The series was created by Camilo Cano and Juana Uribe who are both closely tied with Pablo Escobar. Camilo Cano is the son of Guillermo Cano who was the publisher of newspaper El Espectador and who was murdered by Escobar in December 1986. Juana Uribe is the vice president of Caracol TV and also the series' producer. She is the daughter to Maruja Pachón who was kidnapped by Pablo Escobar on 7 November 1990 and later released. Juana is also the niece to presidential candidate Luis Carlos Galán who was killed by Escobar in August 1989. See more »
Several of the rifles used by the cartel members on this series are M4 carbines (the current version of the US military m16 rifle). The M4 carbine was not in use until 1994, the year after Escobar's death.
Furthemore, many of the military and cartel's guns in this series feature "picatinny rails" to mount accessories, such as flashlights, scopes, and laser aiming devices. This rail system was also not adopted until the mid '90s, and even then, not in full military use until years after Escobar was killed.
Finally, in several scenes the weapons are equipped with modern lighting systems and "quad rails," which were not developed until long after this story takes place.
The M16a1 and a2 rifles shown being used by the militants and police in this series are interspersed with the weapons mentioned above. Likely, the producers relied on whatever props they could acquire, and importing older, a1/a2 weapons was very cost prohibitive. See more »
This is a l..o..n..g series but one you can't stop watching once you've started. A low by blow, almost day by day account it feels like, of Pablo Escobar's life, his friendships, marriage and family life, his psychopathy, complex narcissistic personality, the sheer brutality of him and his gang. Dismissing massive bombings of suburbs, passenger plane and indiscriminate massacres of thousands of innocent Columbians as a way to fight the government, contrasts with being a man who cries when his murderous friends and gang members are killed by the government forces.
This is the first Colombian film series I've ever watched. You need to get used to its style. Part documentary, part drama, in parts it feels like part-soap, with sentimental segments (when Pablo's gang kills someone important) accompanied by heart-rending music. And a bit of rocky music in minor chords played in every tense scene leading to some action. But despite these quirks, you get used to this and it kinda grows on you.
Oh and the subtitles. Another source of entertainment. Whoever did the subtitles kinda knows how to translate into English. Probably learned in school. They are a constant source of some confusion and a lot of laughter, never being quite on the mark. But again, you get used to it and it all adds to being a fantastic piece of entertainment and education about this brutal part of modern Colombian history.
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