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Review: Narcos Mexico S02 E02

February 11, 2020
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With the cash flow hindered, Felix turns towards the Colombians to get the money that he is owed. Pacho Herrera shows up at his birthday party, but instead of paying up, he tells Felix how he is cornered and that the Colombians will continue paying as they have been. It looks like he has no other option, but that’s not the Felix Gallardo we know.

He promises Azul that in six months he will have the same power over the Colombians that they have on him right now. In the second episode, we find him working on that plan. The only problem is that if it doesn’t work fast enough, he might fall before the Colombians do.

Narcos: Mexico Season 2 Episode 2 Recap

Walt Breslin and Co get to work on Sergio Verdin, but he proves hard to break. They try every method that they know on him, but the countering factor is that Verdin already knows what they are going to do. Also, he has much more important people to protect than Dr Delgado did.

After failing to make Cali cartel pay their due, Felix turns towards another businessman in Mexico, hoping to partner up with him and sketch out the plan that will get the Colombians out-of-the-way, once and for all. While he tries to save the cartel, tensions rise between different plazas and threaten to tear apart everything that he has worked for.

Narcos: Mexico Season 2 Episode 2 Review

The second episode of the season is titled ‘Alea Iacta Est’, the die has been cast. For the empire created by Felix Gallardo, the die had been cast the day he abducted Kiki Camarena. Now, the game is in full force and there is no going back for anyone.

Felix, who had found himself stripped of all options and powerless because of the people above him, comes up with a new plan to create the future that he has dreamed of. He had money when he started trading in marijuana, he had money when he started transporting cocaine for the Colombians, but it never really was about the money for him. He was advised to stop at weed. The ones close to him had asked him why he wanted to jump into the business of white powder when he was already in a safe business. He left all of these people behind, and in this episode, he gets a glimpse of what his life could have been.

Felix meets Don Juan in Matamoros; the man trades in opium and has been in the “safe” business for a long time. Now, Felix needs him to move his cocaine and gain an upper hand on the Colombians. With Don Juan by his side, he has the leverage he needs to negotiate with Colombians, and then crush them altogether.

More than the deal, his visit allows the series to focus on just how alone El Padrino is now. Had he listened to his wife and Rafa and Don Neto, he would have had exactly what Don Juan has right now. He would have had family who actually loved him, friends who actually cared about him, and partners who actually respected him. Now, all he has is an empty house and a horde of backstabbers, biding their time, waiting for a piece of him.

The episode also shines the light on Walt Breslin’s interrogation of Verdin. He is the man who had tortured Kiki, and now the Americans are torturing him for information. But it is not that easy, especially when the one in their captivity is a master interrogator himself. Their actions at this point will define the length they are ready to go to get their hands on the leader of the Guadalajara cartel. The end of the interrogation also puts them in a situation that is much more delicate and will be trickier to handle than the ones that they are used to. There is no room for mistakes here, but they just might have made their first one.

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