It makes me sad to see so few posts for one of the best television shows out there.
Is it because it's mostly subtitled? Is it because they opted for more average, realistic looking casting instead of beautiful telenovela types?
If you are lurking here and for some odd reason you haven't watched it, I'd strongly recommend that you do.
My only gripe is perhaps the casting of Rafa. The actor worked for the early, humble character who only cared about his weed but lacked the charisma to seduce the beautiful Sofia in my mind. He was so stupid and repulsive by the end of the series that you couldn't buy any woman wanting to deal with his mess.
Also maybe they could have done better than Michael Pena... he didn't bother me but he didn't inspire the empathy that Alyssa Diaz did as his wife Mika.
The star of the show is Diego Luna who comes close to pulling off a Pacino quality performance as Felix Gallardo, the mastermind behind the first cartel. It perhaps lacks the power of Pacino's Michael, but I think that is because they chose to keep his personal life somewhat of mystery... alluding to numerous affairs and mystery women coming out of his hotel room, but never quite revealing the man beyond his business dealings.
I try to keep in mind that these are real people of course, so although there is poetic license, it doesn't have the same latitude that a show like the Godfather or the Sopranos might have.
Looking forward to season 2... it was set up so that they can tell a lot more story if the ratings hold up.