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Estoy Vivo (I'm alive), is a 2017 Spanish television series by Televisión Española.

Andrés Vargas is a Spanish policeman investigating the case of a dangerous serial killer, El carnicero (The Butcher). On a chase in which he is left alone by his partner, Vargas drowns. He then awakes in a place called The Walkway, where he is told that his death was not meant to happen. Vargas wants to come back to his family, but he can only do it in a new body. Fortunately, a policeman called Manuel Márquez dies on his way to the police station for his first day of work, and so Vargas is free to enter his body. He finds out that five years have passed, and makes his goal to win his family back.


In his new life, Vargas will have the help of his Enlace (Liaison), an ally sent by the Walkway to check how he's adapting to Earth and help him out. Vargas will also have to work hand by hand with his oldest daughter, who has entered the police corps and is his new partner, and survive the (literal) demons haunting him.

This series has examples of:

  • Alpha Bitch: Bea and Patri suffer at the hands of two. We don't know their social status but they are confident and vicious.
  • Bald of Awesome: Both Vargas and Márquez had them.
  • Berserk Button:
    • The Vargas family is quite temperamental.
    • Andrés doesn't like hypocrites. Or people who sleep with his daughter.
    • Bea hates it when people disrespect her father.
  • Child Prodigy: Bea is a very gifted child, capable to build their own afterlife communication devices.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: The Liaison, initially due to not being familiar with Earthly conventions and later for being a quite wacky guy overall.
  • Continuity Snarl:
    • The series cannot seemingly decide whether there are human relationships among the Walkway agents or not. One of the Liaison's establishing moments in the very first episode is pondering about romantic love as if it was something alien to him and his race, and this is how he reacts to his own attraction to Susana... but many episodes later he is shown to have a past but still flirty relationship with a female Walkway coworker, who clearly likes him back enough to make a concession for him in their laws. And yet, when Carlota reveals to be another coworker, she is just as unexperienced in human relationships as Iago was before the second revelation.
    • Iago's fighting abilities are so dependant on the episode in question that the script seems unable to explain it as a whole. At some points, he is a superhuman badass who moves explicitly faster than a trigger finger, while others he is an useless Non-Action Guy who can be held hostage with complete ease. At Season 2, he was swarmed by Medieta's human bouncers, while in Season 3 he fought a multitude of Walkway agents like him and was wasting them until being forced to surrender.
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  • Ethereal White Dress: All of the Walkway staff wear white clothing, giving an angelic yet unmistakably death-related image.
  • Hot-Blooded: Vargas/Márquez is prone to violence.
  • No Name Given: The Liaison, not being human, lacks a name. In order to blend with humans, he goes first by the name of Joaquín before settling down in Iago, both given by Márquez.
  • No Social Skills: The Liaison starts gleefully ignorant of human conventions, and his attempts to learn them are a subplot of Season 1, often with humorous results.
  • Offscreen Teleportation: Carranza, in order to show he's possessed by the Butcher.
  • Our Angels Are Different: The Liaison and the rest of the Walkway staff, both in function (they guide souls to afterlife) and esthetic (they are all attractive humans dressed in white).
  • Schizo Tech: The Walkway technology is a mix of cool holograms, Steampunk-looking ray guns and ordinary batteries.
  • Shameless Fanservice Guy: Earlier in the series, the Liaison strolled through his and Márquez's house nude or in underwear, stating humans are too bothered by their bodies.
  • Sharp-Dressed Man: Many of the main cast, given their jobs as police detectives, but especially Iago, who is always in a shining white suit.
  • Shout-Out:
    • Iago being introduced as a superhuman martial artist before being turned into a wildly inconsistent fighter echoes Javier Gutiérrez's previous series, Águila Roja, where his character started being a Combat Parkour expert who gradually devolved into an unathletic loser.
    • When the Liaison first meets Susana, Márquez introduces him as Joaquín, which the latter absentmindedly completes as Joaquín Sabina after spotting a poster of the mentioned singer. She then jokingly tells him to call her Shakira.
    • The last episode involves a plot to use a supernatural stone during a red eclipse to open a portal to the demon world while demons are congregated and trying to kill the main characters. A reference to Berserk?
  • Strong as They Need to Be: Iago.
  • Teens Are Monsters: Two girls in her class are exceptionally cruel to Bea.
  • Two-Person Love Triangle: Márquez is in love with Laura, who is still mourning her late husband Vargas... Who is Márquez.
  • What Is This Thing You Call "Love"?: In his first appearance, the Liaison ponders how humans only get in trouble with their insistence to love each other. He later goes to experiment it with Susana.
  • Year Inside, Hour Outside: in The Walkway, time goes by slower than in Earth. Vargas has trouble adapting due to him spending barely some hours on the Walkway and going back home five years later.

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