La Casa De Papel is Back with More Action, Power Play and Drama: A Review of Part 4

April 6, 2020 at 10:04 AM | Posted in TV | 1 Comment
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SPOILER WARNING: This review contains major spoilers of La Casa De Papel part 4. Read at your own risk!

 

The latest season of La Casa De Papel (or Money Heist) just dropped on Netflix last April 3 and I for one was one of those avid fans who watched it as soon as it aired.

Part 4 (as the show calls their seasons) of La Casa De Papel picked up right where Part 3 left off. Part 3 ended in a cliffhanger with Nairobi getting shot on the chest by a sniper stationed outside the Bank of Spain – the location of the latest heist. Raquel Murillo, now called Lisbon since teaming up with the robbers, was captured by the police but the Professor thought that she’s been killed by them.

The running theme in Part 4 was chaos and it sure as hell chaotic inside the Bank of Spain as the robbers struggled with internal fighting, personal drama, betrayal and a dangerous Gandia on the loose. It’s an action-packed season with lots of gunfights, explosions and power play between the police and the robbers. Interspersed with that were new flashback scenes of Berlin, Sergio and Palermo before the first heist and of Denver, Moscow and a new character who turned out to be an undercover member of the gang.

The flashback scenes were enjoyable to watch. I’ve grown to love Berlin despite of him being a sexist, misogynistic psychopath. There’s something about him that’s endearing: his charm, his twisted sense of humor and his taste for the finer things in life. And his relationship with his brother Sergio was one of the most interesting stories in the show.

It was also interesting to watch Raquel struggle with her predicament. Now that she changed sides and was no longer a police investigator, she’s now left with two choices: betray Sergio and tell the police where he was or stand her ground and be sent to jail. Raquel had her moment of weakness while under interrogation by Alicia. Although I was a bit disappointed that she almost betrayed Sergio, I could understand her situation. Alicia messed with her head and emotions and pointed out insecurities that she might have felt. I could imagine anyone under the same extreme pressure (not to mention that she used to be a battered wife) could give in to the police. It would be interesting to see how this would play out in Part 5 as I think there are still things that are left unsaid between her and Sergio.

While Part 4 wasn’t on par with the first two parts, it still managed to be highly entertaining. It still had the same core elements that I’ve come to love from the show – intense action, brilliant plot, interesting characters and romance. But just like the show’s previous parts, Part 4 also had its share of plot holes and disappointments.

The biggest disappointment I had with Part 4 was the way the show’s writers treated Nairobi’s story about wanting to have a baby with Sergio. Now I know that Nairobi already asked Sergio to be a sperm donor in Part 1 but asking him again in Part 4 and Sergio agreeing to it? No. Just no. Sergio was not under any obligation to agree with her decision out of gratitude towards her.

First of all, Sergio a.k.a The Professor, hired Nairobi for one thing only: to help with the heist. And by agreeing to become a member of the gang, she had to work with the group and follow the Professor’s plan. If she didn’t want to join the gang in the second heist and save Rio, then she could always leave. The Professor didn’t force her to do things that she agreed with in the first place. She was there at the heist on her own free will. The Professor owed her nothing. So to see Sergio agreeing to be a sperm donor out of gratitude is absurd.

Second of all, Sergio should have told Raquel first about Nairobi’s request before agreeing to it. Raquel is in a serious relationship with him and she had the right to know. The decision should have come from both of them and not Sergio’s alone. It was hard to watch that party scene with Raquel, Nairobi, Tokyo and Stockholm knowing that Raquel unwittingly just partied with them unaware of the fact that her boyfriend Sergio just agreed to have a baby with Nairobi. Ugh!

Nairobi’s story this season wasn’t written well. Aside from that baby thing, the writers also forced a love story between her and Bogota. There was no established attraction between the two even when Bogota made an unsolicited comment about Nairobi’s butt in Part 3. Nairobi and Bogota didn’t have chemistry at all, then suddenly we’re supposed to believe they’re in love? I don’t need to see another romance in the show. I already put up with so much of that from Tokyo and Rio’s story. The only romance in the show I like and have come to love was between Sergio and Raquel.

Another plot hole in Part 4 was the scene with Berlin attacking a random diner in the bar just because he made fun of Berlin’s bowtie. I mean, that castration scene in the bar’s bathroom was unnecessary. It didn’t move the plot forward. Fans of the show already know how ruthless and dangerous Berlin could be. We already know that he had the propensity for violence. There’s no need to remind us that.

La Casa De Papel part 4 was not perfect, and there were loose ends that I would like to see get resolved in Part 5 (e.g. Raquel’s story). I know Part 5 is already confirmed but I think that the show should end there and not drag it out for more seasons. After all, how many more bank heists could the show write? Eventually, it would be tiring to watch that.

Grains of Gold from Part 4

  • Alvaro Morte’s performance as Sergio is topnotch this season. He deserves an Emmy nomination for this. That scene when Sergio cried his heart out among a field of flowers? Heartbreaking!
  • Sergio and Marseille fighting it out in the field was hilarious!
  • Sergio calling Raquel his “wife” was got me feeling all the butterflies in my tummy.
  • The rescue scene with Raquel was brilliant and so intense – I love it!
  • I love Berlin’s rendition of “Ti Amo”.
  • The newest member of the gang is called Manila! So delighted that my country finally got represented!
  • Can the show kill off Arturito already? Everybody hates him and his story serves no purpose anymore.

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  1. […] particular story in part 4 never happened. This was one of the most divisive sub-plots in part 4. Nairobi’s storyline was certainly one of the weakest in part 4. I could understand Nairobi’s need to become a mother […]


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