Season 3 of Narcos: Mexico’s third season totally wastes its cartel boss feminist arc regarding Enedina Arellano Félix de Mayra Hermosillo.
WARNING: The following contains major spoilers for Narcos: Mexico Season 3, now streaming on Netflix.
One of the most fascinating aspects of Narcos: Mexico This is the number of cartel bosses who have risen up as the civil war in the square escalates. In 1994, Tijuana, Sinaloa, and Juárez went to war for dominance in the drug trade, which created an even more testosterone-focused fraternity. However, as Season 3 details this drama, it totally wastes its feminist cartel boss arc regarding Enedina Arellano Félix (Mayra Hermosillo).
Last season ended with Enedina, aka Dina, wielding her feminine power and shaking off opposition, including her friend Isabella. Dina wanted to make it clear that as one of the chiefs of Tijuana, the only woman who could lead an alliance would be her.
It set up an alluring Season 3 as she and her brothers, Benjamin and Ramón, got drunk on power, ensuring that Sinaloa and Juárez couldn’t get past them. Tijuana is at the top of the chain, controlling the border and imposing taxes, but sadly, she hands the reins over to Benjamin, only for the man to run away when the DEA starts hunting down his family.
With Sinaloa attempting to assassinate him, as Benjamin goes into hiding and young Ramón gathers troops in the field, Dina positions herself as the leader again, with an episode titled even after her real-world nickname: “The Jefa “or the boss. But we don’t really see her doing much other than asking Ramón to fire a few shots after Sinaloa kills her brother-in-law, Claudio, and shoots the rest of the family.
Looks like she’s gonna get aggressive at the Queen of the South, which made Teresa Mendoza (Alice Braga), a poor Mexican woman, a tycoon by building a very ruthless empire. She slaughtered enemies and friends alike, proving to be one of the most intriguing characters on television and a master of puppets on the chessboard, which further underlines how disappointing Dina ends up being. Now the series dramatizes a lot and adds layers of fiction, so we could have seen Dina being a smarter businesswoman and working more with Ramón. Sadly, as her rivals crumble under pressure from the DEA and the Mexican government’s fluid justice system, Dina never steps up to the kingpin role. By name she is, but via actions she’s totally flat, which gets worse at the end of the series.
When the fire is put out Benjamin and he returns to take power, you can tell that a subjugated Dina does not want to give him back. Even Ramón knows she should be in charge, and as she hears Benjamin bark stupid orders, she remains silent. Docile is not in his nature so when he seeks her approval it should have been more assertive. The show misses the opportunity to subtly frame a battle for the throne, painting the sibling turmoil, which would end in the real world with the brothers being arrested years later while Dina is currently in the process of run his corner.
Creative liberty has been taken with Amado, suggesting that Juárez’s late boss is still alive somewhere, so Dina is a missed opportunity. After all, strong female characters have resonated in pop culture, like Daenerys in Game Of Thrones, so by not making her the shooter, Narcos: Mexico fails to add more female power to an overly macho story, ruining the threads for a spin-off someday.
See how Dina doesn’t get her due in Narcos: Mexico Season 3, now streaming on Netflix.
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