Narco-Saints: Episodes 1-6 (Series review)


Narco-Saints: Episodes 1-six (Series critique)

Netflix’s most current drama drop Narco-Saints is just as dark and gritty as 1 would anticipate from the streaming giant, but this six-episode restricted series is tightly woven and subtly suspenseful. Set in Suriname, the story is about a Korean civilian businessman who unintentionally finds himself caught in the middle of a drug war and the NIS’s plot to extradite a drug lord back to South Korea.


EPISODES 1-six Critique

Narco-Saints: Episodes 1-6 (Series review)

Complete disclosure, Beanies: I one hundred% began this drama for actor Yoo Yeon-seok. So picture my surprise when the initial episode rolled credits, and I discovered myself eager for far more even although my preferred actor had but to seem on the screen. As a person who leans far more towards campy rom-coms, I was not expecting to binge this drama in 1 sitting, but right here I am.

The initial episode of Narco-Saints requires its time introducing our major character KANG IN-GU (Ha Jung-woo) and the situations that led to him going undercover as a civilian informant for the NIS. Beginning with his father’s return from the Vietnam War, In-gu recounts his life’s story with an pretty much detached objectivity, weaving the tale of a young boy who became the breadwinner and guardian of his younger siblings far also quickly. Each and every decision he created in life — from his selection to do judo to marrying his wife — was created out of a sense of survival, and in the present he functions numerous jobs to present for his loved ones. Regardless of all of his difficult function, he hasn’t dug his way out of poverty, and he wonders if he, like his father, will function himself to death.

Narco-Saints: Episodes 1-6 (Series review) Narco-Saints: Episodes 1-6 (Series review)

When his extended-time buddy PARK EUNG-SOO (Hyun Bong-shik) approaches him with a profitable small business chance, In-gu is at initial dismissive, but just after undertaking his personal investigation, In-gu realizes that Eung-soo’s strategy could prove fruitful. Skate, a fish preferred in South Korean cuisine, is mainly imported from Chile, and their monopoly permits them to set an exorbitantly higher industry value. But what if In-gu and Eung-soo could get skate for low-cost from an unknown nation exactly where it is viewed as unappetizing and worthless?

And so, In-gu and Eung-soo travel to Suriname and commence exporting skate to South Korea, but even a reputable small business like theirs can’t escape the corruption discovered in this modest nation. Virtually right away, they are approached by the Surinamese army and are forced to spend protection charges that consume into their income, but the army does not stick to by means of with their guarantee of defending their skate small business from the likes of CHEN ZHEN (Chang Chen), the leader of the regional Chinese gang. He also desires a piece of In-gu and Eung-soo’s small business, and their lives are on the line if they do not spend up. So a lot for creating dollars in Suriname, amirite?

Narco-Saints: Episodes 1-6 (Series review)

In-gu and Eung-soo discover help from an unlikely supply: Pastor JEON YO-HWAN (Hwang Jung-min), the respected leader of a Korean church founded in Suriname. He appears amiable and concerned about his fellow countrymen’s plight, and supplying to mediate on their behalf, he escorts them to Chinatown for a private meeting with Chen Zhen.

It swiftly becomes apparent — to the audience at least — that Yo-hwan’s pastor persona is a cover for one thing decidedly far more sinister. Yo-hwan’s message to Chen Zhen, spoken in Korean so In-gu and Eung-soo can comprehend, is amicable and befitting of a religious leader, but his translator BYEON KI-TAE (Jo Woo-jin) delivers a message in Chinese that is far far more threatening. When Chen Zhen remains unfazed, Yo-hwan methods up and delivers a threat that transcends language barriers, and In-gu and Eung-soo shift uncomfortably at Yo-hwan’s colorful and un-pastor-like vocabulary.

Narco-Saints: Episodes 1-6 (Series review) Narco-Saints: Episodes 1-6 (Series review)

The two businessmen move forward with their skate exporting, and they swiftly commence creating a profit devoid of the Chinese gang looming more than them. Every thing seems to be going nicely — till the Surinamese police raid their warehouse and arrest In-gu for smuggling cocaine inside the skate.

In prison, In-gu is approached by NIS agent CHOI CHANG-HO (Park Hae-soo), who explains that Yo-hwan is wanted for several drug crimes in South Korea, and due to the fact moving to Suriname, he has constructed a cocaine empire. Regrettably, due to Surinamese laws, the NIS has not been capable to arrest and extradite Yo-hwan back to South Korea.

Yo-hwan was the 1 who place the cocaine in In-gu’s skate since he’s attempting to discover a smuggling route into South Korea. Chang-ho asks In-gu to assist the NIS steer Yo-hwan towards a route that goes by means of Puerto Rico, a United States territory, which would let the NIS to function collaboratively with the DEA to arrest Yo-hwan. For the proper value, In-gu accepts the deal, and so starts the major plot of our story, which I do not want to spoil since I do really feel that this drama is worth watching — if you are open to a darker and far more violent viewing encounter.

Narco-Saints: Episodes 1-6 (Series review)

In-gu, in unique, is a pretty exciting character, and although a substantial component of the suspense is rooted in worrying that he will be caught, there’s also the added curiosity of no matter whether or not he will stay a “good” guy. In-gu, like Liam Nielson in Taken, has a unique set of capabilities that he’s acquired more than his lifetime, and his capability to infiltrate Yo-hwan’s drug operation appears pretty much second nature.

He’s also a man driven by a wish for dollars, and time and time once more he skirts detection and avoids becoming killed by attractive to Yo-hwan and Chen Zhen by means of their shared interest in profit creating. Operating undercover for the South Korean government is not almost as profitable as managing a drug empire, so there normally appears to be an underlying threat that he will turn on the NIS.

Yo-hwan is also a rather exciting villain. Every thing about him is fake, from his religious persona to the autographed sports memorabilia that he gifts to new small business partners, but there’s a side of him that he only reveals to In-gu. It is like he’s secretly desperate for an ally and an equal, and recognizing that In-gu is playing him tends to make Yo-hwan slightly sympathetic.

Narco-Saints: Episodes 1-6 (Series review)

General, the acting in this drama is excellent, even if the excessive use of English as the universal small business language of the Suriname drug planet created some scenes really feel a bit stilted. It wasn’t the worst I’ve noticed, although. A lot of instances when Korean actors have English dialogue, they appear so focused on pronunciation that they neglect to act, but I didn’t really feel that was an challenge right here — specifically not with Ha Jung-woo and Yoo Yeon-seok (who played Yo-hwan’s legal advisor DAVID PARK).

For most men and women, like me, who watch Korean dramas to escape to a happier, far more rose-tinted planet, this will not be a drama that interests them. If you are open to one thing that is the polar opposite of a fluffy rom-com, although, I suggest checking this 1 out. It nevertheless may well not be your cup of tea, but I recommend watching by means of the second episode ahead of deciding no matter whether or not it is your flavor.

Narco-Saints: Episodes 1-6 (Series review)

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