This is the start of the end. It’s been four years since a gang of anti-heroes led by a criminal bent killed a police officer. Professor (lvaro Morte) has been plundering locations after locations without being caught, garnering reputation along the way. However, the tables have turned, and the squad has been dealt a poor hand. The professor has been apprehended, and the gang is trapped within the Bank of Spain. Will they make it? Are they going to die? What is their way out? That is the focus of Season 5 Volume 1.
Lex Pina is the creator of Netflix’s most popular Spanish-language series, and he ensures that the audience gets a mix of emotions, nail-biting scenes, predictable moments, new characters, evolving interpersonal dynamics, and more. While the story’s continuity is never broken, a clear winner emerges – this time it’s the aggressive Alicia Sierra, not the professor. Pina depicts her as a woman of substance who would draw power from her conviction, condition, and curiosity, not only as a skilled cop who needs no mansplaining in fulfilling her duty. The parts where she delivers her baby with the professor’s help make you believe in the plot’s sensitivity.
On the other hand, the hostages are getting out of hand at the bank; the gang is still not over Nairobi’s death, and they are fighting not just the cops and the system, but also each other. To top it off, the army arrives on the scene in an attempt to eliminate them.
Professor (lvaro Morte) is at the pinnacle of his power and is well aware of what is expected of him. He provides just that, and I am grateful for his existence. He is powerless this time, yet he was once wonderful.
Though he couldn’t totally rid himself of his childishness, Denver’s (Jaime Lorente) character seemed to have come full circle, with the son now being a father. Rio (Miguel Herrán) has matured as a result of his ordeals, whereas Tokyo (Ursula Corbero) remains the flamboyant lady who is more concerned with style than substance. However, she hasn’t given up her leadership characteristics, which is something that would be fascinating to see on television.
Apart from Tokyo, Lisbon, and Stockholm (Esther Acebo) become the faces of the heist, and with three women in charge, one would expect that this time the show will stop normalising the negative behaviours that it has neatly ignored – sexism and abuse. Then again, it’s too early to tell, but given the show’s past with its female characters, one can’t help but be sceptical.
Midway through, the pacing becomes erratic, which has an impact. Money Heist is primarily told in flashbacks and moves back and forth. This time, though, the transition is so quick that the timeline must be scrutinised in every frame.
The show’s action and tactics are eerily similar to the Fast & Furious franchise. They have challenged physics in the past and will continue to do so in the future. But I suppose that’s what makes them stand out and attracts such a large following.
As previously stated, this is the beginning of the end, and the only thing that matters is survival. There’s far too much adrenaline rush and suspense to keep you on the edge of your seat. A friendly suggestion is to keep a box of tissues handy.