Magazine article ReVista (Cambridge)

Loving Escobar, Hating Narcos

Magazine article ReVista (Cambridge)

Loving Escobar, Hating Narcos

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Stumbling across the Colombian narconovela Pablo Escobar: El Patrón del Mal on Netflix was a minor highlight of my recent sabbatical at DRCLAS. For one, it provided the perfect antidote for Narcos fatigue. Like Netflix's better-known narconovela, Patrón del Mal was a big-budget production filmed on site in Colombia. Unlike Narcos, however, Patrón del Mal isn't weighed down by a gringo savior narrative. It has the added benefit of featuring Colombian actors speaking with authentic Colombian accents. The second season of Narcos I watched out of a sense of professional responsibility, to defuse the questions about the show that would inevitably come my way. Patrón del Mal was a treat to enjoy on my smartphone on my bus ride from Arlington to DRCLAS in neighboring Cambridge.

The show's resonance ran deep for me. Watching Patrón del Mal in early 2017, during implementation of the FARC's historic peace treaty with the Colombian government, was a distinct experience from watching it in 2012, when the show debuted. …

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