Review Time: Money Heist Season 5 Part 1, the Professor & gang switch the war mode on
The wait is finally over, Money Heist Season 5 Part 1 is officially streaming on Netflix and I happened to already binge on the first three which are a setup to an expected mind-blowing finale. With the first part of the final season releasing its first five episodes, Alvaro Morte’s The Professor and gang return to continue their second heist in the Bank of Spain.
While the fourth season ended on an emotional note with the gang bidding its final goodbye to Nairobi (Alba Flores), the fifth season takes off with them coming together to fight back “For Nairobi.” The trailer of the fifth season had already shown us The Professor’s capture by inspector Alice Sierra (Najwa Nimri) and well, one can say it’s just the beginning for an extremely exciting entry into the fifth season.
The first episode of the season is titled ‘The End of The Road’ and it could not have been more fitting. In fact, all the episode titles seem to be fitting enough for what lies ahead as the new season kicks off. If there’s one thing that I’ve been appreciative of in Money Heist since the beginning, it’s how the show never takes time to jump directly to right where it left off. Following its usual pattern, the fifth season too kicks off straight with The Professor’s (Alvaro Morte) capture by Sierra (Najwa Nimri). Pointing her gun at the man who has been the brain behind the heist, a pregnant Sierra rejoices and is willing to go to any level to get him talking about his gang’s escape plan from the bank. While the Professor is dealing with Sierra, his gang back at the bank reunites with Lisbon (Itziar Ituño) who takes charge as soon as she returns. She takes the reins as “Ms. Professor”, a title Tokyo bestows on her during their first heated but later friendly interaction.
Even before learning about The Professor’s capture by Sierra, the gang is already dealing with a major situation as they try to have a negotiation with Colonel Tamayo (Fernando Cayo) ahead of his plans to send the military in. The fast-paced first three episodes of the series promise a lot of action including a scene that will bring sadistic pleasure to many. We see the gang fighting a dual war as they find themselves scrambling without The Professor’s guidance and deciding to go into war mode despite knowing the price they will have to pay for it.
Like every Money Heist season, the latest one also continues to play out key flashbacks, and this time they revolve around the new character on the show, Rafael (Patrick Criado), Berlin’s (Pedro Alonso) son. It’s not established early on how Rafael and The Professor’s plan will eventually intersect but one can expect a major revelation happening towards the final two episodes of the season.
As seen in the first three episodes, the women of Money Heist get to call the shots this time. Be it Sierra’s ruthless tactics to get The Professor talking or Lisbon, Tokyo (Ursula Corbero), and Stockholm’s (Esther Acebo) power walk outside the bank for negotiation with Colonel Tamayo, these women are willing to fight for what they believe in. The fifth season is sure to make you appreciate the talents of Najwa Nimri and Itziar Ituño more, simply because the two actresses shine in every frame they are in.
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