Narcos (2015–2017)
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The Kingpin Strategy 

The Gentlemen of Cali gather their associates together for a big surprise announcement about the future of their business.


Andrés Baiz (as Andi Baiz)


Chris Brancato (created by), Carlo Bernard (created by) | 5 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Pedro Pascal ... Javier Peña
Damián Alcázar ... Gilberto Rodríguez Orejuela
Alberto Ammann ... Pacho Herrera
Francisco Denis ... Miguel Rodríguez Orejuela
Pêpê Rapazote ... Chepe Santacruz Londoño
Matias Varela ... Jorge Salcedo
Javier Cámara ... Guillermo Pallomari
Arturo Castro ... David Rodriguez
Eric Lange ... Bill Stechner
Andrea Londo ... Maria Salazar
Kerry Bishé ... Christina Jurado
Edward James Olmos ... Chucho Peña
Shea Whigham ... Agent Duffy
Brett Cullen ... Arthur Crosby
Miguel Ángel Silvestre ... Franklin Jurado


Agent Peña returns home, and discusses his future with his father, where he reveals to still being determined to pursuing Cali's narcos. The "Cali gentlemen" prepare for a large gathering in which they'll unveil their future objectives. In addition, the plot unearth Cali's clandestine tracking methods of their rivals and methods of retaliating them (just then one of Cali's leaders turns to be openly gay). Meanwhile, agent Peña is restored in the DEA, while conflicting interests of the CIA and the DEA collides. Written by OHAD

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Gilberto Orejuela: [at Cartel party] An American named Joseph Kennedy made his fortune selling bootlegged liquor, but he turned that money into legitimacy. His children, great politicians. And one of them was even elected president. Yes, gentlemen, we have been negotiating with the authorities, and soon we will reach an agreement.
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OK, but lacks character development.
17 February 2019 | by schroederagustavoSee all my reviews

The drug war is a war that cannot be won. It will continue to go on and on as long as the demand for these substances is there (definitely) or until they are decriminalized. This first episode of Narcos makes that fact abundantly clear. You cut the head of a snake and four more grow in its place. With the death of Pablo Escobar, we now follow the rise to power of the Cali Cartel.

This episode shows us many characters we already know from previous seasons (Gilberto and Pacho) and some new ones (Chepe and others.) I can remember the very first episode of Narcos where we get to meet Pablo Escobar and his operation, but most of all the man behind the business. We don't know anything about the Gentlemen of Cali on a personal basis. We know they like to dress well, spend money, and lay low (while still being brutal). I would have liked some more character stuff, get to know these guys better.

Also, Peña is back, which should be amazing. However, in this episode he didn't have much to do, so hopefully in future episodes he'll be more hands on.

A lot of stuff is going on, and most of it doesn't deliver the impact I would have liked, mostly because we don't know these people. They are seen as heartless killers and buisnessmen. The great thing about former seasons was Pablo because we knew him on a personal level and care (on some degree). I don't care about these people.

Overall, it was OK. The last scene with the motorcycles is entertaining enough to justify the existance of the rest of the episode.

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Release Date:

1 September 2017 (USA) See more »

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1.78 : 1
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