With friends like these...
"I fell in love with that pretty fucked up face of yours"
—Ricardo (to Pablo)
) is an Argentine television made in 2000, it was directed by Bruno Stagnaro and produced by Ideas Del Sur. It's one of the most acclaimed shows from that country, considered by many to be one of the best. It was very successful on it's first run, but re-runs didn't do that well.
Starring Rodrigo De La Serna, Diego Alonso, Franco Tirri and Ariel Staltari, tells the story of Ricardo, one college dropout who lives in his grandmother's shed
. His life takes an unexpected turn when his cousin offers him to live in a recently vacated house from her patrimony until she manages to find a buyer.
He accepts, while secretly bringing over his childhood friend Pollo, the black skinned
and Pollo's mate Chiqui, the Gentle Giant
. Later they all become friends with Walter, a Jerk with a Heart of Gold
who is Friend to All Living Things
and loves the Rolling Stones. While living in that house, Ricardo decides to delve deeper into this new and risky lifestyle, while reluctantly learning the true meaning of friendship, love and loyalty.
The series has been praised for being an accurate portrayal of Argentine society, while striking a balance between drama and comedy. It's well known for it's rounded characters and funny dialogues.
Okupas includes examples of these tropes:
- All Girls Want Bad Boys: Clara falls for Pollo. Subverted. That ship sinks as soon as Pollo figures out that he and Clara will never be a serious couple, because, unlike Clara's official boyfriend, he is poor.
- Inverted with Ricardo when he fails at his attempt to seduce his former college crush by trying to show her that he’s not a shy guy anymore.
Florencia: Can you explain me what happened in your life and what happened with your shyness?
Ricardo: I was shy?
Florencia: Well, I mean, we were together in the same class during two years and you never said anything about... 'my tits'.
Ricardo: so... what would’ve happened?
Florencia: about what?
Ricardo: If I’ve said you something... Would you have given me a chance then?
- And I Must Scream: In the fourth episode, Ricardo realizes that five guys wanna gang-rape him... his reaction is terryfing.
- Anti-Hero: The main four, but specially Ricardo and Pollo.
- Ask a Stupid Question...: In “The Shielded Eye”, Ricardo to a prostitute.
Ricardo: Are you working?
Ricardo: hey, are you fucking dumb or what?
Prostitute: Don’t ask shit, then.
- Artistic License – History: Altough is called “Okupas” (Squatters) the show has very little to do with the actual “squatter movement” in Argentina.
- Attempted Rape: The fourth episode
- Adorkable: Chiqui, who also doubles as a Cloudcuckoolander.
- Berserk Button: “Call me Miguelito one more time and I’ll put a bullet in your head”.
- Pollo always reach his limit when Ricardo calls him "fucking nigger" ("negro de mierda")
- Badass Normal: Pollo
- Beach Episode: The third episode. Altough they're not in the coast of Argentina, the gang is around the Quilmes waterfront.
- Bittersweet Ending: The third episode “El Ojo Blindado” (“The Shelded Eye”). The gang returns home, Ricardo’s still feeling kinda bad because of the heavy cocaine induced discomfort, but this seems to be the first approach of their friendship. Of course, then we got Clara knocking the door, but the sweetness’s still there.
- Black Best Friend: Pollo for Ricardo and Chiqui.
- Black Comedy: Lots of it.
- Break the Cutie: Well, if you girls (and boys, why not) consider Ricardo cute.
- Breather Episode: The sixth one.
- Brilliant but Lazy: Pollo seems to fit in this. Maybe he’s not what you’d call a “bright person”, since he left school at 12, but he actually implemented a pretty intelligent plan to ambush Pablo, and had everything under control like a boss. Altough he could not anticipate that Pablo and La Turca would secretly work together to ambush him, wich was the main cause for his plan failed.
- British Brevity: One season, eleven episodes.
- Broke Episode: This is actually a broke show...
- Captain Obvious: Ricardo tells to a prostitute "we're going to fuck you!".
- Cliff Hanger: Every episode. But the eight episode owns it.
- Cluster F-Bomb: Every time.
- Cult Soundtrack
- Cycle of Revenge: 5th and 11th episodes respectively.
- Darkest Hour: The last scene of the last episode.
- Deadpan Snarker: Sometimes Pollo fits in this, specially in the episodes 2 and 3
- Died in Your Arms Tonight
- Downer Ending: In the “final showdown” between the four main and the Pablo’s band, one of them shoots Chiqui to death. Chiqui ask their friends to carry him to the house, so he can die there. Chiqui dies in the arms of his best friends.
