September 19, 2022

WARNING: Spoilers forward for all seasons of Netflix’s Cash Heist.

I didn’t initially intend to turn into emotionally connected to the Spanish crime-drama. My love for La Casa De Papel/Cash Heist is like Sergio Marquina’s love for Raquel Murillo – unplanned.

It began one night time in April when I discovered my sister watching the present in our house theater. The very first character that my eyes laid upon was Denver within the scene from episode 4 of season 1 when he was tending his hostage’s, Mónica Gaztambide, gunshot wound in her leg. My sister then knowledgeable me of the backstory of how Denver refused to undergo Berlin’s orders in killing Mónica however as an alternative shot her within the leg as she allowed him to take action to pretend her demise. Straight away, I used to be very fascinated at how Denver – a legal – nonetheless had a way of morality in him and cared in regards to the lifetime of a girl that he was holding captive.


The next scene launched me to Moscow, Denver’s father, who was having a nightmare of his son murdering Mónica since he was below the impression that Denver did certainly kill her. The truth that Moscow – one other legal partaking within the heist – was horrified when he believed that his son killed the hostage speaks volumes. Not solely was it made clear that papa didn’t increase a assassin but it surely was additionally delivered to my consideration that these criminals had been greater than their labels.

It was in that very second that identical to Raquel Murillo, I didn’t know who the great guys or dangerous guys had been anymore – however that’s the level! In keeping with Itziar Ituño –  who portrays Raquel in Cash Heist,

“Every of the characters has completely different motivations and is neither good nor dangerous, and that was intentional, however there was additionally the thought of displaying the injustices of society. Some individuals have some huge cash and a few individuals wrestle to achieve the top of the month and so it was a means of displaying that and that’s additionally why you will have extra sympathy for the robbers as a result of they haven’t bought cash and once they want extra they only do what the financial institution does – they only print some extra. The great characters aren’t excellent and the dangerous ones aren’t very dangerous – identical to life!”


After my sister gave me a very good recap on what I missed (I in a while skimmed episodes 1-3 and the scenes that I didn’t see in episode 4), I used to be instantly immersed into this very distinctive story. Cash Heist precisely delivers the truth that everybody has the aptitude to do good or evil in a plot that has by no means been finished earlier than. Have you ever ever heard of a bunch of criminals plotting for 5 months to not steal cash however print it? That’s precisely what Sergio (El Professor) Marquina and his crew are all about!

Sergio gathered his half-brother and a bunch of seven misfit strangers to assist him pull off the most important heist in historical past – printing 2.4 billion euros within the Royal Mint of Spain as a tribute to his father who died robbing banks to supply the cash to look after younger Sergio when he was within the hospital. He had every of his colleagues name his or herself a metropolis identify to forestall his or her true id being uncovered to the police. The Professor effectively communicated along with his crew by way of walkie talkies when guiding them by way of varied conditions to forestall the police from tuning into their calls and/or tracing his location. He outsmarted the cops quite a few instances – tricking them into doing precisely what he needed them to do. He even conveniently befriended Raquel Murillo, the inspector of the case, at a bar which enabled him to efficiently stay one step forward of the police’s agenda.

All of this was like a recreation of chess to Sergio Marqunia, and to say that he was excellent at it was an understatement. His plan was flawless…till it wasn’t. The one dent in his in any other case good plan was that he ended up falling in love along with his nemesis, Raquel Murillo.


And that was how the present formally stole my coronary heart. Proper there after which, Cash Heist simply turned my absolute favourite TV collection – not solely as a result of I’m a whole sucker for the enemies-to-lovers trope but additionally the romance between Sergio and Raquel was so well-written. Their onscreen chemistry, in my view, is superior by far to some other tv couple. The sexual stress between them has been very alive ever since they began conversing because the Professor and the Inspector over the cellphone.

The well-known quote from the musical, Moulin Rouge!, “The best factor you’ll ever be taught is simply to like and be beloved in return,” is really the theme of Sergio and Raquel’s relationship. Sergio spent half of his life planning this heist to honor his deceased father. He give up renewing his ID on the age of 19, and he remoted himself for thus lengthy that he virtually turned a ghost. He even admitted to Raquel that earlier than he met her he didn’t know get pleasure from life. Nonetheless, being along with her now has lastly given him a powerful want to really feel alive that he doesn’t wish to ignore.

