I have to confess: I'm not as hooked on my telenovela as I originally imagined.
I've been trying to figure out why this is. Narconovelas in general are riveting, action-filled plots––so where is my disconnect with Pablo Escobar: El Patron de Mal coming from? All the actors and actresses are incredibly talented, and Andrés Parra is the most convincing Escobar there is––and probably ever will be. The characters are developing, the plot is thickening, yet I have to convince myself to watch.
I think it boils down to one thing: the love story. Although there's a triangle with Paty and Regina and Escobar, I think sometimes I just want a classic, rosa love story. I think it may be tied to what many of the de ruptura consumption presentations discussed: with these sorts of novelas, the audience wants a powerful love story to latch onto. The main themes of drugs, violence and corruption are key; they're also expected. I knew going into the telenovela that I would be consuming and grappling with real issues that happened to real Colombians. But to keep my interest piqued, I need the ups and downs of a telenovela love story.
Paty and Escobar go from zero to 100; we see them as kids, then they're married, then she's pregnant, then there's turmoil––but minor. I want more from Paty, and I'm hoping I will. She's shown herself as a strong woman who won't merely accept her husband's behavior. But, she's also easily fooled and tends to believe the lies Escobar tells her so quickly that the audience has little time to actually worry about their relationship.
His relationship with Regina is interesting, and I think this will prove to be a more captivating story––if only because Regina is more outspoken, bold and clever. She isn't afraid to challenge him––or any man.
Overall, I am hoping that as I continue along, I will experience more of that melodrama that I need. Perhaps it's me: I want an escape when I watch TV, and Escobar doesn't provide that relatable escape for me. Even other similar shows I've watched (where I would never want to escape to) like Lost or Breaking Bad have had one relatable element or character that keeps me engaged.
Hopefully, I will find that one aspect that even I can connect and engage with, so that I can better consume the important, real story the writers intended.