‘Narcos: Mexico’ is an American crime drama series that airs on Netflix. The series first premiered on November 16, 2018. It was originally intended to serve as the fourth season of ‘Narcos’, but was finally conceptualized as a companion series. While ‘Narcos’ took us to the heart of the cocaine production trade in Colombia and showed us the fearsome Medellin cartel led by Pablo Escobar, and the cold but ruthless Cali cartel, ‘Narcos: Mexico’ showed us the distribution side of the cocaine, by taking us into the badlands of Mexico and what eventually became the feared Guadalajara cartel.
The series is somewhat biographical like the original and includes real-life news clippings which supplement the plot, making it seem all the more authentic, although there is some creative freedom taken to make it entertaining for the viewers. The show has been created by Chris Brancato, Carlo Bernard, and Doug Miro. It is needless to say that the series has an immense fan base, especially after Wagner Moura blew us all away with his tragic but ruthless characterization of Pablo Escobar.
Although ‘Narcos’ has not quite topped the brilliance of its initial season, fans have stuck to the show because it has remained excellent in its own way. Critics have been quick to praise the most recent season of ‘Narcos: Mexico’ as well, saying it is “Dangerous, thrilling, and highly addictive… expertly expands the franchise by exploring new territory in the drug war’s grim history and showcasing electric performances from Diego Luna and Michael Peña.”
Narcos: Mexico Cast: Who is in it?
‘Narcos: Mexico’ is set in a shared universe with the mainline show, and thus its cast features a recurrence of characters from the original ‘Narcos‘ as well. Thus, we have the pleasure of witnessing cameos and brief appearances from its beloved characters, including Wagner Moura himself as a younger Pablo Escobar, who appears in ‘The Columbian Connection’. The show, however, does not focus on Escobar, its focus elsewhere in another set of historical events that led to the brutal Mexican drug war of the 1980s.
The show stars veteran actor and part-time musician Michael Pena, with films such as ‘American Hustle’ and ‘Ant-Man’ to his name. He plays the role of Kiki Camarena, an undercover DEA agent within the Mexican cartel. The Latino director, actor, and producer Diego Luna appears as Miguel Angel Felix Gallardo, the founder of the modern Mexican drug trade, and the feared leader of the Guadalajara cartel. Other main characters include Tenoch Huerta as Rafael Caro Quintero, Miguel’s partner, who is a loose cannon.
Alyssa Diaz plays the role of Mika Camarena, and although she has had a subdued role so far, in reality, she campaigned vehemently for her husband’s justice and we are likely to see her in a much more major capacity in the upcoming season. Matt Letscher appears as Jaime Kuykendall, who is Camarena’s friend. Viewers might be interested to know that the real-life Kuykendall is the one who officially consulted with the show makers, giving them the inside details that help make ‘Narcos: Mexico’ so authentic.