WARNING: THIS IS A RECAP OF THE ENTIRE SEASON 1 AND EPISODE 1 OF SEASON 2. DO NOT PASS GO IF YOU HAVEN’T SEEN SEASON 1. SPOILERS AHEAD!!!
Ok, so I binged the first season of Queen of the South a couple of weeks ago on Netflix. I’ve had its spanish counterpart, La reina del sur, on my watch list for years, but never got around to watching it. If you know like I know, novelas are a commitment! Queen of the south only had 13 episodes so I was like I can squeeze that into my already tight tv schedule, lol.
The show is about Teresa Mendoza who will become the Queen of the South (selling cocaine) eventually. She starts as an innocent money changer and then she meets Guero, Brenda, and Chino. Her and Guero fall in love and the rest is history. He is a pilot for the Vargas cartel. She knows he lives by the sword, and has accepted it. Early on Guero gives Teresa a run down of what needs to happen in the event that a particular cell phone he gives her rings. It means he’s dead and she needs to grab the bag he has stashed with cash and a passport for her and haul ass to the safe house until she can arrange to flee the country. The most important thing in that bag though is this book that has dirt on every cartel in Mexico and the ones they deal with outside of there. He told her to trade that for her life if she goes to the police, or gets caught by a cartel.
Well the day comes and she BOLTS, all while calling Brenda to warn her and Chino. Too late, they kill Chino and now Brenda, Teresa, and Brenda’s son are on the run. They split up, Teresa goes to the head of the cartel, Epiphano Vargas, to give him the book so she can get out of Mexico alive, he flips through and was like I will protect you. But he’s lying and tries to kill her! She escapes and is picked up by Epiphano’s wife’s men. They hate each other and have split the cartel in two.
She becomes a drug mule for Camilia because she has no other choice. That’s actually a step up because prior to that she was just a prisoner of Camila’s. Camila wants to know why her husband wants her back so bad and what information she may be hiding. She protects her from him and his men who are scouring Mexico and Texas looking for her. Brenda resurfaces and Teresa gets them to sneak into Texas and sets them up in a hotel. Brenda starts selling drugs with a local low level dealer to make some money. Meanwhile, Teresa is going through it! She can never catch a break!!! I hate that and love it at the same time, because that’s real. That life isn’t a cake walk. It takes a lot to get to the top. A lot! So i’m glad they didn’t make it seem easy. And she is no where near the top. She maybe at this point, at the intermediate bottom, at best, after all she has gone through. I also love how her Future, Queen of the South self talks to her throughout the show. She offers words of encouragement and reassurance because she knows what present day Teresa will eventually become.
Here’s what really made me mad though. In the finale, we find out the FUCKING GUERO ISN’T EVEN DEAD! HE’S A DEA SNITCH NOW!! WHAT THE FUCK GUERO? TERESA DIDN’T DESERVE THE LIFE YOU FORCED UP ON HER BECAUSE YOU GOT CAUGHT UP!!!! ALSO, BRENDA AND CHINO WOULD STILL BE ALIVE IF IT WASN’T FOR YOU!!!
Season two premiered last night and Teresa has earned a little more respect, but she’s still pretty low level. She’s bout that life now, more so than she was last season, but I still don’t want it for her. Camila even offered her an out (I was skeptical of the offer though), and she chose to stay. I feel like that was her only real option anyway. She has no family and her only friend was killed because of Epiphano. Now it’s blood in, blood out :(. This episode wasn’t too exciting, but the preview of the season looks LIT! Omg, Guero better have a good fucking excuse when he resurfaces. It must have been a hell of one because Teresa eventually ends up back in his arms. And of course James is going to be beefed out with Guero over Teresa. It was so obvious they were going to get together at some point. Or at least think about it.
I’m excited to see everything that happens leading up to the big events this season.