Narcos

Narcos

Season Two

DVD - 2017
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After drug lord Pablo Escobar escapes from prison, the Colombian police, rival cartels, and DEA agents try to take him down in the explosive second season of the hit series.
Publisher: Santa Monica, CA :, Lionsgate,, [2017]
Characteristics: 4 videodiscs (525 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
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jimg2000
Oct 11, 2017

Wikiquote has extensive S1 quotes but none of S2 yet:

Let me break it down for you: Four thousand soldiers a 250-man team of Colombia's elite forces tens of thousands of rounds fired - seven dogs and four fxckin' helicopters. Pablo Escobar was surrounded in the middle of fxckin' nowhere. There was no way he was getting out of this one right?
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Escobar will surely attempt to reestablish himself within the city, and we can't allow him and his sicarios to move freely. So my recommendation, Mr. President, is that we occupy Medellín. Flood the streets with officers. Conduct searches.
Close down the streets. Establish vehicle checkpoints. Pressure him until he appears, Mr. President.
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As smart as it was, Pablo wasn't the kind of guy who left anything to chance. Despite his absence, he still had a loyal following in Medellín. And a network of spotters kids mainly. And they were everywhere in the comunas. The spotters could identify which streets to take and which ones to avoid.

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jimg2000
Oct 11, 2017

These guys were no piece of shxt street dealers. They planned meticulously, maximizing profit, minimizing risk. As the business grew, a young ambitious Colombian kid, a guy you might know named Pacho Herrera, was such a good earner that the brothers eventually promoted him to partner. But they had a competitor, and not just any competitor.One that wasn't interested in abdicating the throne as the king of coke.
- Don Pablo.
But Gilberto was smart. He didn't care that Escobar wore the crown.
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He (Bush I) started by appointing a new ambassador. Badass former Navy man, Arthur Crosby who specialized in Latin American affairs and counterterrorism.
Next, he dug into his old CIA Rolodex, where there was no shortage of guys who knew how to fight dirty. And he sent us one of those, too.

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jimg2000
Oct 11, 2017

América de Cali, one of the best teams on the continent and a fierce rival of Pablo's Atlético Nacional. But what they'd never tell you is that these businesses were a front and that the Rodríguez brothers were the second biggest cocaine traffickers in the world: the leaders of the Cali cartel. Like Pablo and the Medellín cartel, they started out as run-of-the-mill criminals, bank robbers. And with all that money they scored from their heists, they quickly graduated to smuggling weed.
And when they realized that ten pounds of blow was worth as much as a ton of marijuana, they jumped headfirst into the cocaine business.

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jimg2000
Oct 11, 2017

Pablo Escobar said, "Sometimes I'm God. If I say a man dies, he dies the same day." In his career, this asshole killed thousands of police officers at a rate of over 400 a year. With numbers like that staring you in the face, you have to ask what possesses a man to put on a uniform that all but guarantees his days are numbered? Most of them were just kids, raised to reach a fork in the road and choose the right path. Fight for the good guys. They were young, they were full of hope and they thought they were invincible.
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You see, these spotters made it impossible for us to operate in the secrecy we required. So we needed to blind them. And the first step to blinding someone is getting them to open their eyes. Probably this rooftop here. Once those signals went up, we could pick them up, get a fix and get a location of each one.

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jimg2000
Oct 11, 2017

Tell me, how did Pablo Escobar get out of that prison while being surrounded by 400 soldiers?
-How many times do I have to tell you that I don't know how Escobar escaped? He must have paid someone off.
I would say that's almost certainly the case. This is about transparency, truth, law.
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Pablo Escobar, aside from being a terrorist, is also allied with the guerrillas, whom he has helped on many occasions. Putting an end to Pablo Escobar is a patriotic act. Imagine, Pacho, your financial resources combined with all of the information you have on Pablo Escobar's operation - with our military experience - We'd make one hell of a death squad.

