Narcos was pretty well reviewed when it first hit the schedule late last summer, and it wasn't any real shock when Netflix signed on for a second season of the drama, which follows the life of Pablo Escobar. Now that Season 2 is set to premiere, reviewers everywhere are looking to get their hands on a copy, and they aren't the only ones. In fact, Pablo Escobar's brother, Roberto Escobar, is apparently trying to cajole Netflix into giving him a copy to review.
On Tuesday, the brother of the late drug kingpin released a statement from Escobar Inc. (via Business Insider).
I am submitting a formal, friendly request to review this material solely on an informational basis. It is depicting me, my life, my family and my brother. I think nobody else in the world is alive to determine the validity of the materials, but me.
So, looking at this quote it's clear he feels a strong desire to view the episodes early. But does he want to complain about the validity of the series? Does he just want to watch because Narcos amuses him? Does he think that because other people get review copies and he is technically kin to Pablo Escobar he should get one too? Does he want to take legal action against the drama? A closer look at the notice states that Escobar simply wants to make sure that Narcos gives an accurate portrayal of Roberto and Pablo, but since the new episodes are scheduled to premiere on September 2, it's really too late to go back and make changes to the fictionalized version of the famous story. Fictionalized being the key word, here.
In 2015, Roberto Escobar actually started Escobar Inc. and registered for successor-in-interest rights to the Escobar family name in California. Prior to this move, the man was known for being the accountant for the Medellín cartel, a man who revealed that rats nibbled on a portion of the Medellín cartel's take and the cartel had to write it off as lost money. Regardless of his role in the cartel and his connections, he is not a main character on the Narcos series.
Narcos Season 2 is reportedly going to be about Pablo Escobar escaping the police and then eventually sealing his fate. It is unclear if Narcos will be able to continue on after Pablo Escobar's story is finished. The drama has seen numerous behind-the-scenes changes already, and had to hire a new set of showrunners for Season 2; it was the third time the series had to do so. Who knows if this will be a drama that could stick it out over the long haul?
To find out what else the streaming service has coming up, check out our Netflix premiere schedule.