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The Trailer For ‘Narcos: Mexico’ Season 2 Is Here And It Is Everything Fans Were Hoping For

Netflix does not mess around. In the first week of the New Year, they have dropped the news on a slew of upcoming releases, including new movies, new shows, and trailers for new seasons. They’re releasing so many programs and films that we have no idea when we’re going to have to watch any of it. We will be making time for two shows in particular: Luis Miguel season two and “Narcos: Mexico” season two.

The new trailer for “Narcos: Mexico” season two is here, and we have a lot of questions. [Warning: spoiler alerts below]

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Diego Luna is back as Miguel Ángel Félix Gallardo, the “Bill Gates of cocaine,” or we can also say the drug lord who birthed the career of El Chapo. First, a brief recap of season one: For those who loved “Narcos,” the original may or may not have tuned in to the new installation based on the Mexican cartel — although they did intertwine towards the end of season one. However, I didn’t care to watch the original “Narcos” because it wasn’t my cup of tea. Now, Diego Luna and Michael Peña certainly is my cup of tea, which is why I tuned in to “Narcos: Mexico.” 

The show’s plot is all about how Gallardo went from a small farmer in Culiacán, Sinaloa, while also working Mexican Federal Judicial Police agent. So, he knew the ins-and-outs of life as a commoner and someone with some kind of power as well. Gallardo’s connections with the government of Sinaloa helped him launch a drug trafficking organization, and you can say the rest is history. What was the fascinating aspect to this first season is watching how Gallardo grew his organization, and who in his inner circle would be loyal. The tension was also centered on the case against him by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). 

As we saw in season one, Michael Peña’s character, agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena, is killed. So, who’s in the new cast?

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Clearly, the DEA will still be after Gallardo and his people now that Kiki’s body was discovered at the end of season one. We loved the dynamic between Kiki and Gallardo. We will definitely miss his inclusion on the show. 

Actor Scoot McNairy will play a new DEA agent that is looking to bring to justice the killer of Kiki. His character, Walt Breslin, makes a brief cameo in the trailer. He is seen undercover in a van listening to Gallardo and his squad having dinner. 

We’re happy to report that actress, Teresa Ruiz, as Isabella Bautista is back for season two!

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Ruiz was one of the best characters on the show, and one of the few Latinas as well. She was a leader and a tough person to reckon with. Yes, she was a drug dealer as well, but she carried her own, which is why Gallardo had to have her on his team. 

“To understand the current level of drug violence in Mexico, you have to understand how it all started, and truly grasp America’s integral role in it,” executive producer and showrunner Eric Newman said in a statement, according to Insider TV. “The second season of “Narcos: Mexico” is a Pandora’s box, the contents of which we still struggle in vain, 30 years later, to try and contain.”

Sounds so thrilling right?

At the end of the day, this is still a drama about drug trafficking in Mexico, which continues to be a controversial topic.

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It’s challenging to bring a show like this to the present-day audience because why are we will still glamorizing the cartels and putting this harsh light onto Mexico and its people. We cannot deny the history either. 

In 2018, Luna said that he did not want to meet the real Gallardo because he didn’t want to, in so many words, get mixed up with those kinds of criminals. He said everyone in Mexico could not escape the stigma of cartels in one way or another, but as an actor, he wanted to explore the mindset of Gallardo and what made him take the actions that he did. 

Season two includes numerous new Latino actors, but more than anything, we cannot wait to hear the soundtrack.

We loved (loved!) the music in season one. It was a blend of ’80s Spanish pop and English tunes as well. This new season looks to be just as good. The trailer includes a stripped-down version of Blondie’s “Call Me,” which got me pumped for the new show. 

Check out the trailer below!

READ: Fans Are Pumped Now That We Know The Release Date Of ‘Narcos: Mexico’ Season 2

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Gabriel Fernandez’s Mother, Pearl Fernandez, Is Trying to Have Her Murder Conviction Thrown Out

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Gabriel Fernandez’s Mother, Pearl Fernandez, Is Trying to Have Her Murder Conviction Thrown Out

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Gabriel Fernandez’s mother, Pearl Fernandez, is trying to have her murder conviction thrown out. The 37-year-old woman has been in jail since 2018 for the murder and torture of her eight-year old son.

Pearl Fernandez is petitioning the court for resentencing, hoping to have her first-degree murder and/or second-degree murder charges thrown out.

Fernandez is hoping to have her sentence vacated based off of new changes to the California state penal code. “I think that she feels that somehow maybe, you know, the special circumstance will be dismissed or maybe she’ll have a chance that the D.A. will agree with the petition,” Deputy District Attorney Jonathan Hatami said to CBSLA.

