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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Ingobernable is a cliffhanger-heavy series about the fictional First Lady of Mexico and her escape from danger. It highlights the stark contrast between the "haves" and the "have-nots": The main character must escape her luxurious, ivory tower surroundings as the First Lady of Mexico and becomes a fugitive hiding among her country's poorest citizens; criminals exist in both worlds. Expect to see portrayals of domestic (and other) violence, gunplay, and sex. The show's dialogue is entirely in Spanish with English subtitles but can also be viewed with a dubbed-in-English voice track.
What's the story?
INGOBERNABLE opens in the middle of a tense fight between Mexico's president, Diego Nava (Erik Hayser), and his wife, Emilia Urquiza (Kate del Castillo). Emilia is attempting to get Diego to sign divorce papers, and he is beyond displeased. Accusations are hurled back and forth, and the fight soon grows physical, with Emilia pulling a gun (later dropped) in an attempt to stave off her rage-filled husband. At some point they end up scuffling on the hotel's balcony, pounded by rain, and things go black. When Emilia awakens, the gun is back in her hand and her husband's gone over the balcony railing with a bullet in his head. The secret service descends on the hotel to apprehend her, and she's off like a rocket, determined to uncover the mystery of just who put that gun in her hand -- and why.
Is it any good?
This cliffhanger-heavy series will please fans of political intrigue and conspiracies, but the backstory is doled out in painfully slow dribs and drabs. (It takes three full episodes for Emilia to even change out of the stiletto heels she escapes in.) Eventually they do start serving up more juicy details, though, and there are some clever twists and turns. Fans of conspiracy theories and political intrigue should find much to enjoy in Ingobernable. The acting is mostly solid, and del Castillo's own real-life controversial backstory -- she played a role in the infamous 2015 meet-up between actor Sean Penn and the escaped jailbird/drug lord El Chapo -- certainly ups the curiosity factor.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about whether they believe Emilia is guilty or innocent in Ingobernable. Why wouldn't she just stay and plead her case? What would you have done in that situation? Was running away the right thing to do?
Do you think the depiction of how the government works is true to life? What do you know about other countries' governments?
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