La Reina del Sur Season 3, Premiere week

These are some totally casual barely-even-summaries that I posted in the comments of the most recent Launch Pad post. I have no idea where I’m going with this, but I wanted to stay organized. Given the behind the scenes footage at the end of Ep 3, it looks like there’s not another new episode until Monday.

Episode 1

LRDS 3 started last night. They’re skipping ahead four years from the end of the second series? So Ray is 4, Beba and Epifanio’s son is 4, and Sofia is 14. Paloma’s being a single mom to both Ray and Sofia (even if Sofia thinks she’s been grown since she was 10). Epifanio’s still Epifanio. Beba’s been suicidal and it’s been an excuse to keep her son away from her. Oleg is working with Jonathan and some new guy to bust Teresa out of prison. They don’t tell us exactly why she’s there, just a bunch of guys showed up in Australia, where she was in hiding with Sofia, and arrested her (I use the term loosely).

Episode 2

Tuesday’s episode, Sofia makes it to Colombia where Faustino, Rocio, Sheila, and Batman are living. Rocio’s less “Vampi” now. More like…dark tropicalcore? Sofia gets abducted by human traffickers but escapes them with help from a mystery guy (hey, how ’bout that AfroLatinx representation!). Teresa is dead for ten minutes (shout out to the Ravelry peeps) and nearly dies again before making it to Mexico via trucks, jeeps, whitewater rafting, and a tunnel from New Mexico. And once again, Epifanio was behind it all. Epifanios gotta Epifanio.

Episode 3

Ha, yesterday was Wednesday, not Tuesday!

Which means tonight is Thursday and on tonight’s episode Epifanio lays out his brilliant plan: Teresa’s going to single-handedly take down the DEA in exchange for not having to hide anymore and a payout in the millions of dollars. She’s taking the boys with her, though, and they all get microchipped.

Sofia’s new friend Mateo helps her get back to the fam. When she’s about to introduce him, he mysteriously vanishes.

Beba’s dad and some military guy are trying to undermine Epifanio by trying to catch/kill Teresa. The three dumbasses they have following her think they see an opportunity when she’s momentarily alone waiting for the new guy. They fell victim to one of the classic blunders–never go in against Teresa Mendoza when death is on the line. It’s no surprise she kicks their asses soundly.

Episode 4

Landero (aka The New Guy) gets Teresa to Colombia where she can meet back up with Sofia. Sofia’s not happy that Teresa’s planning to leave for Bolivia pretty quickly.

The boys are in Bolivia, starting the search for Jinete Negro, who supposedly has some really good dirt on the DEA.

That DEA fucker Charlie goes to Málaga to kidnap Sofia, but ends up killing Paloma’s housekeeper and a friend of Paloma’s and then kidnapping Ray from his daycare. Plus shooting a teacher there. We look forward to a slow and painful death for Charlie.

And *now* that’s the end of the week.

Launch Pad August 27, 2022

I hope this week’s student loan forgiveness brought some joy to your life.

I don’t think anything’s going on TV-wise until the first full week of September.

We’re still watching Top Chef VIP. This is really the strangest format, but I think I like it. They’re doing so much cooking! It’s at least two challenges an episode, five episodes a week. And clearly everyone’s having fun…at least until it’s time to have someone go home, then everybody’s crying.

Launch Pad August 13, 2022

I keep wanting to say “This week has been kind of rough” like it hasn’t been the default for years. With the new CDC guidance I honestly don’t know if I will ever feel comfortable being in public around strangers again…but, hey, I was already having mobility problems, so it’s not like I wouldn’t have been continuing to stay home anyway! (Insert bitter laugh here.)

Recently, we’ve lost Nichelle Nichols, Manuel Ojeda, Olivia Newton-John…probably some more people I don’t remember at the moment. I hope wherever they are, they know they were loved.

I’ve been watching Top Chef VIP. I didn’t realize they were doing two-hour episodes a night, but it gives them a lot of room for goofing off. If I’m not paying strict attention, I don’t miss much.

The Proximas page has been updated.

Launch Pad July 30, 2022

It’s Friday as I type this. I am both on the phone, on hold, trying to verify that I correctly scheduled a medical appointment and “chatting” with a supremely unhelpful “agent” online re: the same. ¡Qué pinche flojera!

I am watching absolutely nothing in Spanish. I think I’m waiting for La Reina del Sur 3, but I don’t know if they’ve set a date yet.

Mostly I’ve been bingeing the Scientology documentary on Netflix. It’s creepy.

What’s on that I need to watch?