TNT premiered the sequel to “Vota Juan”, the series starring Javier Cámara on March 29th
Although it’s not easy to put a good face on at these bad times, “Vamos Juan”, a political comedy from Diego San José starring Javier Cámara, has set out to bring a smile to the faces of confined viewers with the misadventures of Juan Carrasco, a former Minister of Agriculture who, tired of etching out a living as a teacher in Logroño, decides to return to Madrid to found his own political party and take revenge on his former colleagues. Viewers can follow his quest for funding, a team and a project from March 29th on TNT, in a marathon session. And, what about the political ideology? “It’s only good for losing votes,” according to Juan Carrasco himself.
This provincial politician with high aspirations, who already demonstrated his frustrated will to become president in “Vote Juan”, explodes, in the best sense of the word, in this sequel that can be enjoyed without having seen the first part. This time around, Juan Carrasco is even more awkward and wretched and with a mixture of fear and shame viewers can only hope not to recognize any current leader in his misdeeds. Although Javier Cámara himself has confessed that analysts close to the circles of power have acknowledged the show “more than a comedy, it looks like a documentary.” The best, and perhaps most difficult achievement, is that Juan always manages to be so pathetic that you can’t help feeling a certain tenderness towards him.
The veteran actor is so comfortable in his role that he even dared to direct one of the seven episodes in the series produced by 100 Balas (The Mediapro Studio) with Víctor García León and Borja Cobeaga as full-time filmmakers. The latter who has already demonstrated his excellent synergy with Diego San José in “Spanish Affair”, “Bomb Scared”, and “Friend Zone”, although it was “Vaya Semanita” where they both learned how to scoffingly joke about both the left and right, as is the case in “Vamos Juan”.
Cunning, just not quite Rambo
Whereas in “Vota Juan”, the action primarily takes place inside the Ministry of Agriculture, in “Vamos Juan” the scenarios multiply as they travel from Logroño to Madrid, and even take a hunting trip. In addition, the majority of Juan Carrasco’s trusted team are the same from the last time including Macarena (María Pujalte), his inseparable director of communication; Victor (Adam Jezierski), his assistant; and his former driver Pascual (Pedro Ángel Roca). In addition, the protagonist’s family, both his wife (Yaël Belicha) and his daughter Eva (Esty Quesada), now community manager of the new party, take on even greater prominence. Some of the new faces include Jesús Vidal as campaign manager and Oti Manzano, who gives life to “the victim every party needs to win votes,” according to the party’s political theorist.
The geniuses and scoundrels released by the characters are the work of Diego San José, Víctor García León, Daniel Castro and Pablo Remón, whose desire was to go even further than in the first instalment and get an even more cutting and dark humor concerning the miseries of power. They’re sharp and sarcastic, but not kamikazes. Therefore, each parody is measured down to the last millimeter. In fact, Diego San José’s maxim is: “The more provocative a joke is the greater ingenuity it requires.” So, let’s hope that nobody in the echelons of power can relate too much…again. Not even for a second.