La Casa De Papel (Money Heist) – Review

La Casa De Papel (also known as Money Heist) is a Spanish television series on Netflix.

The fourth part of the series airs on April 3rd, 2020. 

“Let the chaos begin.” 

According to Variety, Money Heist is Netflix’s most successful non-English series. When the third part premiered, nearly 35 million Netflix households tuned in around the world, outperforming even some of the most successful English-language series on the streaming platform. 

Created by Álex Pina, the heist crime drama follows a group of eight robbers who are led by the Professor (Álvaro Morte). The series was initially meant to be limited to two parts, following the events of a multi-day robbery on the Royal Mint of Spain.

The robbers operate under the codenames of capital cities: Tokyo (Úrsula Corberó), Moscow (Paco Tous), Berlin (Pedro Alonso), Nairobi (Alba Flores), Rio (Miguel Herrán), Denver (Jaime Lorente), Helsinki (Darko Peric) and Oslo (Roberto Garcia) and they don red jumpsuits and conceal their identities behind eerie masks of the Spanish painter Salvador Dalí. 

Throughout the course of the twenty-two episodes of Part 1 and Part 2 (Season 1), flashbacks reveal how the robbers were able to complete their plan — successfully stealing €984 million — at the cost of three of their lives (Oslo, Moscow, and Berlin).

The Professor leads the heist from an external location while getting romantically involved with National Police Corps inspector, Raquel Murillo, as his alter ego Salva. Throughout their relationship, his identity as The Professor is nearly revealed, but even when Raquel discovers who he truly is, she is unwilling to turn him over to the authorities.

Their relationship is perhaps one of the most exciting parts of the series, considering one of the main rules for the robbers is that they not get emotionally involved with anyone. Following the heist, Raquel follows the Professor to the Philippines, where they reconcile their differences. 

Part 3 (Season 2) began nearly three years following the Royal Mint robbery, the Professor and Raquel (now known as Lisbon) get the robbers back together to attack the Bank of Spain in order to force Europol to release Rio from their custody. They end up enlisting three new robbers — Bogotá (Hovik Keuchkerian), Palermo (Rodrigo De la Serna), and Marseille (Luka Peros) — to follow the plans that the Professor and Berlin had concocted.

Their plan is thwarted by the police, but not before the authorities are forced to release Rio. In the midst of the chaos, Nairobi is shot by a police sniper, and the audience is left on a cliffhanger with Professor believing that the police have executed Lisbon. 

On March 5th, Netflix dropped an action-packed trailer for the fourth part of the series. The trailer revealed that Lisbon was, in fact, alive and well in police custody, showed Nairobi in the fight of her life, and a scene of Berlin that has led fans to question whether he survived the end of Part Two or if the scene is just another flashback.

What will happen to Netflix’s beloved group of robbers in this season? Tune in on April 3rd to find out!

About the Author

Maggie is a lover of all things Star Wars and pop culture. She is a freelance writer, podcaster, and member of the Screen Actors Guild

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