Raquel, then again, was a sufferer of home abuse and has by no means skilled real love earlier than she met Sergio. Sergio, not like her ex-husband, was actual along with her. Though he initially lied to her about who he was to forestall his heist from foiling, his deep emotions for Raquel had been nothing however real – even a polygraph proved it! The Professor legitimately fell onerous for the Inspector.

Raquel finally realized that Sergio is greater than only a “dangerous man” and continues to be very effectively, in truth, the person that she fell in love with. It was solely moments later after the clip above when she joined his aspect.

There are sincerely not sufficient phrases to specific the facility and excellence that these two possess when they’re collectively. Essentially the most clever man on the present plus probably the most clever girl on the present doesn’t solely equal an unstoppable crew but additionally makes one heck of a badass couple. They actually had been the most effective factor to occur to one another.

Nonetheless, all of a sudden out of nowhere, they not had been. In season 4 episode 6, it was revealed in a flashback that earlier than the second heist (aka the mission to rescue Rio) started, Sergio agreed to donate his sperm to Nairobi in order that she will be able to have a child.

To start with, the thought of Sergio giving his sperm to Nairobi interval is bizarre as heck and nearly looks like dishonest. Although he did refuse to do it the standard means, it doesn’t change the truth that he could be having a toddler with one girl whereas being in a dedicated relationship with one other. One would assume he would really feel humorous about agreeing to one thing large like this, however clearly he didn’t when he so casually declared to Marsella that he could possibly be having children with two of his colleagues. I don’t find out about anybody else, however I didn’t count on this relationship to go a polygamist path!

The worst a part of this, nevertheless, will not be that Sergio agreed to do that however that he agreed with out his girlfriend’s consent. If Raquel was conscious and okay with this, then I might have at the least felt considerably higher about this case, however contemplating that she was utterly left at nighttime is outright disrespectful. As his associate, she has greater than each proper to know what he does along with his sperms; as a pair, this was definitely one thing that they need to have mentioned earlier than Sergio may even contemplate agreeing to.

What’s much more despicable is that Raquel did know that Nairobi was having a child however was below the misunderstanding that it was from a buddy with advantages. Nairobi didn’t even, on the very least, come clean with the reality that she was utilizing the ex-inspector’s boyfriend for a child. She additionally needed to sleep with Sergio whereas being very conscious that he’s relationship Raquel. This tells me that if it was the opposite means round, and Raquel died quite than Nairobi, I actually don’t assume she would mourn like Raquel mourned for her.

Dwelling in a society that’s professional ladies’s rights, one would assume that the writers would give their feminine characters a way of dignity. What do they do as an alternative? Regress Nairobi’s arc – having it revolve round her obsession with having a child with completely anybody from the present as an alternative of it being a lot extra. This subplot was additionally virtually a slap in Raquel’s face, as if her love for Sergio and her loyalty to the crew meant nothing in any respect to them.

Do they significantly not know who they’re coping with? If Raquel actually needed to, she may have turned all of their butts in years in the past. It’s such a disgrace to witness the writers mistreat the most effective character on the present (I’m not simply saying this as a result of we share the identical identify). If this had been actuality, not one in all them would dare to get on her dangerous aspect. Everybody is aware of that Raquel Murillo can finish anybody whereas carrying her iconic pencil bun!

Put up-binging Cash Heist, I used to be left in a funk as most motion pictures and TV exhibits put me in today. It actually let me down to observe my effectively established ship flip into one thing completely poisonous. No couple is ideal – Raquel and Sergio have even argued a couple of instances in season 3 which was utterly regular – however for him to not speak in confidence to his girlfriend about such a severe matter was means out of his character. It was nearly as if the season 4 writers didn’t hassle to observe the earlier seasons.

After performing some digging, it seems that they probably didn’t in spite of everything. TheTeCake states that Cash Heist was initially meant to be a restricted collection advised in two elements that originally aired on the Spanish community Antena 3. In different phrases, the present was supposed to finish after season 2 which gave us a fortunately satisfying conclusion to the story that started in season 1. Netflix, sadly, wouldn’t go away this unbelievable collection alone, considering it was a quite “genius” concept so as to add extra pointless seasons that no one requested for. Contemplating that season 3 was the beginning of a complete new chapter, the brand new writers that had been employed for the brand new seasons most likely haven’t seen seasons 1 and a couple of of Cash Heist (there undoubtedly had been new writers on board in accordance with IMDb).

