In 2005, ‘Los Hombres de Paco’ was premiered, a police series that initially had a markedly comical tone. That did not take long to change to move more towards the thriller -although without ever abandoning the humor-, also knowing how to handle the use of surprising twists quite successfully to keep the viewer hooked.
Its loss of popularity led to it being terminated in 2010 after the broadcast of nine seasons, but now it resurfaces with a tenth season whose first episode premieres today on Antena 3 before becoming exclusive to ATRESplayer Premium for a time. For me, I have already had the opportunity to see the first chapter and I was quite satisfied with it.
A joyous reunion
One thing that should be made clear is that the tenth season of ‘Paco’s Men’ completely ignores the disconcerting supernatural turn that was chosen in the ninth to try to return to what had previously defined the series, that is, the team commanded by Paco using unconventional methods to solve cases that a priori should be impossible for them.
That is the starting point for the start of the tenth season, but in parallel it is necessary to place again all the characters, both the old acquaintances and those who add for the occasion to the series created at the time by Daniel Écija and Álex Pina. I’d rather wait a little longer to really appreciate how newcomers work – it keeps getting weird to see Amaia Sagasti completing the main trio instead of a Hugo Silva, but not at all because I do it wrong-, but what the series does quickly recover is the great chemistry they share Paco Tous and Pepón Nieto.
Just by seeing Paco and Mariano in action again, one already knows that he is going to have a good time, and if along the way you add special appearances like Silva’s or Michelle JennerWell, things are quite lively. In addition, the presence of Lucas and Sara, whose love story was always one of the great axes of the series, is well integrated, has logic within the universe of the series and also that they do not have a leading role.
It is clear that other old acquaintances are yet to arrive, something key for ‘Paco’s men’ remain a recognizable series for his followers, no matter how much that feeling of a new beginning that this episode has also leads to a change in the professional career of its protagonists.
To all this must be added a solvent assembly work and an effective direction by Alejandro Bazzano, a veteran of the small screen who had previously worked on titles as diverse as ‘Physics or Chemistry’, ‘La casa de papel’ or ‘Inés del alma mía’. It certainly helps a tighter footage, because the first episode barely exceeds 50 minutes when the usual thing in the series was to easily exceed the hour of duration, but above all because the staging is aimed at enhancing the identity of the series instead of wanting to appear to be what is not.
As a cover letter, the first episode of this late tenth season of ‘Paco’s Men’ it’s very nice, since it serves to remind us what we liked about the series without resisting evolution. Of course, it is still a small introduction and now it is time to show that beyond the very pleasant reunion there is something that justifies these two more seasons commissioned by Atresmedia.