“Pablo’s path was total war, he established a bounty system for killing cops and over 200 were slaughtered.” – Steve Murphy
After the death of presidential candidate Luis Galan his close friend and campaign adviser Dr Gaviria steps into the dangerous shoes of presidential candidate, continuing his predecessors platform of extradition for all Narcos in honour of his departed friend. Like his predecessors this makes him a prime target for Escobar, who upon his return has become even more bloodthirsty – ready to die before being extradited from his native country.
Elisa is the only surviving link between the M-19 assault on the Palace of Justice and Escobar. Elisa can provide much needed intel but if she were to go public she would no doubt quickly be murdered by Escobar, and Murphy and Pena would be branded traitors for harbouring a known communist. A problem that causes more than a little tension amongst Steve, Javier and Connie.
Deciding on the best course of action for now would be for Connie and Elisa to make it out of town and lay low until Elisa can gain immunity and be safely deposed of all knowledge on Escobar and Medellin cartel. So for the first time Connie actually plays a part in action assisting Steve in tricking the CIA, who after capturing and torturing one of her comrades discover that Murphy and Pena plant a wiretap in his car. This fact Steve discovers (apparently a little paranoid himself) and uses to his advantage distracting the CIA while Connie attempts to drive Elisa out of Bogota.
Elsewhere on the board Murphy needs to find a way to keep the latest presidential candidate from becoming the next dead one, offering his assistance to candidate Cesar Gaviria and likely future victim of Escobar. Steve attempts to convince Gaviria and his head of security to accept additional help from the US in regards to security – an offer which both of them politely and strongly decline. Understandably Gaviria, like many other Colombians such as Carillo, has a deep personal investment in removing the Narcos from Colombia, but would rather do so without Team America’s “help“.
With Steve busy trying to avoid another Lara Bonilla situation Pena and Carillo work on a plan to capture/kill Gatcha. Carillo wants him dead plain and simple, so do his men whom have all personally lost people to Gatcha and his men. Pena would prefer Gatcha alive so he can be pumped for info on his fellow kingpins. Without reaching an agreement on the capture/kill part of the plan they and the “Search Bloc”, Carillo’s personal anti-narco task force, launch an assault on the compound where Gatcha is holed up. Kicking off a bloody and explosive battle between Carillo’s men and Gatcha’s men.
When it’s discovered the infamous bomber, designer and member of terrorist group Eta known as “The Spaniard” is being escorted around Colombia by Pablo’s men alarm bells start ringing for Murphy. Known for the assassination of numerous political figures most notably Spanish Prime Minister Luis Blanco, the Spaniard is basically the Steve Jobs of creative ways to blow up political figures. Knowing that Gaviria could be assassinated at any time, completely refusing to compromise or accept unnecessary American help and look weak before his people and enemies.
Peña and Carillo make a big move on Narcos top brass Gacha dealing a massive blow to the Medellin cartel while Murphy attempts to detonate a plot to kill pro-extradition presidential candidate Cesar Gaviria while Connie steps up to help outsmart the CIA and smuggle Elisa out of the city. Living up to it’s name “Explosivos” offers up one of Narcos most tense and action packed episodes yet bringing numerous ongoing plot threads to a head with both sides proving they really aren’t fucking around in this costly game of power consuming Colombia.
Amazing – 9/10