One can’t help but just smile watching the final sequence of the most-talked-about Netflix drama series 'Money Heist', aka Le Casa De Papel, where each gang member hugs each other not knowing what future holds for them.
Spanish TV producer Álex Pina created the fictional show 5 years ago to hook a global audience — which he has managed successfully —, despite the Spanish premiere initially being less than favourable.
While many of the top-rated web series come with underwhelming finales, the final session of 'Money Heist' has proved to be the ultimate showdown. The 5th season, Part 2, begins with the same tempo following the last part, which ended with the tragic death of Tokyo. The professor has a nervous breakdown and loses control over the situation, while other gang members are left devastated with little hope of survival.
As viewers, we get glued to our seats wondering if the team manages to escape without getting caught. And probably the best thing about the series is that there is barely any moment to get distracted from the screens. With each twist that comes the way, we wonder what masterstroke is the professor going to play to help the team!
The tension is well built for the grand ending with crisp and clear writing. Though the characters Tokyo and Berlin appear only in flashback scenes, it’s through them that the final journey takes shape. The way Álex Pina envisioned his characters needs to be applauded. Though in the previous season, Berlin’s past sequences, at times, felt oddly placed, detracting from the heist storyline, the ending justifies it, making it easy to sympathise with or relate to him now. No wonder that Berlin gets his own version with a new series coming up on Netflix as he plays the evil-good soul of the series.
Giving justice to the heist genres, 'Money Heist' breaks the mould with its quick-witted humour and in-depth character arcs. In a scene where the Professor and his girlfriend Raquel Murillo, aka Lisbon, are tied up and while we expect them to talk regarding the gold and escape plans, the duo are engaged in a proposal scene, giving the thriller varying shades of emotions. Another key factor that works in the show’s favour is how most of the ideas in the robbery plan are fresh and original.
While in previous seasons, the gang's signature red jumpsuits and Salvador Dalí masks acted as a symbol of socialism, the final season majorly reflected on resistance — a concept of Physics which denotes a measure of the opposition to current flow in an electrical circuit.
Resistance does not possess the power to change the current but has the power of bringing it to a halt. Alex Pina’s ‘Money Heist’ is precisely that.
Elevating themselves from ordinary bank robbers, the thieves, despite their negativity within, choose to remain positive in their journey.
The story is backed by well-performed artists who give genuine performances that connect with everyone. Well, needless to say, they will be remembered by their character names for many years to come.
The production values are top-notch.
With such a compelling storyline and great locations, it's so surprising to think that the show was originally a flop when streamed in 2017.
Though the first two seasons may count in as the best among all, the ending comes with a joyous goodbye proving that 'Money Heist' is undeniably the best of Netflix.