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I just finished watching Money Heist yesterday and I am honestly a little sad. 

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Man, what a show!

I mean from ideation to execution, this show has got it going on. 

I am not one to jump on fads, especially when it comes to T.V. shows because I totally agree with what Dr. Sheldon Cooper has to say about this,

“Starting a new show is a big commitment. Once I start, I am in it for the whole ride.’

I started watching Game of Thrones after five seasons were out even though EVERYONE was talking about it. But the reason why I do this is that I don’t like every show that other people recommend to me, and I kinda like being the first few to rave about a show. 

So when it’s already been talked about to the point of exhaustion, I feel discouraged to jump on the wagon. 

I know I am weird, why am I like this? Well, I don’t know.

Anyhoo.

Money Heist is one of those shows that has been popping up on my Netflix recommendations for a while now. And I totally understand why. It’s got crime, cons, and chemistry – my three favourite Cs. 

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Just so you know I watch a lot of true crime stuff, so this one was totally in my wheelhouse. 

Sigh. Netflix really gets me.

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Let me know in the comments if you can relate.

So I decided one fine day, that let me just give Money Heist a try. 

I was mesmerized from the first few minutes because they were speaking in Spanish, and it’s one of those languages I adore and wish to be fluent in someday. 

And also because the story is being told from the perspective of Tokyo one of the robbers, and I love a story with a female lead. 

But even though the story is told from her perspective, it doesn’t focus on her character alone and lets the rest of the cast shine too. 

Two seasons in, I was hooked. I finished it in three days and I was recommending the show to everyone and their mother. 

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And anyone who did listen to me told me they loved the show and that well… they hated Tokyo. 

LET’S TALK ABOUT TOKYO

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Honestly, it always gets me a little riled up when people hate on a female character, even if they piss me off. 

For anyone who has watched the show they understand exactly why people hate Tokyo. For anyone who hasn’t, I will try to explain it without any spoilers. 

Tokyo, a gorgeous, Spanish woman, is the most loyal friend you will ever have. She will fight for you till her last breath. But she is a hot-headed person, who once she sees red, there is no going back. 

The following sections will have Money Heist Spoilers so please come back after watching the show: 

Here are some of the things she did

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  1. She didn’t follow the Professor’s plan and shot some Policemen
  2. She broke Berlin’s medicine that was his only hope to live for a few years due to his life-threatening disease. 
  3. She kinda used the teenage girl Alison in the bathroom
  4. She came back after being kicked out and got Moscow shot
  5. She left Rio on the island causing him to call her and get caught
  6. She got drunk in the middle of the heist and started making out with DENVER who has a child with Monica

Now, these are the mistakes that I can remember that she did. And it undoubtedly changed the entire nature of the heist. What was supposed to be a smooth bump-less plan now had craters so deep, nobody was sure they would survive it. 

She was the reason for so many mistakes. And she has admitted it herself.

But she is also the most BADASS of them all.
I mean come on. 

TOP 3 FAVOURITE TOKYO MOMENTS:

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The scene where she took control of the massive M-16 and shot down the advancing policemen like there was no tomorrow.

The scene where she took the motorbike and revved it across the steps of the bank and straight through the entrance.

The scene where she uses the piece of glass stuck in the Chief of Security of the Bank of Spain’s shoulder and used it to paralyze him.

In these three scenes, I swear I had goosebumps.

She was always extremely comfortable with guns and quick on her feet and she trusted the Professor the most out of the entire lot. 

MONEY HEIST REVIEW

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Money Heist or Le Casa De Papel is one of the most well-thought-out shows on Netflix right now. And I will go ahead and even say that it is the new Game of Thrones. With its crazy plot twists, long-list of cast members, intricate storyline, and widespread popularity, Money Heist has taken the world by storm.

Did you know that when it first released in Spain, it’s popularity declined by half by the second season?

The entire cast had said goodbye to each other and thought that was the end of their time together and on air. It wasn’t until Netflix bought the show that they realized how iconic it was. Soon they saw people dressing up as their characters wearing the Dali Mask, singing Bella Ciao, and even committing similar heists. 

The cast said that they first realized how big the show had gotten when their followers started increasing. 

What makes Money Heist a Must-Watch?

The Plan

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If you’re a sucker for a well-thought-out plan or a good long con, you are going to love this one. The Professor came up with  a plan to rob The Royal Mint, where they print money for Spain. The beauty of the plan lies in the fact that they were technically not stealing anything because the money didn’t belong to anyone else yet i.e it hadn’t been allotted to or withdrawn by a person, state, or government treasury yet.

Their plan didn’t involve murder, violence, or any kind of brutality, just taking the money being printed in the mint.  

Complex Characters

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Each member of the heist crew has their own country name that they go by, this was in order to avoid forming personal relations. Every single member of the crew had their own back story and even when they committed unforgivable mistakes you could never fully hate them. The creator Alex Pina did a fantastic job of mapping out the complex nature of these con men so that even though they were the bad guys, you couldn’t help but fall in love with them and want to see them get away the money. 

Rising Storyline

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Now the first heist which lasted two seasons was pretty epic. Nail-biting moments, emotions, drama and fiery explosions, it had it all. So when they had to come up with a plan for the next two seasons, they had to think of something bigger. And the only way they could do that was to make it personal. When the intelligence department illegally arrested Rio and proceeded to torture him, the crew under the guidance of the Professor decided to take over the Bank of Spain, in order to get him back.

What’s in the Bank of Spain? Bricks and bricks of gold. 

They really upped the ante in the third season. 

Music (Bella Ciao)

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I am a sucker for a good score in a movie or a show. And this show nailed that too. Other than the great melodies and Spanish and Italian music that coated the scenes, the most-defining song choice in the entire show was the Italian folk song ‘Bella Ciao’. It means ‘Goodbye Beautiful’, and it symbolizes the anti-fascist resistance. 

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Resistance


Connecting to the previous point, the song which was once used as a symbol of resistance in the past has once again become a symbol of resistance for our generation. While all of us all our quarantined fighting this deadly disease, and especially Italy being one of the worst affected countries in the world, this song has once again been evoked as a symbol of solidarity.

The Dali Mask used by the crew was also a symbol of resistance. Salvador Dali created most of his work during Zurich’s Dada movement which fought against the modern capitalist society. 

All in all Money Heist has moved from a show to an entire movement and phenomenon, even winning the elusive Emmy which is rarely won by international shows. An addictive, thrilling, crime drama masterpiece that if you haven’t already watched must start watching right now!

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