Now Pepe Cadena finishes telling the story in which the most powerful drug traffickers in Colombia are strengthened but later fall while he and others dedicate themselves to the dangerous task of exposing them to collaborate with justice.
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Diego Cadavid ...
 Pepe Cadena (1 episode, 2010)
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 Milton Jiménez 'El Cabo' (1 episode, 2010)
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 Andrea Negrete (1 episode, 2010)
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 Victoria 'Vicky' Puerta (1 episode, 2010)
Jhon Álex Toro ...
 Raimundo Salgado 'Antenas' (1 episode, 2010)
Luis Eduardo Arango ...
 John 'El Gordo' (1 episode, 2010)
Alejandro Martínez ...
 Mayor Luis Madero (1 episode, 2010)
Juan Sebastián Aragón ...
 Rodolfo Guillate 'El Rockie' (1 episode, 2010)
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 Holger Prado 'El Puma' (1 episode, 2010)
Santiago Moure ...
 Mario Lopera 'Don Mario' (1 episode, 2010)
Carlos Echavarría ...
 Diego Casas 'Caliche' (1 episode, 2010)
Juan Carlos Arango ...
 Gonzalo Tovar 'Buñuelo' (1 episode, 2010)
John Gertz ...
 Sam Mattews (1 episode, 2010)
Andrés Parra ...
 Alfonso Rendón 'Anestesia' (1 episode, 2010)
Luis Fernando Montoya ...
 Primo (1 episode, 2010)
Marcela Agudelo ...
 Aracely (1 episode, 2010)
Angelica Blandon ...
 Johanna Lesmes (1 episode, 2010)
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 El Mariachi (1 episode, 2010)
Tommy Vasquez ...
 Capitán Harvey Racines (1 episode, 2010)
Margarita Muñoz ...
 María Luisa Higuera (1 episode, 2010)
Andrea Noceti ...
 Lina María Acevedo (1 episode, 2010)
Paola Dulce ...
 Blanca (1 episode, 2010)
Paula Barreto ...
 Larissa Márquez (1 episode, 2010)
Diana Patricia Hoyos ...
 Zully Carmona (1 episode, 2010)
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 Olga (1 episode, 2010)
Juliana Galvis ...
 Eliana Saldarriaga (1 episode, 2010)
Sandra Reyes ...
 Amparo Cadena (1 episode, 2010)
Anthony Guzman ...
 Agente Peter McAllister (1 episode, 2010)
Michelle Manterola ...
 Agente Lilian Young (1 episode, 2010)
Ramiro Sandoval ...
 Oliver García (1 episode, 2010)
Sandra Guzmán ...
 Patricia Carmona (1 episode, 2010)
Camilo Sáenz ...
 John Mario Martínez 'Pirulo' (1 episode, 2010)
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 XL (1 episode, 2010)
Ulises Gonzalez ...
 Pedro 'El Manteco' (1 episode, 2010)
Julian Alvarez ...
 Teniente Calero (1 episode, 2010)
Esteban Franco ...
 Juan B. Guillén 'El Piloto' (1 episode, 2010)
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 El Golfo (1 episode, 2010)
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 Escolta de 'El Golfo' (1 episode, 2010)
Ismael Barrios ...
 Farid Duarte (1 episode, 2010)
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 Sebastián Bonera (1 episode, 2010)
Hermes Camelo ...
 Leonardo Villegas (1 episode, 2010)
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 Martín González 'El Fresita' (1 episode, 2010)
Orlando Casín ...
 El Ronco (1 episode, 2010)
Juan Hugo Cárdenas ...
 Milton de Jesús Jiménez (1 episode, 2010)
Guy Davidyan ...
 Julián Levy (1 episode, 2010)
Julio Echeverri ...
 Lemaitre (1 episode, 2010)
Freddy Flórez ...
 Franklin (1 episode, 2010)
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 Lucía (1 episode, 2010)
Giovanni Galindo ...
 Mogollo (1 episode, 2010)
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 Jaime Vélez 'El Pajarraco' (1 episode, 2010)
José Luis García ...
 Rambo (1 episode, 2010)
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 Agente Katherine (1 episode, 2010)
Manuel Antonio Gómez ...
 El Pariente (1 episode, 2010)
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 Agente Navarro (1 episode, 2010)
Dorian Keller ...
 Guillermo Polo 'Guillo' (1 episode, 2010)
Viña Machado ...
 Joyce (1 episode, 2010)
Andrés Martínez ...
 Mayor Madero (1 episode, 2010)
Bárbaro Marín ...
 Luisinho (1 episode, 2010)
Holtzman Núñez ...
 Wilson Gamboa 'Paredón' (1 episode, 2010)
Juan de Dios Ortíz ...
 Agent DEA (1 episode, 2010)
Conrado Osorio ...
 Capitán Pérez (1 episode, 2010)
Alex Paez ...
 La Perra (1 episode, 2010)
Gilberto Reyes ...
 Abogado Eddy Doménico (1 episode, 2010)
Jonny Rivera ...
 Antonio Villegas (1 episode, 2010)
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 DEA Agent (1 episode, 2010)
Andres Salazar
(1 episode, 2010)
Carlos Serrato ...
 Doctor Rayo (1 episode, 2010)
Carlos Alberto Sánchez ...
 Weimar Castro 'Caremotor' (1 episode, 2010)
Waldo Urrego ...
 Fermín Urrego 'El Tigre' (1 episode, 2010)
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 Marcela Hernández 'La India' (1 episode, 2010)
Édgar Vittorino ...
 Adolfo Auchaibe (1 episode, 2010)
Nini Vásquez ...
 Malena (1 episode, 2010)
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Now Pepe Cadena finishes telling the story in which the most powerful drug traffickers in Colombia are strengthened but later fall while he and others dedicate themselves to the dangerous task of exposing them to collaborate with justice.

