demons & possessions

[Netflix Review] Diablero Season 2 (2020) ★★★★☆

Nancy, Elvis, Ramiro and Keta go to battle in Diablero season 2

Diablero Season 2 summons more of everything establishing its identity.


The second season of the Netflix Original Diablero has even more focus on the Aztec mythology and the occult witchcraft of the Diableros who battle demons. There is also more room for character development and humor which is insane at times in a good way. This hilarious moments are counterbalanced by more intense emotions and a serious undertone.

Fans of the series get more of everything they loved about this series in the first season. It’s full of demons and witchcraft, while the mystery surrounding Mayakén slowly unravels and reveals to be more sinister than Elvis and his team could imagine.

This second season consists of 6 episodes each with a duration of 31-41 minutes. This means a fast pace, many developments to cover, with lots of fun and severe situations. It’s highly recommended to watch the series with the original Spanish audio and with subtitles in your own language, if possible. 


Plot

It’s been three years since Ramiro Ventura battled a type seven demon and saved the world. Now he is lost in Mictlán, the underworld and reaches out to Elvis, Keta and Nancy for they must search the white key and prevent a portal from closing. So they rescue him from Mictlán, continue their search for Mayakén, while being summoned by a Diablera Lupe Reina whose girls are being attacked and killed by a demon Ahuizotl. Although all this seems to be unrelated, it brings them closer to Mayakén and the sinister plan of the Conclave.


Why you should watch it

More is shown from the Aztec mythology and intertwined with the adventures of Elvis, Keta, Nancy and Ramiro. It starts, just like the first season, with a mystery of a demon called Ahuizotl, while the mystery of the first season about the disappearance of Mayakén continues. 

It may seem that the series starts unfocused, but it all comes together in the second half of the series in a heartbreaking and severe way. This season deals with the characters, their emotions, their actions and motivations in a more serious way. 

On the other hand the humor is also more hilarious with great absurdist scenes. It’s very silly in a good way that makes you chuckle or even laugh out loud. But the important part is that most characters are more fleshed out, either in a comical way, or a serious way or both. 

The series has grown in pace, storytelling as well as vastness of the universe of Diablero in general. There’s more of everything, characters, settings, demons, humor, action, mystery and drama. 

Diablero proves to be a very original series with cultural diversity which mixes humor and horror and drama in a fun way. The big cliffhanger at the end of episode 6 is very promising for a possible third season. 


My favorite part

I have a weak spot for Isaac. Although he is a secondary character, the scene lights up or gets dark when he shows up, it totally depends on his mood. But now he is making a real show of it. While being one of the most macho types of the series, he can share his body with his dead aunt Surleidi. That means Isaac with beard is wearing a wig, a dress, jewels and is as feminine as they come. But, and this is the important part, not as a cliche stereotype. They don’t ridicule crossdressing or men being too feminine. No, the only problem Isaac has with being his aunt Surleidi is that she drinks too much, and coming from Isaac that says a lot. 

The other important statement is made by Nancy, who desperately tries to be normal, but fails. It’s firstly shown in a comical manner, but later on Elvis and even Ramiro remind her that she doesn’t have to be normal, she just has to be herself. 

The last important aspect is the female empowerment. Instead of the evil empowerment of Mama Chabela and the evil Diableras, now we are shown powerful women, like Lupe, and also Keta who finds her strength as the incarnation of the goddess Coatlicue. She’s stronger and more powerful than Elvis and her growth as a woman and as a Diablera is well shown. 

Also the fun surreal setting of Mictlán is very original. It’s bizarre and funny and it gives a new dimension to the series. The same can be said of Keta’s dreams or psychic powers which bring in some surreal dreamlike scenes. 

Side note: Caution is advised for the fourth episode which contains a lot of stroboscopic lights due to lighting in a very dark environment. 


Ratings

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Fun factor: ★★★★☆

Epic factor: ★★★☆☆

Entertainment factor: ★★★★☆


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Cast and crew

Diablero is based on the book El Diablo me olbligó by Francisco Haghenbeck. It stars Horacio Garcia Rojas (Elvis), Giselle Kuri (Nancy), Fatima Molina (Keta), Christopher Von Uckermann (Ramiro), Humberto Busto (Isaac), Cassandra Iturralde (Mariana), Dulce Neri (Paulina), Mariana Botas (Thalía), Ela Velden (Lupe) and Matís del Castillo (Mayakén).

Music: Fernando Velàzquez Cinematography: Ivan Hernandez. Production company: Morena Films. Original network: Netflix.


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