perhaps we’re headed for a circa-1980s, mid-cold war american scepticism revival in US programming. there’s The Americans, a great show about Soviet spies undercover as a married couple in Washington DC, Deutschland 83, Amazon’s German-language outfit about the average east-Berlin-soldier-turned-spy, and now Narcos, a Netflix chronicling of Pablo Escobar’s ridiculous sphere of influence in the early 1980s.
these separately occurring pieces share similar themes, but more importantly, share the same cynicism that was the general sentiment of the 80s. post a tech revolution, cynicism has newfound favor. these shows weave together actual moments in history to portray a story both fictitious and true, and the real result is the lasting question of if we have progressed at all.
when Nancy said “just say no”, it seems like no one was listening.
side note: despite Narcos’ lag in storytelling ability, particularly in comparison to subtitled counterpart, Deutschland 83, Wagner Moura surpasses all expectations as Escobar. and to think, he barely spoke any Spanish at all.