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jimg2000
Oct 11, 2017

Los Pepes Colombia is a Catholic country, so Christmas is a big deal. But the people of Medellín always take it to the next level. And despite the manhunt for Pablo going on around them, this year was no different. Call it faith, optimism, or stubbornness, the people of Medellín thought they'd seen it all, but they hadn't.
In fact, they hadn't seen anything yet.
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Look, I don't care what you do with the commies and the paramilitaries. But as soon as your ongoing operations involve narcos you're in my backyard.
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Life goes on, right? And for Escobar, that was a pretty good thing. He remained at large, protected by an army of sicarios in a city that refused to give him up.

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jimg2000
Oct 11, 2017

I read in a book somewhere about a rich guy who goes broke. When he's asked how it happened, how he had lost everything, he answered: "Slowly at first. And then all at once.
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Los Pepes may have disbanded, but that didn't mean they were done.
The story of a vigilante army taking down Escobar made for great headlines.
And while no one was named, it's not to say it wasn't cause for concern.
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Join the DEA, see the world, right?
-The airport, anyways.
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The narcos always talk about loyalty till their own asses are on the line.
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Due to events in their fairly recent past, Germany had some of the softest immigration standards in Europe. If you had a pulse, they tended to let you in.
Now maybe that was good for mankind, and it was certainly good for the Escobars. It was very bad for us.

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jimg2000
Oct 11, 2017

SPOILER ALERT:
And in 1993, during the hunt for Escobar, 372 metric tons. Now that piece of shxt is on his last leg. Every one of his labs has been shut down. And cocaine production goes up. The important thing in these moments isn't how one reacts, but how well one has prepared for them. Gentlemen, I have to tell you that we are ready. Can you imagine what happens next year? And we won't be needing kidnappings and bombs to succeed. We will do it covertly. And when they turn around to see what happened, we'll no longer be there.
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All that time hunting him and just like that, I'm looking down at Pablo fxcking Escobar. For years I'd been building this son of a bitch up in my head. What a monster he'd be. But here's the thing. When you lay eyes on him, the devil's a real letdown. Just a man. Beard grows if he doesn't shave. Fat and shoeless. You take a good long look at evil, and it reminds you of one .

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jimg2000
Oct 11, 2017

Papa, how will Santa know how to find us?
-Santa... Santa will always find your good and kind heart - Wherever you are in this world.
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Papa, how will Santa know how to find us?
-Santa... Santa will always find your good and kind heart - Wherever you are in this world.
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Look up "magical realism" in the dictionary, and it'll describe a literary style incorporating fantastic or mythical elements into otherwise realistic fiction. Colombia is where it began. And anyone who's spent real time here knows why. It's a place where the bizarre shakes hands with the inexplicable on a daily basis.
But just like in the novels of Gabriel García Márque, the weird shit usually pops off at certain critical moments. When the whole place is on edge. When everything's about to change.

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jimg2000
Oct 11, 2017

Are you sure you want to laugh at your wife while she's holding a gun? It's not a joke, Pablo. Those 20 men out there don't care what happens to us. When the time comes, it will just be you and me. And I will be part of this, Pablo.
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And with a Commander in Chief who used to be the head of the CIA - well, you can use your imagination as to what "appropriate resources" might mean.
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Do you acknowledge that you have committed crimes in the past, or that you ordered someone's death?
-That answer, one could only give to his priest. In a confessional.
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Stress is dangerous. How's the weed working out?
-I haven't been smoking a lot.
The first man who smoked marijuana was a Chinese emperor. He burned the plant because he was attracted to its smell. But when he inhaled the smoke, he saw a blue jay. And the bird told him to conquer his neighboring empires. And that's what he did.

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bitsysmom
Oct 18, 2017

This is quite a good series.

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jimg2000
Oct 11, 2017

The actors are better in their roles than S1 as expected but the novelty of cocaine trade in Colombia, the saga of Pablo Escobar and the drug cartels had worn thin. Found the constant hide and seek between Escobar and his enemies, i.e. competing drug lords, DEA and Bogotá police repetitive and a bunch of uninspiring violent strings of events. Began to reach for the fast forward button during the 2nd disc to the end.

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