- Dramedy: Altough most of the things that happen in this show are played for drama, the fans also remember it for having a lot of funny moments and some hilarious discussions and dialogues between the characters.
- Even Evil Has Standards: The speech that Claudio Rissi's character gives to Ricardo in the fifht episode.
- After Ricardo fails at his attempt of robbing the wedding ring of some random guy in the street, Miguel gives him an interesting advice about stealing: “Do you know why you failed?. Because you didn’t hear me; You “looked” at him. Whenever you steal some guy, you can’t look at his eyes, because if you do, you feel sorry for him”.
- False Friend: Miguel
- Friend to All Living Things: Walter
- Four-Man Band
- The Smart Guy: Pollo
- The Normal Guy: Ricardo
- The Pervert: Walter
- The Big Guy: Chiqui
- Girl Next Door: Sofía for Ricardo.
- Group Hug: an extremely sad one when Chiqui dies at the last episode...
- Hypocritical Humor: Walter and Peralta are this trope.
- Incredibly Lame Pun: Chiqui: "Me siento estofado" (instead of "Me siento estafado", that would be "I feel cheated" in english, so it would be "I feel stew"...)
- Instrumental Theme Tune: composed by Axel Krygier
- Ironic Episode Title: the last episode is called “Goodbye and good luck”.
- It's Personal: Claudio Rissi’s character to Pablo when he broke a glass bottle in his head.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Walter
- Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: Pablo and Miguel
- Kill the Cutie: Chiqui and Severino (the dog)
- Loser Protagonist
- Nobody Poops: Averted... sometimes hilariously
- Nostalgia Filter: in the eight episode, Ricardo visits the university he used to attend. This scene makes a contrast between that world Ricardo left behind, in wich he seemed to have a future and his new almost-criminal life. Not really a sad scene, but the nostalgic feeling is still there.
- In the tenth episode Ricardo is watching "Space Jam" and "Pokemon: The First Movie".
- Oh, Crap: In the fourth episode, Ricardo is looking for Pollo, so he went to Pablo’s house (in the dock). Pablo invites him to come in, in a really friendly way. The the night came, and Ricardo suddenly realizes that Pablo and his roomates all this time were just faking being nice, only to rape him.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: Chiqui. Also we only know Peralta by his last name.
- Ordered Apology: In the last act of the fifth episode, Ricardo forces Pablo to apologize for what he did to him in the previous episode.
- Perpetual Poverty
- Power Walk: Pollo as can be seen here at minute 11:10
- Racist Grandma: Ricardo’s
- Rape (Attempt) And Revenge
- Refuge in Audacity: There are scenes where the leading characters employ racist epithets and xenophobic insults.
- Roaring Rampageof Revenge: After the Pablo’s gang kills Severino, they’ decided to take revenge. And everything went just worse...
- Russian Roulette: In the ninth episode Pablo wanted to test Pollo, to see if he’s still being the same. Pablo putted a bullet onto an empty gun to play “russian roulette” with Ricardo. Pablo gave Pollo the gun in order to kill Ricardo. Pollo carefully deviates the gun marksmanship to miss the shot. Luckily, Pablo and his henchman didn’t realize this and the bullet didn’t came out from the gun.
- Shoot the Dog: The last episode.
- Smoking Is Cool: Pollo makes it look this way.
- Soundtrack Dissonance: In the sixth episode, Ricardo forces three musicians to play the fifth symphony of Mahler in a public bathroom. On the next scene, the music is still playing, and we see Ricardo, Chiqui, Pollo and Walter running away after robbing a store.
- Stoners Are Funny: Chiqui and Walter.
- The Power of Friendship: One of the main themes on this show.
- The Woobie: Ricardo, and how. But he's trying real hard to not being this.
- Titled After the Song: The third episode’s called “El Ojo Blindado” (“The Shielded Eye”), wich is titled after the Sumo’s song of the same name.
- Title Drop: A dialogue between Ricardo and Sofia in the sixth episode. Ricardo tells her that he used to have a band called "Los Mantenidos" (The Freeloaders) which is the title of the episode also.
- Throw It In: plenty of moments.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: Ricardo in many instances.
- You Talkin' to Me??: Walter in the fourth episode. Well, he’s not in front of a mirror, but when Pollo gave him a gun, he really got excited and started talking alone, really loud, asking “¿Quién es el más poronga en este conventillo de mierda?”, which could be translated as “who’s the fuckin’ boss in this shithole, huh?”. Only to feel badass. (This is one of the most famous scenes)