Wrong Side of the Tracks Review: Length and Dreariness are the Issues in this Otherwise Decent Spanish Drama

Sometimes, all we need is a gritty, witty, and suspenseful show to lift our spirits. However, the devil is in the details, as they say. Netflix has again come up with a new series, Wrong Side of the Tracks, which promises to be a thrilling watch.

Wrong Side of the Tracks Review Summary

With eight episodes spanning over nine hours, Wrong Side of The Tracks is too lengthy for a slow-paced series. However, even though it drabs, the show has several things to celebrate.

Keep reading my Wrong Side of the Tracks review to make a healthy decision concerning whether to stream it or skip it.

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Wrong Side of the Tracks Synopsis

When Irene gets involved in a drug fiasco, Tirso, her grandfather, decides to take things into his own hands. Known in the neighborhood as a war veteran, will Tirso be able to make ends meet? Many interesting characters collide in this new Spanish drama streaming on Netflix.

Created by David Bermejo, Wrong Side of the Tracks stars Jose Coronado (Tirso), Nono Sabo (Irene), Felipe Londono (Nelson), Luis Zahera (Ezequiel), Laura Ramos (Gladys), Itziar Atienza (Amanda), and Carmen Esteban (Alicia) in pivotal roles.

Number of Episodes: 8
Wrong Side of the Tracks Duration: 9hrs 27 Minutes

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What Works for Wrong Side of the Tracks?

Reflection on Loneliness

Loneliness can both be a boon and a bane for different individuals. I have always liked people talking about being alone. Specifically when two solitary individuals catch up after a long time and have a conversation about life.

Wrong Side of the Tracks has characters who are desolate, to some extent. It has a scene where two old-aged people sit together and discuss their concerns. Well, I liked it and thought it was worth mentioning.

No Exaggeration

The series remains raw and authentic and does nothing out of the blue to grab your attention. It gives characters the time to grow while also ensuring utmost care for the surroundings. Maybe, that is why Wrong Side of the Tracks has a slow pace.

Instead of infusing cinematic elements, the series finds solace in keeping things real. You would not find any scene out of place in the show. Usually, we have a protagonist seeking vengeance and going all out against the villains.

However, that theory stands corrected for Wrong Side of the Tracks. Here we have a lead actor who is genuinely fighting the evil. He doesn’t have strong muscles or the power to up the ante. Rather, just like in real life, he struggles and faces setbacks while reaching the ultimate goal.

Performances

Wrong Side of the Tracks is led by Jose Coronado playing Tirso. And I will be honest, I have not seen an arrogant character like him in a long time. Coronado is outrageously haughty yet calm and composed.

I loved the way he performed in scenes that required covering small details. Moreover, his innate ability to remain on top of the narration allows Coronado to steer the show on his own. Be it the moments of anger or expressions of laughter, the actor never fails to impress.

Nono Sabo as Irene does a fabulous job in Wrong Side of the Tracks. She is still unknown, and a simple google search tells me this is her first big outing in the world of cinema. Playing a teenager can sometimes be tricky considering the multi-layered propositions that come along.

An actor has to ace all the small details and be on top while reflecting on mood swings and other aspects. Nevertheless, Nono Sabo is unfettered with the expectations as she creates a path of her own.

Felipe Londono infuses intensity in the narration with a young and fiery character, Nelson. It wouldn’t be wrong to call him the charm of the series. Felipe does not have a too restrained or encouraging attitude. He finds the right balance between doing what he is capable of doing.

Luis Zahera delivers another sparkling performance while playing Ezequiel. He’s given the cheekiest dialogues to keep the humor alive, and the man doesn’t disappoint. Furthermore, Zahera comes along as a gritty actor who can survive anything thrown his way.

Laura Ramos (Gladys), Itziar Atienza (Amanda), and Carmen Esteban (Alicia) are all in their prime, especially Laura and Carmen. While Laura has a dynamic attitude, Carmen is sweet.

Story

I won’t call the story of this Netflix show Amazing, but it indeed is gritty. Regardless, several strings could have been better placed and connected in the end. Since my focus is on positives currently, I must point out the tale’s worthiness as a package.

There are hardly any loose ends or unconnected spirals in Wrong Side of the Tracks. The writers ensure a decent narration in the beginning (falters with time), which is authentic and genuine.

What Doesn’t Work for Wrong Side of the Tracks?

Length

As mentioned earlier, the show is almost nine and a half hours long. There wouldn’t have been a thing wrong with that had the story been crisper and the narration more interesting. The makers are never able to satisfy viewers with taut writing.

Furthermore, the story hardly has any thrilling moments or intricate mysteries. For a fact, I slept three times while trying to finish the series. Therefore, I wouldn’t recommend Wrong Side of the Tracks if you are not a fan of lazy narrations.

Slowness

This show is too slow to bear, even for a vivacious viewer. When you have each episode over an hour’s length, you must ensure at least fifteen minutes of extreme thrill or stimulation. However, it never happens for Wrong Side of the Tracks.

It does have praiseworthy moments, but considering the show as a whole, there’s nothing to call it a complete package. You will be disappointed in keeping too many expectations.

A Sparkless Finale Episode

Despite its drawbacks, I kept watching Wrong Side of the Tracks in anticipation of a grand finale. However, a compelling climax never came. Even in the last episode, when the excitement should be at the highest levels, you have blandness overtaking the screen.

A succinct narration was needed, but the show only manages to have a simple outing towards the finish line. Moreover, the makers throw at us some glimpses from the upcoming season, which I wish never comes.

Screenplay

Wrong Side of the Tracks falls in the Suspense genre but has a weak screenplay to its name. Some more complexities would have made it enjoyable. I feel what let down the show’s screenplay is its poorly drafted script and the lack of a decent background score.

Final Word

You can watch Wrong Side of the Tracks if you can bear a slow-paced show for over nine hours. However, those who admire compelling writing will be disappointed. Your patience will be consistently tested in this Spanish drama streaming on Netflix.

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