All of this now makes good sense and completely explains the inconsistency of Sergio’s character in season 4. On one hand, he’s heartbroken and devastated when he thought the love of his life had died. Whereas it was revealed to the viewers that the police faked Raquel’s execution, it was nonetheless very painful to observe the Professor grieve for her. Álvaro Morte – who portrays Sergio Marquina – even talked about that this was his hardest scene to shoot which exhibits how a lot effort he places into making his romance with co-star Ituño’s character plausible. Then, when he realized that she continues to be alive, Sergio did every thing in his energy to forestall her from being despatched to jail and succeeded.

However, nevertheless, he was nonetheless eager on having a child with Nairobi. She could also be lifeless now however that doesn’t erase the truth that it was going to occur if she survived with out Raquel’s data and permission. If solely these writers knew that Sergio is uninterested in mendacity to Raquel and doesn’t wish to harm her as he advised her within the polygraph scene in season 2, this subplot wouldn’t exist!

Can we additionally talk about how in season 3, Raquel and Sergio had been solely speaking about getting married however then in season 4, he referred to her as his spouse? Certain, she most likely felt like a spouse to him since they mainly lived like a married couple, however he nonetheless hasn’t put a hoop on her finger. I’m beginning to assume that the brand new writers don’t even keep in mind their very own episodes that they write.

Now trying again on the third season, although it was cute watching the 2 smartest individuals on the present lastly work aspect by aspect collectively on the identical crew, it was even excruciatingly apparent then that the writers had not watched the previous seasons. Within the finale, when Sergio and Raquel bought separated within the midst of hiding from the cops, he advised her over their walkie talkie dialog that he was in love along with her for the primary time…wait, that doesn’t sound correct!

The scene above is from season 2 episode 6. That was the very first time that Sergio Marquina has ever professed his love for Raquel Murillo. He additionally did a second time in season 2 episode 8. Due to this fact, season 3 episode 8 (aka the season 3 finale) was truly the third time that he advised her that he’s in love along with her. Whether or not the writers actually missed these episodes from season 2 or they only determined to tune out like Raquel did within the warmth of the second, it doesn’t change that Sergio did, in truth, confess his love for her to her face.

As heartfelt as this scene is (to not point out the romantic montage flashback), the continuity error right here is simply so embarrassing. Seasons 3 and 4 of Cash Heist are mainly what the outcomes of a school pupil’s essay would appear like if she or he began it at 11pm and needed to flip it in by 11:59pm that very same night time.

In gentle of all of this, at the least it’s now secure to say that Serquel (Sergio and Raquel’s ‘ship’ identify) continues to be a legitimate ship since seasons 1 and a couple of make up a separate story from seasons 3 and past. Though I should still watch the fifth season each time it releases, contemplating that season 4 left off on a significant cliffhanger, I truthfully don’t even care what occurs anymore (except they miraculously reveal that the third and fourth seasons had been only a dangerous dream that one of many characters had or that Tokyo was drunk whereas narrating and gave viewers false info). Cash Heist ended after season 2 for me – something after that’s simply Netflix’s undesirable fanfiction!

If I knew any higher, I truthfully would have stopped after the season 2 finale. I actually want I had! Even part of me deep down had a sense that one thing would go flawed in one of many later seasons. I simply had no clue it might have been this dangerous. In all honesty, butchering a personality’s arc is virtually the identical as actually killing the character itself.

Season 2’s ending will not be solely good due to its completely satisfied conclusion but it surely additionally fantastically parallels how Sergio and Raquel met in season 1. On the finish of episode 2 in season 1, Sergio lent his cellphone to Raquel at a bar in order that she may make some calls since her cellphone died. Within the ultimate scene of the season 2 finale, Raquel’s cellphone died once more whereas she was searching for Sergio in Palawan, utilizing the coordinates he wrote on the again of the postcards that he gave her. As soon as extra, she went to a bar and requested the bartender if he had a cellphone charger. After he shook his head, a person sitting on the top, carrying a elaborate go well with and hat, circled, revealing himself to be Sergio whereas responding, “If it’s vital, you should use mine.”

If this isn’t the absolute best ending then I don’t know what’s. Heck, that is the most effective ending to any TV collection or season I’ve ever seen! At this price, I’m satisfied that Rio by no means bought captured by the police and that Sergio and Raquel are nonetheless dwelling fortunately ever after with none sperm donor drama – I imply in spite of everything, this isn’t Jane the Virgin!

What are your ideas about Cash Heist and its newest season? Do you ship Serquel? Tell us within the feedback under or tweet us @TheSeriesRegs!

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