A new TV series entitled “Snowfall” is about to show us the history of how cocaine had infected many American Communities in the 1980’s. It aims to educate people about the lives that the illegal drug has changed or ended.
The show was written by Eric Amadio, John Singleton, and Dave Anton. The first part of the series begins in a palm tree-lined suburb in June 1983.Franklin Saint, played by Damson Indris, is introduced as “a level-headed kid fresh out of a fancy suburban school he attended on scholarship.”
“Snowfall” is a slow, beautiful show, and it shines when Franklin is at its center.” described Variety Magazine.
Franklin was shown to feel like he was out of place in his school. The main character earns some money working in a convenience store and doing other side jobs. Due to a twist of fate, Franklin is introduced to Israeli cocaine kingpin Avi Drexler, played by Alon Moni Aboutboul. The kingpin offers Franklin a dangerous opportunity to apply his ambition of which he accepts.
“Snowfall” offers us a light beginning to contrast the heavy events that would unfold in the future. From the sunny suburb we begin with Franklin kindly catches children for stealing candy, then things escalate to having to deal with situations that would force him to grow up.
The series shows us other characters struggling amidst the cocaine pandemic. Teddy McDonald, played by Carter Hudson, an ex-C.I.A. agent, attempts to speed up his career in smuggling drugs to fund militias in Nicaragua.
Another curious character in the story is the duo of Lucia Villanueva, played by Emily Rios, and Gustavo Zapata, played by Sergio Peris-Mencheta. Lucia is the daughter of a powerful Mexican drug lord who seeks to widen his span of influence, while Gustavo was a professional wrestler Lucia took in as a bodyguard.
The three story lines intersect in a scene in the show then quickly separate again after a few moments. The main idea in each story line involves people having to experience hell and do things they would otherwise not want to for the purpose of uplifting their status in the society.
The main driving force in all of the story lines is the presence of cocaine. Franklin uses it as a way to get some extra money, Carter, on the other hand, smuggles it to gain a career, and lastly, Lucia and her family uses it to amass power.
The show sheds light on the complexity of the drug pandemic in our world. It shows that the situation is not as simple as we think it is. Cocaine is seen as the salvation for a few, but the destroyer of many.
Carter’s situation shows us how drugs can even have a large part when it comes to politics and war. Franklin sheds light on how misguided principles can lead us to a place we never wanted to go. While Lucia shows that the conquest of power is a never ending bloody-cycle.
Various television hits have owed their success to the story of how drugs have changed and ruined lives. Drugs have become a part of many successful TV shows such as “Breaking Bad”, “The Wire”, “Weeds”, and Boardwalk Empire”. All of which tells us that drugs are never the solution and people addicted to it need to go get help.