In June 2018, a judge sentenced Pearl Fernandez to life without parole. The judge charged Pearl Fernandez with the 2013 torture and killing of her eight-year-old son, Gabriel Fernandez.

On May 22, 2013, Gabriel Fernandez died after suffering a fatal beating from his mother. Pearl Fernandez was allegedly angry that he didn’t clean up his toys.

The details of Pearl and her boyfriend’s lengthy torture campaign against Gabriel Fernandez are both gruesome and numerous. Over the course of his eight-month stay with Isauro Aguirre, the couple broke his bones, burned him with cigarettes, pepper-sprayed him, and forced him to eat his own vomit as well as animal feces. And that is just a short-list of what they did.

The case came to national attention after the release of the 2020 Netflix documentary, “The Trials of Gabriel Fernandez“. The documentary shone a spotlight on the insidious nature of child abuse. It also highlighted the systematic failures of the social services system that fails to protect children.

Elected officials have expressed their disgust at Pearl Fernandez for trying to escape justice by taking advantage of updated laws.

“The policies and directives from my office and these new laws created by the Legislature are emboldening murderers of children to apply to be re-sentenced,” said Deputy DA Hatami to City News Service. “This is completely unfair to the surviving families and their loved ones.”

He continued: “Families now have to relive all the horror that was perpetrated upon a small and helpless child. Based upon all the evidence presented at the grand jury, which was made public, and the jury trial, Pearl Fernandez was a major participant in the torture and murder of little Gabriel.”

It seems obvious by the fact that Pearl Fernandez is trying to get out of jail after torturing her son to death, that she isn’t remorseful about her actions.

Any other mother who killed her son would probably want to spend the rest of her life in jail instead of trying to find a way to get out of it.

If you believe someone you know is experiencing–or committing–child abuse, there are resources to help. Call the Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline at 1-800-4-A-Child or 1-800-422-4453, or go to www.childhelp.org. Staying vigilant could help save a child like Gabriel Fernandez.

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Mexico Plunges 23 Places On The World Happiness Report As The Country Struggles To Bounce Back

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Mexico Plunges 23 Places On The World Happiness Report As The Country Struggles To Bounce Back

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When it comes to international happiness rankings, Mexico has long done well in many measurements. In fact, in 2019, Mexico placed number 23 beating out every other Latin American country except for Costa Rica. But in 2020, things looks a lot different as the country slipped 23 spots on the list. What does this mean for Mexico and its residents? 

Mexico slips 23 spots on the World Happiness Report thanks to a variety of compelling factors.

Mexico plummeted 23 places to the 46th happiest nation in the world, according to the 2020 happiness rankings in the latest edition of the United Nations’ World Happiness Report. The coronavirus pandemic had a significant impact on Mexicans’ happiness in 2020, the new report indicates.

“Covid-19 has shaken, taken, and reshaped lives everywhere,” the report noted, and that is especially true in Mexico, where almost 200,000 people have lost their lives to the disease and millions lost their jobs last year as the economy recorded its worst downturn since the Great Depression.

Based on results of the Gallup World Poll as well as an analysis of data related to the happiness impacts of Covid-19, Mexico’s score on the World Happiness Report index was 5.96, an 8% slump compared to its average score between 2017 and 2019 when its average ranking was 23rd.

The only nations that dropped more than Mexico – the worst country to be in during the pandemic, according to an analysis by the Bloomberg news agency – were El Salvador, the Philippines and Benin.

Mexico has struggled especially hard against the Coronavirus pandemic. 

Since the pandemic started, Mexico has fared far worse than many other countries across Latin America. Today, there are reports that Mexico has been undercounting and underreporting both the number of confirmed cases and the number of deaths. Given this reality, the country is 2nd worst in the world when it comes to number of suspected deaths, with more than 200,000 people dead. 

Could the happiness level have an impact on this year’s elections?

Given that Mexico’s decline in the rankings appears related to the severity of the coronavirus pandemic here, one might assume that the popularity of the federal government – which has been widely condemned for its management of the crisis from both a health and economic perspective – would take a hit.

But a poll published earlier this month found that 55.9% of respondents approved of President López Obrador’s management of the pandemic and 44% indicated that they would vote for the ruling Morena party if the election for federal deputies were held the day they were polled.

Support for Morena, which apparently got a shot in the arm from the national vaccination program even as it proceeded slowly, was more than four times higher than that for the two main opposition parties, the PAN and the PRI.

Still, Mexico’s slide in the happiness rankings could give López Obrador – who has claimed that ordinary Mexicans are happier with him in office – pause for thought.

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