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Series / Ingobernable

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Ingobernable ("Ungovernable") is a Mexican political drama series produced by Argos Comunicación and distributed by Netflix, starring Kate del Castillo as Emilia Urquiza and Erik Hayser as Diego Nava. This is Netflix's second show created by and produced in Mexico, as well as the second Netflix Original in Spanish, after Club de cuervos. The fifteen episodes were uploaded on 24 March 2017.

Emilia Urquiza is forced to go on the run when she's framed for the mysterious death of her husband: Diego Nava, Mexico's President. A series of flashbacks show their rise to power and the disintegration of their marriage, as well as the many problems the President encounters during his administration.

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This show provides examples of:

  • Anyone Can Die: if a central part of the show's premise is Mexico's president being killed, then don't expect anyone else to be safe.
  • Bathtub Scene: Emilia has one in Chela's tub, while remembering happier times with Diego.
  • Big Bad: Is it the cartels? The government? The military? The Secretary of Defense? Emilia's father? Ana and Pete's "other employer"? Or some yet-unnamed Nebulous Evil Organisation who is behind all of this? They're all pretty damn evil, so it's hard to tell.
  • Break the Cutie: the President's children, especially María, after watching their father's dead body.
  • The Cartel: an unspecified Cartel threatened, extorted, and eventually framed Canek. They're also in charge of the tunnels in Tepito.
  • Catapult Nightmare: Ana and María waking up after having a nightmare about Diego's death, in different episodes.
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  • Chase Scene: Bray is involved in one with the Secretary of Defense's security when trying to get to Emilia.
  • Consummate Liar: Ana's answers during the interrogation scene in The Promise are an example of this.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Emilia and her brother Manuel were kidnapped when they were young, and he was killed during the rescue operation. Their mother died a couple of years after. She tells Bray about this while they're being held hostage.
  • Divorce Requires Death: played with. While divorce is perfectly legal and more accepted than before in Mexico, a high-ranking politician getting divorced while in office is still unheard of. While Diego wants to avoid a scandal, Emilia is steadfast in demanding a divorce. His death solved that problem.
  • Flashback: several flashbacks across the show explain the rise of Diego to power, as well as the country's (and his marriage's) problems.
  • Happily Married: Diego and Emilia were this for the better part of their marriage and his very short term.
  • Hollywood Hacking:
    • Several examples from the programs used to trace and try to find Emilia.
    • In Tepito, El Ovni is a Spanish hacker who is hiding in Tepito from the Interpol and makes a living pirating films.
  • Ice Queen: Ana, the President's Chief of Staff, is this in spades ... except when it comes to Diego himself.
  • Kicked Upstairs: José Barquet, Diego's Secretary of the Interior (akin to a vice-president), becomes provisional President upon Diego's death. He doesn't seem to enjoy it very much.
  • Lipstick Lesbian: María isn't shown to have a love interest other than Daniela. Daniela, on the other hand, is implied to be either married to or in a serious relationship with a woman.
  • Mama Bear:
    • Emilia's efforts to prove she's innocent are done with her children in mind.
    • Dolores to Canek. She makes it clear that as grateful as she is to Emilia for having defended her son, if it comes down to it, she'll choose her son.
  • Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal: The dysfunctional relationship between Zyan and Canek would explain why Zyan decided to hold Emilia and Bray hostage instead of helping them escape, like Canek asked her.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: between Emilia and Diego on the night of his death, which doesn't help prove her innocence.
  • Princess in Rags: Emilia, the daughter of an affluent businessman and former First Lady, becomes this when she's on the run and hiding in Tepito.
  • Ripped from the Headlines:
    • The storyline surrounding 39 missing people is a direct reference to the forced disappearance of 43 male students in Ayotzinapa, a rural district in Guerrero.
    • The Mexican Drug War and US involvement is invoked.
  • Taking the Bullet: at the end of The Pact, Bray gets inbetween Emilia and a machine gun.
  • You Don't Want to Know: Canek to Emilia after she asks what will happen with Bray's body.
  • You Owe Me: Chela implies this is the reason why Emilia ended seeking refuge in her home in Tepito; and uses it against her a couple of episodes later.
  • Your Cheating Heart:
    • It's implied in the trailer and the first scenes of the first episode that Emilia cheated on Diego.
    • Daniela with Maria, while the former is implied to be either married or in a serious relationship with another woman.
    • Ana omits to mention, when being interrogated, that she and Diego started an affair while Emilia was in "another of her tours".


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