Monday Night TV: Senor de los Cielos Returns

Update: This may be the best season yet. (I won't give the plot details about characters for a few days to give people a chance to watch it.) Some non-spoiler details: Season three begins 4 years after season 2 ended so everyone's lives have changed. There's a more valuable commodity than cocaine -- uranium in Venezuela. As with last season, there are Venezuelan generals working with FARC in the Colombian jungle at the cocaine labs (which produce coke for the Mexican drug lords.) What's new is that the Iranians have entered the picture and are making deals with all of them to get their hands on Venezuelan uranium. The uranium is to be transported to Mexico and then the U.S. The CIA now wants to take control of Aurelio from the DEA because now it's a matter of national security.[More...]

The President of Mexico is making deals with the U.S. provided they won't interfere with his wife's plans to succeed him as President. Suffice it to say, they may make Aurelio (who is tortured daily in prison by corrupt Mexican guards in some brutal scenes) an offer he won't refuse.

It looks like the show will focus a lot more on political corruption on an international scale this season.


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Senor de los Cielos, Season 3, begins tonight on Telemundo. Aurelio Casillas(loosely based on deceased Mexican drug lord Amado Carrillo Fuentes) is in jail, having been taken down in the last episode of season 2. His daughter will make her entry into the drug business. She's pregnant with the child of his arch enemy, Chemo. Here's the first episode description:

The Lord of heaven is imprisoned in a bunker of the Mexican Navy. He has spent months locked between four walls without knowing if it is day or night, withstanding the hard punishment of torturers who seek out the names and whereabouts of accomplices. But Aurelio has not opened his mouth, because the real pain is not in the body with each blow, but on the inside, in his conscience, having lost his freedom, his empire, the life of Heriberto, his eldest son, the love of his daughters, Monica Robles and all the women who loved him.

While many of the good characters have been killed off, and his brother Chacorta (Vicente in real life, who arrested last year and may face extradition to the U.S.) isn't returning, there are still plenty of good characters left, including Monica Robles (who just had Aurelio's baby), the Colombian agent Leo (a stunning woman who started her fictional career as an newbie undercover agent trying to take down Pablo Escobar), and cartel rival Chemo. There will also be new villains.

I highly recommend watching. If you don't speak Spanish and just have Comcast, you may be out of luck for close-captioning because they will only be in Spanish. (I use an antenna and watch over the air because Telemundo provides captions in both languages. I don't know about Dish or Direct TV or the other companies.)

It airs at 9pm and again at midnight, MT, and there's a new episode every weeknight. You can also watch the first 20 minutes here.

SDLOS is not quite as compelling as El Capo, as fascinating to watch as La Reina del Sur, or as historical as Pablo Escobar: Patron de Mal, but it's better than all the rest and very well done, with a lot of plot twists and non-stop action. There are a few good cops, but most are corrupt government officials (there's even a corrupt DEA agent). I'm so glad its back.

Comments on all TV shows are welcome.

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    TURN (none / 0) (#1)
    by CaptHowdy on Tue Apr 21, 2015 at 09:07:14 PM EST
    the revolutionary spy show on AMC also started a new season yesterday.  I have not seen the premier yet but last season was really pretty good.

    Oops (none / 0) (#3)
    by CaptHowdy on Wed Apr 22, 2015 at 07:59:15 AM EST
    i see 2 episodes on the DVR.  that means it was the previous Monday.

    Another reason Orphan Black is great (none / 0) (#2)
    by CaptHowdy on Wed Apr 22, 2015 at 07:43:19 AM EST
    they won't let it run to long-

    File this one away under news that makes us go, "Noooooooo!"
    The good news: our favorite TV obsession, Orphan Black, just returned to us this past Saturday for its super dark and crazy season three premiere. The bad news: it turns out we're going to have to say goodbye to the BBC America cult hit series a lot sooner than we thought, and we're pretty much in denial about it.
    When E! News caught up with Orphan Black co-creator John Fawcett to talk all things Project Leda and Project Castor, he dropped a major truth-bomb about his and Graeme Manson's plans to end the series in just two more seasons. How are we supposed to go on living without five different versions of Tatiana Maslany on our screens?! Answer: we can't.

    Apparently David Lynch is leaving Twin Peaks (none / 0) (#4)
    by McBain on Wed Apr 22, 2015 at 11:26:26 AM EST

    "Dear Twitter Friends, Showtime did not pull the plug on Twin Peaks. After 1 year and 4 months of negotiations, I left because not enough money was offered to do the script the way I felt it needed to be done."

    I'm very disappointing.  

    You are indeed (5.00 / 1) (#5)
    by CaptHowdy on Wed Apr 22, 2015 at 11:27:46 AM EST
    jus kidding

    Has anyone else been following the Voice? (none / 0) (#6)
    by jondee on Wed Apr 22, 2015 at 04:23:23 PM EST
    how is that slice-of-Wonder-bread country kid getting all those votes? I mean, I'm sure he's a nice guy, but really..

    Not on my list (none / 0) (#7)
    by CaptHowdy on Wed Apr 22, 2015 at 07:07:47 PM EST
    but the season finale of The Americans is tonight on FX.  

    Don't spoil it for me, I'm a few episodes behind.. (none / 0) (#8)
    by McBain on Wed Apr 22, 2015 at 08:10:04 PM EST
    but they need to kill off one of the main characters.  I wouldn't mind seeing Elizabeth killed off or arrested.

    Overall, it's a great show.  Matthew Rhys is outstanding.  But things have gotten a little stale for my taste.


    Wow (none / 0) (#9)
    by CaptHowdy on Wed Apr 22, 2015 at 10:02:53 PM EST
    if you are serious what different worlds we must live in.  Elizabeth is one of my favorite fictional characters ever.  I can't imagine the series without both leads.  I can only hope the products agree.  
    And I would say it just gets better and better.



    She's OK and I'm sure the producers agree (none / 0) (#10)
    by McBain on Thu Apr 23, 2015 at 01:26:25 AM EST
    with you.  I just admire shows, like Game of Thrones, who kill off main characters without warning.  I also wouldn't mind seeing Agent Beeman leave the show. I want more consequences.  

    Well (none / 0) (#11)
    by CaptHowdy on Thu Apr 23, 2015 at 07:47:49 AM EST
    with no spoilers as you requested, consequences are about arrive.  The finale ended with a disaster.   The possible fallout of which could be enormous.  
    It was excellent.  And such great story telling.  You have these two people who are always on guard.  Who are ready for anything. But who could not see THIS coming when people like me have been screaming at the screen all season-


    And the reason is SO human.  It humanizes them more than anything that has happened so far.

    But it's been clear for a while that it could not possibly end well.  While this "other" thing is happening in one room Phillip and Elizabeth are in another watching Reagan saying the Soviet Union was the "focus of evil in the modern world"

    What was seeming to be a pretty quiet finale ended with an atomic bang.