As a quasi-professional television binge watcher, I often try to watch shows when they’re first released, but sometimes that doesn’t work out because streaming platforms release a considerable amount of content and I prefer to have some semblance of a social life. However, now that we’re sheltering at home and my vacation from the house consists of my brisk stroll through the market, it’s safe to say I’m finally getting around to watching some of the longer shows on my To Watch list.
In less than a week, I devoured the Spanish Netflix series, “La Casa de Papel” aka “Money Heist,” which recently released its fourth season. The drama is about a “victimless” heist, where a team of robbers break into Spain’s Royal Mint and print their own money. Yes, they have hostages, but they technically don’t steal any of the money. As the series unwinds, the episodes let viewers in on more and more of the intricate details of the Professor’s heist plan as well as providing more information about each of the robbers. In the series, everyone in the crew has a city code name with the exception of their bookish leader, the Professor. As the heist carries on, the stakes grow higher and the robbers grow closer to each other. While the Professor keeps his plan in motion from the outside, he and the inspector, trying to negotiate the release of the hostages, fall into a complicated love story.