Review: Money Heist, Season 1 (2017)

So, part of quarantine that has made me not completely lose my mind is the amount of new content available to my family thanks to streaming services. It’s nice to be able to scroll through a variety of options and find something new to spend time watching with your family. One of these new shows would be ‘La Casa de Papel’, or ‘Money Heist’, a Spanish heist drama that focuses on a group of misfits who work together to basically perform one of the biggest robberies ever at the Royal Mint in Spain. Personally, I think these types of stories are still fascinating and entertaining, whether or not we have seen them fairly consistently. I’ll preface this with what I especially learned after experiencing ‘Parasite’ — watch the subtitles, DON’T dub over the actors’ voices. We initially tried dubbing just to test it out, and it completely ruins the whole vibe. The language, in my opinion, obviously is much more genuine and important in a narrative sense. The story isn’t meant to be Americanized, and by trying to dub English over it, you would be ruining what the story stands for as a whole. When people complain about subtitles, it really irks me because it just comes off selfish and tone-deaf. Anyway, ‘Money Heist’ is seriously a good time. It started a little slow in my opinion, and I won’t give too much away, but by the end we were all literally falling off our chairs. The whole cops v. robbers visual is a staple, but here it is nuanced because we learn the two factions are more connected than we originally saw. The especially stress-inducing relationship between The Professor and Detective Murillo takes the spotlight for me because the audience is aware he is double-crossing her basically, but it is a time-bomb as to if she finds out herself. If any of you enjoyed Inception or Breaking Bad, I think you’d enjoy this because there are plenty of mind games and anxious moments as well as developed and cohesive plot lines. This is only part 1, but I am very much looking forward to what comes next because this group of people are so complicated and interesting. Rating: B+.