Queen of the south without cohesion

Teresa Mendoza, an orphan adept at gimmicks and tricks, lives quietly in Mexico. She shares her life with a drug smuggler, but her life changed the day Gero was murdered.

When Jane the Virgin meets Narcos

If you watch Jane the Virgin in French and Reine du Sud in Molière, something will surprise you: Teresa and Giroud are called the same actors who called Jane and Raphael in Jane the Virgin. Suffice it to say that this is very disturbing, as the female characters seem to be separated from each other.

However, we’re already in a telenovela, with the same narrative style, same construction, and even an omniscient narrator. One of the guiding principles of television is that we encounter magical realism. It has to sound real, but you have to breathe part of the dream, the magic into the story, in order to attract the viewer.

The problem with Reine du Sud is that it does not meet this criterion. It is impossible to dream: Teresa is abused, kidnapped, raped, imprisoned, used as a mule, etc. At first, we think we’re in front of a female version of Narcos. But that doesn’t work either.


In the Queen of the South, a woman takes part in the traffic: Camila Vargas, who is no less ruthless than her male counterparts. In season one and two, it held up pretty much. The screenwriters wanted to break the idea that women can’t be as cruel as men in criminal case management.

But, from season three, everything breaks the record. Female characters begin to show tenderness and generosity. It would have made sense in another world, but in the drug world, it doesn’t. The moral conflict between Teresa is also contradictory. From the start, she wanted to climb the ranks in her criminal school, wanted her own piece of the pie and eliminate the competition.

Since then, his moral stance that there is no bloodshed, not to buy some form of peace, but because it is not good to kill his opponents, is completely unattainable. If Teresa had been tortured by any morality, she would not have traded drugs, even if we imagine that she did not know anything else. What’s really annoying is that the characters don’t assume who they are. It’s fun for a few episodes, but the entire series is built on this premise, which quickly gets heavy.

Computers at the service of crime

If the series is full of inconsistencies, we can nonetheless give a good point about using computers. We find the usual range of monitoring tools, for example, GPS beacons or cell phone tracking. There are also disposable cell phones, which are not found in France, but are very common in the United States.

It also seems that the use of cryptocurrencies applies in one form or another, but if the author of his lines easily admits that he does not understand anything about them. A real system specialist will be able to consider this question by watching the series.

The exploitation of social networks is well brought up and well integrated into the narrative, as with reference to the Silk Road and market development on the dark web. Without going so far as to say that the dark web is only used for illegal marketplaces, we cannot deny that it is also used by people who are not armed with good faith.

We let the series drift away thanks to the telenovela, but over the course of the episodes, we ended up getting bored. We get the impression that we are going in circles and feel that the end is overlapping. On a purely technical (computing) level, the series holds up, but that’s not enough to create a good story. The Queen of the South is available in full on Netflix.

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