Money Heist Season 1-2 Review
Written by Jose Pernalete on August 31, 2020
For some reason, we all seem to love series and movies about crimes, and we also tend to root for the villains. So, when a series like Breaking Bad comes out where you could argue that the main character is the villain, the audience just loves it. In this article, we won’t be talking about Breaking Bad, nor about any drug dealers. Instead, we’ll talk about a faster way to make money, much faster than selling drugs. A good old’ bank theft, but of course, taking it to the next level. This review might have some spoilers so beware with this if you haven’t watched Money Heist yet.
First two seasons
We chose to talk about the first two seasons of the show since that’s where the first big heist takes place. Throughout these couple of seasons, they make the biggest heist in the history of Spain and maybe even the world. As if robbing a bank wasn’t big enough, they take it to the next level, and The Professor, the mastermind behind the heist, made a complex plan to execute a heist to the Royal Mint of Spain (La Fábrica Nacional de Moneda y Timbre).
An overly elaborate plan
The Professor made an almost flawless plan to make this heist without failure, but there was one thing out of his calculations: emotions. As he falls in love with the chief inspector of the case and the team gets tangled in many issues by their own individual issues.
Now, you’d expect that they make a huge plan to get away with the heist. But there’s a small issue in the way the story is written. Behind the scenes, when the writers released the original version of the series in Spain, they were literally written episode by episode, basically making it up as it happened. And it kinda shows when you’re watching the show, as the plan is practically made out of Deus Ex Machina elements.
While it keeps the thrill in the show going as everything can go wrong in the blink of an eye. However, whenever an issue appeared it just so happens that it was all within the Professor’s calculations. And this happens really more often than not, becoming a bit repetitive over time.
Still, the show manages to keep you on the edge of your seat most of the time waiting for the next move, and you actually root for the criminals here. Some relationships emerge in there even within the hostages and the main characters.
It’s a great show, definitely one of the most interesting shows that Netflix has acquired. It was originally a show just for the Spanish television, and it’s a great thing that they bought it to re-edit it and redistribute it throughout the world. It’s also important to note that these two first seasons are actually just one season in the original version.
The characters are great, but some of them get to be really annoying, and not in a good way. The constant deus ex machina in the Professor’s plan makes it feel as if they are never in real danger at some times. But it never makes it less thrilling of course, it actually feels like watching a high budget, overly complicated game of chess. Only that there’s a heist, a hostage situation, and some fatalities included in there. You should definitely give it a try. However, it all goes downfall after the first two seasons, so we highly recommend just leave it there.