Narcos Episode Four – “The Palace in Flames”

Last episode (“The Men of Always”) Steve Murphy and Javier Peña succeeded in exposing Pablo and having him expelled from Congress with the help of Rodrigo Lara Bonilla. However this victory is short lived with Bonilla paying the terrible price for Pablo’s shattered dreams of presidency.

Though as always with Narcos nothing is ever simple. The tragic death of a well known politician leads to the Colombian government finally taking action against Escobar offering a reward for his capture and agreeing to extradite him and all found guilty of drug trafficking to America.

Unfortunately this also means that the America government severely loses interest in pursuing Escobar and thus heavily cuts funding for the DEA towards capturing a ‘mere drug trafficker’, instead focusing on the more ‘serious threats’ of the time. Like…

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Communists! Yes, reds, those dastardly, cold-blooded, fish-gilled bastard spawn of Satan. The greatest known threat to Truth, Justice and the American Way! Or at least that’s what Reagan would’ve had you believe. Meaning almost no help from Uncle Sam. Like Murphy says “if you wanted to turn on the tap to the richest country in the world: you better be hunting reds.”

Extradition. A declaration of war to Pablo Escobar, he forms a new organization to fight his enemies this time called “The Extraditables” deciding that if no judge were willing to enforce extradition that he would have nothing to worry about. He sends out written warnings to the judges of Colombia strongly advising against pursuing any action against him or any of his associates. This led to judges actually hiding their faces during trial for fear of retribution.

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Discontent continues to grow in Pablo’s camp with his associates growing more anxious of being extradited. Not unfairly blaming Pablo for the extremely unwanted attention received from the US and now Colombia, while a few protests are thrown Pablo’s way ultimately everyone decides to remain aboard the coke train, for now.

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When a raid is launched on Pablo’s home, forcing Pablo and his family to make a quick escape during which Gustavo berates Pablo “you fucked us Pablo … you just had to run for President” while hastily burning documents before fleeing via helicopter. Narrowly missing Pablo the raid isn’t a complete loss, a charred piece of paper survives leading them to a building where Escobar’s accountant “Blackbeard” is discovered hiding along with a mountain of evidence incriminating Escobar and all his fellow kingpins.

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Within this evidence they find Barry Seal aka “McPickle.” Former CIA operative and current drug trafficker flying plane loads of coke for Escobar. But coming prepared Barry has a card up his sleeve for the DEA, a photo of Escobar connecting him to known communist groups, in exchange for his safety and immunity. Bingo!

Now once more with the full support of the American government and a ton of evidence they lay numerous heavy strikes on Pablo’s operation. Destroying dozens of labs, including his largest, seizing tons of coke and capturing Carlos Lehder one of Pablo’s fellow kingpins and (Gustavo aside) his most vocal supporter within the cartel.

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Elisa a member of communist group M-19 finds out about a disturbing deal between Pablo and Ivan Torres leader of M-19. In exchange for $2,000,000 M-19 would lay siege to the Palace of Justice, destroying all of the evidence against Escobar. Unable to talk Ivan out of this plan she’s forced to tell Steve’s wife Connie, whom she works with as a nurse. Though this news comes too late, when Murphy and Peña get word of the attack it’s already underway with M-19 seizing the building and numerous hostages.

The assault on the Palace of Justice, which house the Supreme Court of Columbia, by M-19 is something you’ll have to see for yourself, even with actual footage of the siege spliced in to the action I still found it hard to believe.

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The dream is looking pretty dead for Pablo Escobar but that doesn’t mean he’s even close to done. What started in the previous episode with Pablo’s exile from Congress and his retaliatory assassination continues as things start to spiral for Pablo, while Steve and Javier are pulled further in to the drug war and reach a little closer to Escobar. Both sides continue to trade blows at no insignificant cost as the death toll keeps on rising to new heights. On the run and his business starting to come apart I can’t wait to see what the infamous and ever interesting Pablo Escobar will do next after the stunning events of this episode.

Excellent – 9.0/10

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“America wants Pablo Escobar to prove they’re winning a battle, when clearly, they’re losing a war.” – Luis Galan.

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