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YMMV / Cocaine Coast

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  • Awesome Music: When there aren't bagpipes, the show uses classic Spanish '80s Rock songs.
  • Ear Worm: The chant sung by the Érguete women to shame drug dealers (La droga, la droga, la puta de la droga...), a play on the song La Cabra by Los Legionarios.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: Charlín, Oubiña and Terito are the most singled for praise, along with their actors.
  • Genius Bonus:
    • All the references to "the party", obviously meant to be the People's Alliance (AP). "Alliance" gets finally dropped a couple of times in the final episodes.
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    • Avendaño and her husband worry about their younger son becoming addicted like his brother. Unfortunately, he did.
  • Overshadowed by Controversy: Pretty much seen as "that show which shows corruption within PP and they tried to censor with a Frivolous Lawsuit". Some joked that it, along with Miñanco's new arrest, were a new brand of extreme viral marketing. And then Charlín was also arrested, just before the show became available on Netflix.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: "Wasted" is probably too much, given that the show does a pretty good job showing Miñanco's rise and the golden age of the drug trade in Galicia. However, there is just so much more material that could be turned into a choral series expanding several seasons, so it's disappointing there is only one.
    • A common complain is that the series doesn't go much on the political side. The show alludes to the dons lobbying Fraga to remove Rajoy but neither appears as a character. Nor is the vote of no confidence against Albor shown. While de jure unrelated to the smugglers, it could easily be rewritten as the opposite.
    • The only reference to Marcial Dorado is the extra "Doval" who leaves the "cooperative" with Terito. Yet the book identifies Dorado as one of the most powerful drug lords, with investments in construction and shipbuilding, a personal friendship with the future president of Galicia, Alberto Núñez Feijóo; and an influence that extended into Asturias and the Basque Country. He didn't go to jail for drug trafficking until 2009. He also grew up poor and was the son of Terito's maid, with Terito being rumored to be his real father.
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    • Something that could have been factored into the Charlín-Bustelo rivalry is that Manuel Baúlo (basis of Bustelo) started transporting tobacco for Charlín but "married up", to the daughter of Manuel Carballo. Carballo was basically Terito before Terito. Baúlo's brother-in-law was also jailed for drug trafficking in the early 90s and died while incarcerated.
    • The series doesn't show Lago and Oubiña's honeymoon in Morocco, despite the later role of Moroccan hashish traders personified by Hassan. It would have been interesting to introduce him then and see Lago try to negotiate a partnership with him, a member of a more patriarchal culture than her own.
    • The show also passes on the chance to have the Moroccans comment on the Charlíns stashing their hashish in a pig farm.
    • The Real Life versions of Javi, Leticia, Pilar and Ventura all went into the drug trade on their own and were jailed during The '90s. "Leticia" (Yolanda Charlín) for kidnapping a Turkish man she met at a disco in 1996 and holding him for ransom.
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    • Since it is fictional anyway, Paquito's accident could have been worse and kill one of his coke buddies (the obvious candidate being the woman in the front row with him). It is weird how the car falls over the opposite side to Paquito and yet he is the only one that has to be hospitalized.
    • The real Carmen Avendaño disliked that the show didn't include the petty crime wave caused by drug addicts trying to get money for their dose, which caused society and law enforcement to react first against them. Érguete spent as much time trying to convince people that drug addicts were victims as they did to convince that the smugglers were responsible.

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