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Another success
6 December 2010 | by (US) – See all my reviews

Could Caracol pull off another hit like El Cartel 1? They did, but it's not as outstanding as the first season. Season 1 was an irresistible tour de force, nearly perfect in script, acting, humor, violence. Season 2 shows some weaknesses.

This time around the narrator is Pepe Cadena, although he is not the center of the story, he is being chased by killers in Miami. What we have is a variety of characters, locales, and stories vying to be the main story. Things move fast and furiously in Guerra Total. Tampa, Miami, Mexico, Colombia, Brasil. The background is that Cabo and Don Mario are basically at war with each other, war till death. They are busy trying to get each other's men killed. Cabo is also trying to eliminate some loose ends in the US.

At first it's DEA agent Sam whose story gets plenty of attention. He is working in Tampa to get a Colombian drug dealer. The wife, Zuly, will fall first but is reluctant to give her husband up. Sam and Zuly end up falling in love, a love that can't really flourish. That story will continue until the end of the season as Zuly joins a witness protection program in Colombia.

Initially there are also two stories taking place in Mexico. One involves two Colombian women, aunt and niece, who work packaging drugs. The niece falls for a Colombian guy who is there working for Mexican drug lords. But bosses in Colombia want some of these Mexicans eliminated. There's plenty of action and excitement in that story as Mexican police are on the trail of these drug lords.

All of this is somewhat difficult to follow as it involves mostly new characters whose connections with known characters is unclear. Things finally pick up when one of the best characters of season 1 takes center stage: Cabo. He and Don Mario come to a tense truce. That allows both to relax and dedicate themselves to affairs of the heart. Both fall in love. Don Mario with a reporter. Cabo with a gorgeous model (Carolina Guerra, the real life wife of Diego Cadavid who plays Pepe). Both women will end up getting these guys in serious trouble. A great new character is Primo, played with bravura by Luis Fernando Montoya, who is a distant relative of Cabo. He convinces the madly in love Cabo to move to Venezuela where things are calmer- or are they?

A new character is Antenas, a computer nerd who assists drug lords and is informing to the DEA, but his DEA handlers are corrupt and leave him hanging. This character sticks around till the end, now helping the Colombian police.

There is an obscure substory involving the Paramilitaries who give themselves up to authorities, are "jailed" on one of their own farms, where they do things like mediate between drug lords. But then they are all taken away and moved to a jail on a ship.

A very exciting and action-packed story is centered on a hero cop who hunts drug lords wherever they are. He's been very successful but doesn't count on corrupt military who are on the side of Don Mario.

Another high point of the season is the re-appearance of Anestesia, perhaps the funniest character in Season 1. He is in Miami living the life of a good law-abiding citizen. After telling everything to US authorities he now sees himself basically as a US law enforcement officer. But the life continues to haunt him as he runs into shady characters trying to convince them to leave crime behind and to love the US. He chats with Colombian detainees trying to convince them to work with US authorities.

El Cartel Guerra Total has everything you would expect from a sequel to El Cartel De Los Sapos. What is missing though is a center. Pepe's story isn't all that significant and his character is not as charismatic as Martin from season 1. The summary above is only a part of all the different people and stories taking place. This season is not as riotously funny as the first. Somehow, the issue of drug trade also takes a back seat. Now it's just about saving your skin, eliminating enemies, or attending to romance. Also missing are gorgeous Colombian girls. It's pretty much up to Carolina Guerra to carry the torch, and she is lovely indeed and full of life.

A very interesting idea arises in this season that is not fully explored. And that is the existence of a powerful syndicate who are everywhere, know everything, and control everything that happens in Colombia. Perhaps this will be further developed in a future season. It would have been nearly impossible for a sequel to match or surpass the excellence of Cartel 1 but Guerra Total is a worth successor that should not be missed. Both remain the finest programs produced in Latin America.


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