What do you think of when you hear the name Pablo Escobar? Probably the usual: Colombian drug lord, cocaine kingpin, ruthless killer. Some of us have heard the name, but don’t know much about his life, while others know exactly who he was and what he did. But, the story of those who confronted him remains untold, until now.
Caracol network’s new series on Monday nights, Escobar, el Patrón del Mal, is about the life of this famous criminal, but it also focuses on the brave people who stood up to him. It makes sense, since the scriptwriters, Camilo Cano and Juana Uribe, are actually children of Escobar’s victims: Cano’s father, who was editor of the newspaper El Espectador, was murdered in 1986 under Escobar’s orders, and Uribe’s mother, a prominent journalist, was held hostage for seven months. Uribe’s uncle, presidential candidate Luis Carlos Galan, was also murdered by order of Escobar in 1989.
The show, which is based on the book by Alfonso Salazar, “La Parábola de Pablo”, is different in that it doesn’t praise him or put him on a pedestal, as some shows tend to do when discussing his rise to power. Instead, it shows him as the merciless criminal that he was, his tendencies to manipulate and deceive portrayed even in the brief childhood scenes shown in the first episode.
If you’ve always heard the name but never fully understood the reign of terror that Pablo Escobar held in Colombia for 20 years, this show can definitely help fill you in.