Critical Condition: Queen of the South

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➢ “Although the show’s title might sound like a Bravo reality show about a sorority mom in Alabama, it actually follows a tough-as-nails Mexican woman named Teresa (Alice Braga) as she gets swept up in the drug world after hooking up with a cartel member, Güero (Jon Ecker), who defends her honor after exchanging just one seductive look. It’s romantic and exciting and … completely doomed.” — Entertainment Weekly.

➢ “Just when you thought you’d seen every kind of drug-dealing drama you could possibly want, along comes Queen of the South to present a compelling argument — and central figure — for going back to the genre one more time … The first hour has been beautifully directed by Charlotte Sieling, with lots of lulling silences between action scenes, creating an atmosphere in which anything — any deal, any conversation, any room — can explode at any moment.” — Yahoo TV.

➢ “The pilot of Queen of the South flops back and forth between straightforward, violent action and melodramatic excess, and doesn’t do a very interesting or exciting job with either. The showrunner, Scott Rosenbaum, has a background that seems suitable — he’s worked as a producer on both the harrowing (The Shield) and comic (Chuck) sides of the crime-drama genre — so perhaps the show will find its footing as it goes along.” — New York Times.

➢ “Queen of the South is more interested in being torrid and splashy than it is in offering the narrative gymnastics of a Mr. Robot or the ripped-from-the-headlines verisimilitude of Narcos. Rather, winning at the narcotics game seems to be enough for both the show and its heroine. But Braga is riveting as Teresa — believable and empathetic in a way that the rest of the cast isn’t, quite yet.” — Variety.

➢ “Viewers may panic and bail on the show. But those who come back later, expecting less, could find a guilty pleasure to treasure … Perhaps Queen of the South can rebound by embracing its soapy allures: Cut the violence back a bit. Keep the sex, but make it sexy. Dive into the leading ladies by embracing their wild rise to power. It may not be ‘great’ TV, but it could be pretty fun.” — IndieWire.

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