It's here, you guys! The summer's new and not-guilty pleasure Queen of the South had me completely engrossed in the story after just one episode.
Now I can — and just might at some point in the future — go on and on about how great the female protagonist Teresa is for women on television and beyond. I could write an entire article about how dynamic and interesting she is to watch. This series was like Jason Bourne meets the Mexican cartel with a new level of realness.
But the moment I knew that I was in this ride with Teresa for the long haul was when she put that gun to her head and made the ultimate decision to survive or control her own fate. But let's be real, she knew exactly what she was doing. In fact, I think this was just the first glimpse of Teresa's masterful manipulation. I don't mean manipulation in a negative way at all. She's clearly a genius at human interaction and persuasion. She knew that by putting that gun to her head, Epifanio would have no choice but to take her under his wing.
She's a survivor.
I also think there's a lot of politics going on between Epifanio and Camila that we've only just begun to see, but more on that as we unravel the cartel's inner workings in this story.
For now, suffice it to say, I'm totally standing behind the girl who chooses to fight, and fight well she did. It was one chaotic moment after the next. From hard-to-watch rape scenes to car crashes, this woman went through hell in one hour of television. And now, this season is about her making it out.
Thanks to the first scene of the show, we know that she doesn't make it out for long before she gets dragged back under. That bullet wound she sustained didn't look like it left any room for Teresa's survival, but this is television, so let's just go ahead and guess that we're already headed toward a Season 2. If we've learned anything from the premiere tonight, it's that this girl knows how to survive, after all. I'm voting she lives.
I'm sure, as the seasons progresses, she will become like the Walt Whitman of women. She's heading into a dangerous game with the cartel, where Teresa will have to make some morally compromising decisions, no doubt. But especially after this premiere, I am rooting for her. I can't wait to see what will happen next!
PS. Anyone else think Teresa's boyfriend isn't actually dead?
Needless to say, I will be tuning in next week and telling all of my friends to join in as well. Bravo, USA, bravo.
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