The second and final season of this black comedy, produced by Globomedia, is now available on Movistar+ and ensured to have you binging at such a rate that you’ll go through them faster than you’d down a tequila shot.
If getting into the good books of the Russian mafia might have appeared a bit of a feat – unless, like Franky (Luis Bermejo), you’re an excellent blini cook – then trying to break free seems almost impossible. This is the race for survival that our protagonists Edurne, (Leonor Watling) and Julian (Hugo Silva) undertake in the second and final season of Nasdrovia, now available on Movistar+. The pair of legal eagles are now working as council for the criminal organization run by Boris (Anton Yakovlev) and as such, find themselves back at square one; with the exception that in this case they are not trapped only by the monotony of the mid-life crises lives, but instead by an even more suffocating gang of hitmen. However, while Julian tries to survive by pandering to the mob, Edurne is desperate, and just wants to take down her new boss and be free, and she’s not the only one.
In the six new episodes of this comedy with a Russian accent produced by Globomedia (The Mediapro Studio), which is bingeable enough to be devoured as fast as a plate of blinis, the problems are beginning to grow like weeds for Boris, lethal and effeminate in equal parts. To top it off, COVID hits and with it comes the first nationwide state of alarm, and the perfect excuse to make comedy from the virus, toilet paper and even the 8M pro-feminism march held in Madrid. ‘God, you’re shitty screenwriters’, laments Edurne’s character, who continues to break the fourth wall with her tragicomic monologues directly involving the audience in her misfortunes. Both Watling and Yakovlev – who, by the way, doesn’t actually speak Spanish but learned the phonetics for each dialogue by heart – give stellar performances in their roles as intimate enemies.
From the everyday to the absurd
Screenwriters Sergio Sarria, Luismi Pérez and Miguel Esteban, joined this season by director Marc Vigil, continue betting heavy on a blend of black humor, conventional, absurd jokes and madcap situations, and, without giving too much away, boast plenty of examples of the latter including duplicated hits put out on people, Drag Race styled parties and contests, and assassination attempts that end in botched, blood-soaked chaos, And how could we forget the momentous occasion on which a film is shot at Boris’ house in an episode that pays homage, also visually, to the world of cinema and television featuring Vigil himself in a cameo role as director. Of course, they’ve also been kind enough to reveal the secret ingredient in Franky’s famous blinis.
The latest installment of Nasdrovia – released at such a critical moment in the same week Russia invaded Ukraine – seems to take a direct poke at this unfortunate band of characters, even down to the amazing soundtrack (with everything from Mecano to Rocío Jurado, via Raffaella Carrà) complete with a barnstorming ending and a tension more akin to that of a gangster movie than a black comedy. And, although Movistar+ and Globomedia have announced that this is the end, there are still some loose thread dangling around that could be pulled so as not to dismiss these characters forever. The show also takes this final curtain call on the heels of its triumphant showing at the Luchon Festival and the MiM Series Awards, as we bid them a heartfelt Nasdrovia to one and all!