It’s finally beginning to feel like Narcos again, and it only had taken half of the entire season to make it happen. With Jorge caught between Miguel and the DEA, the Cali cartel going to war, a detour to a tropical paradise, and a whole lot of bullets flying in every direction, maybe Narcos really doesn’t need Pablo after all!
Jorge, who is rapidly turning from disgruntled staff to full-blown dual agent, drives a great deal of this turnaround in “Best Laid Plans.” After spending the first few episodes grumping around and moving his eye, the Cali security main is at previous functioning on the disconnect between his high regard for his own morals and the actual fact that he, you understand, works for a drug cartel. As Van Ness says pursuing their highway meeting, after listing off Jorge’s unsavory affiliates and previous: “Does that sound like the everyman who only agreed upon on to protect Miguel’s family for you?”
The episode starts off with evil David in control, however, not for long. When he asks Jorge whether Miguel should show up, it seemed like an obvious ruse to test whether Jorge could be respected — a test Jorge that immediately failed. But evidently it wasn’t a test in any way! Instead, the nightclub weapon battle eventually ends up driving a vehicle Miguel and Jorge better together than ever before, setting up a far more interesting betrayal for Jorge down the road.
Miguel is finally taking action, too. He’s spent much of the season mooning after Maria and stewing over Gilberto’s arrest, but the North Valley drug lords’ attempt to destroy him and Pacho means he’s finally presuming leadership of the cartel. Chepe is back, Pacho is (scarcely) back, and today they’re all heading to war.
The beginning of a cartel civil conflict also includes very good news for Narcos: Chepe’s New York plots are finally over. With no other major individuals to connect to, Chepe has been kept on the trunk burner this year, only showing up to photograph people who annoy him. (Worst of all, his victim in this episode is a journalist. Boo!) Still, Chepe has one nice moment in time in NY: He is utterly delighted whenever a reports anchor blames the cocaine lab explosion on the Dominicans he killed prior. (“Exactly! Many thanks, woman. Fucking Dominicans!”) Unfortunately, his good spirits collapses when the journalist then says Cali was the true ability behind the lab.
As the cartel gears up for war, the DEA can’t get its take action along. Van Ness and Feistl possess the perfect informant actually call them through to the phone, but they won’t do anything with him until they understand how he got his advertising. Then, when Jorge gives them a pure gold hint — the location of the country’s most-wanted drug lord! — they decide to send Feistl by itself to the club to check whether Jorge’s information is accurate.
Instead of take Christina into guardianship while he’s grabbing Jurado, Pe?a lets her find out someone wishes to arrest her insurance agencies police wait outside her apartment. Here’s a suggestion, Pe?a: Most of the cops in Colombia are corrupt! From the repeating theme in your life. Soon enough, Jurado’s wife is bouncing around Bogota, buying coke from her stylist and making frantic phone calls to her husband’s hotel. Navegante gets wind that she’s headed to the U.S. and grabs her.
As for Pe?a, all he gets is Newman from Seinfeld laughing at him in Miami.
– Condolences to the category of Pacho’s waiter-slash-boyfriend, who acquired the opportunity to leave the villa without getting killed but instead made a decision to take a remarkable range of bullets as he tried out to warn Pacho.
– Feistl is terrified that drug lords know where his apartment is, but he does not have any problem turning up together at a nightclub full of cartel heavies?
– To be honest, I want all of the drug lords on Narcos to be gigantic personalities, ? la Luis Guzman in season one. The top of the North Valley cartel might as well be Wally from Dilbert, for all the adobe flash he brings.
– David makes a good point: Jorge’s security guards should take guns! When Jorge counters that they hold walkie-talkies instead, David shoots again: “Why? To state good-bye when you’re heading to get clipped?
– The cartel civil battle increasingly appears to be Miguel’s mistake, with Salazar’s vengeful mom seated next to the North Valley innovator as he phone calls Amado to ask for the strike on Pacho.
– Are we being create for a complete season about Amado? There’s plenty of materials in his life, and he’s a greater figure than any of the Cali partners.
– Van Ness makes an instant nod to it, however the real-life Jorge Salcedo really was involved in a storyline to secure Salvadoran Air Make bombs. Remember La Catedral, Pablo’s resort-slash-prison in the first season? Well, Cali was furious that Escobar’s “imprisonment” intended they couldn’t send assassins to kill him, so they had Salcedo try to buy bombs from a corrupt Salvadoran basic instead. Alas for Narcos plot purposes, the scheme never came to fruition.
– The nightclub shootout suffers when you are intermixed with the Mexico deal with, where it’s miles clearer what’s going on. The salsa gunfight is all photos of Miguel ducking and Jorge yelling. In Mexico, we’re witness to surprises, like when Pacho’s tequila-rocked sibling will take cover behind an easily shootable door.
– Pacho pulls off some legit first-person shooter techniques, specially when his near-death sibling trades photos with the assassins while he sneaks around them. Pacho, add me on Battlefield 1.