ColumnistsDaragh Keany

I loved watching Narcos but I still have reservations about it


First off let me state that I loved watching Narcos on Netflix and binged the completed series over five action-packed nights.

My missus loved it too, which isn’t necessarily a ringing endorsement, considering her other favourite shows right now are Dance Moms and the lesser known Netflix hit Dance Academy. 
My colleagues all loved it too. And I loved discussing it with them afterwards so I am firmly in the “thumbs up” brigade. BUT, and this is a big BUT… I can’t help but think that the best thing about the show is Escobar’s story itself.
Narcos chronicles the shenanigans of the world’s most notorious drug smuggler as he cons authorities, amasses an unfathomable fortune and breaks down borders for the lucrative drug trade. Some of the plot twists would be described as “too bizarre for fiction” except for the fact that they are based on actual events. 
The amazing twists are not a result of the writer’s genius – rather they are part of the incredible history of this man’s criminal legacy.
And that is what I think makes this show unmissable. Not the acting or the editing like we usually praise from a Netflix production. Just think of Marco Polo, House of Cards or Orange is the New Black.  
With the exception of Wagner Moura (Escobar) and Pedro Pascal (local drug cop Pena) the acting is mediocre, and in some places it is downright awful. 
As for the editing – I get the impression that huge and potentially-crucial chunks of the story were left on the edit room floor. I don’t want to spoil it for people so I won’t go into specifics but there are huge gaps and some early storylines just seem to disappear into thin air. 
All that said, and as I alluded to in the open-ing paragraph, it is hard to stop watching. I just wish a few little things were a bit better.