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I seem to be alone in thinking season 2 was an improvement over season 1. I thought the first moved too quickly and had no real interest in the characters, which made the whole rather superficial, while the second season, thanks to its shorter time frame, gave everyone more space to breathe. The main DEA guy was still very boring, of course, but most of the other characters benefited.

 

I'm three episodes into season 3 and still enjoying it.

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I thought that was absolutely great stuff. I don't think it particularly suffered the loss of Escobar, even, as I found the new cartel fascinating and the new long-term characters got me really invested. I know they do it for dramatic license and to make a gripping show, but it is a bit funny how often they play the trope of things happening simultaneously, or races against time. Works, though.

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Only two episodes in but both episodes had me on edge. Love the tension throughout as you wait for the cartel to strike. Glad they didn't stop with Escobar, the Cali Cartel is even more fascinating in places (even with the artistic license being taken).

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This was fantastic, took me an ep or 2 to get used to the loss of Pablo but the story rattles along and the Cali cartel are suitably evil to fill his shoes.

 

I love when they intersperse the story with actual news footage, shows how well cast the characters are looks (and make up) wise

 

Season 4 is commissioned and interesting to read the direction its heading

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  Navegante:

 

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I loved how his character developed this season, how in his own way he saw Salcedo as a friend. You'd think this guy never had friends or at least killed any he previously had. You sensed a warmness towards Salcedo that the character never showed previously that lead to that final scene between them. It sums Navegante's character up to think that not being the one who kills Salcedo means they can still be friends. I felt a sadness for the character after he shows the one bit of vulnerability and human side to himself to Salcedo who kills him without remorse. 

 

Best Navegante moment this season; telling Salcedo about having to clock off early because he really wants to meet an old girlfriend who has recently come home after 8yrs abroad. Salcedo thinking 'wow, maybe this guy is a human being after all' only for Navegante to follow it up basically with she grassed him up to the police 8yrs ago and he's been waiting ever since for revenge :)

 

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Ok caught up with all of them now and S3 is without a doubt the best season.  It seems to flow a lot better than the other seasons which I guess is down to having a compacted timeline an dnot having to go fro season 1's 20 odd year timeline to season 2's 3 month or so time line, its consistent and fresh in season 3.

 

Does the show miss  Escobar ? I don't think it does... the 4 main baddies are unique and identifiable enough to stand out on their own and their characters are suitably fleshed out to stand on their own.

 

As I said earlier, there are some real edge of your seat moments in this... the pacing is far far superior to the other seasons...

 

I can't wait for season 4's chaos!

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Finished.

 

That. Was. Brilliant.

 

Did wonder if Wagner Moura would leave too big a hole in the show but the progression into Cali's world worked very well. Pacho, Pena, Jorge and Navegante in particular were compelling throughout.

 

So tense, really high production values (looked amazing in 4K) and even with a satisfying finale, left plenty of room for more. Fantastic TV.

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