Season 5 of Money Heist, a Netflix blockbuster is finally out! Those who are knowledgeable about it say that the production, set in Spain, is one of the most watched series on Netflix and has received many awards, including Best Drama Series at the 46th International Emmy Awards.
Most people who watch it, argues enthusiasts, would find themselves siding with the gang, not wanting them to be caught by the police, even though they are thieves!
The entire series (1-5) of more than 30 episodes is about the robbery of the Royal Mint of Spain and the Bank of Spain by a gang of nine with different personalities and complex interpersonal relations, led by a genius professor.
They’re adept in the art of hostage taking, bargaining and escaping arrest. It’s a first rate thriller—full of high drama, very unpredictable and well crafted.
It is not unlikely that some of those keen on the series return to watch Episode 4 again to refresh their memory before watching the new Episode 5.
Money Heist is not just about entertainment as critics of cultural productions would say. For, it is through such innocuous cultural productions that the digital monopolies – Facebook, Amazon, Netflix, Google – exercise influence on global imagination, occasioning the shift from traditional imperialism to what some scholars call “the empire of signs”. Nothing is wrong with the creativity but critics say that all such cultural productions are structured by what Palestinian-American, the late Edward Said calls ‘imaginative geographies’. Imaginative geographies should not stop anyone from enjoying ‘Money Heist’ though!