins with Guzman working under the founder of Guadalajara Cartel, Miguel Ángel also known as “The Godfather”. Guzman is ambitious to transform from trafficking marijuana to blow but he doesn’t get the approval from the Boss. He ignores it anyway and travels to Columbia to close the deal with Don Pablo Escobar. Guzman gives word to move blow in 48 hours. Rest of the Season unfolds how that single incident affected Guzman’s business in the Mexico and how he became the poster boy for the Mexican Government. Guzman also becomes a rival to the Tijuana Cartel. The Mexican Government in partnership with Guadalajara Cartel puts a bounty on Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán Loera. The history makes is easily predictable but the director manages to keep us hooked on the story.
El Chapo Season 2
Season 2 begins with Guzman escaping from the Prison and that unfolds a whole new chapter of scrutiny for the Mexican Government. After his escape, Guzman quickly tries to form a federation and bring all the cartel under a single fold. Guzman’s ambitious plan is to make Sinaloa Cartel the biggest cartel in the World. However, rival Tijuana Cartel tries to destroy all his plans. With the demise of Amado Carrillo Fuentes, Tijuana Cartel becomes more powerful than any other cartel in Mexico. Rest of the Season tells whether Guzman’s ambitious plan work or did he kill all his rival along the way.
Marco de la O played the ruthless Drug Lord perfectly. The Creators did a good job in the casting department. The Soundtracks gave a nice little feeling to the entire series. However, if you’re expecting a violent, gruesome and bloodiest show, then you’re in for a disappointment. El Chapo showed the rise and ruthless story of Joaquín Guzmán Loera, but it also showed the dark and dirtier side of the politicians and the Mexican Government.