‘Machos Alfa’: The creators of ‘La que se avecina’ do not abandon the joke when moving to Netflix

There are series titles that make your hair stand on end. alpha males It is one of them. One wonders if the brothers Alberto and Laura Caballero, the brothers behind such successful comedies as There is no one living here Y The one that is comingthey baptized their new series for Netflix with this title because it addressed issues related to masculinity or perhaps also to provoke the public.

It was a way of testing him, of attracting him to the content from the prejudiced rejection of the concept it reflects or from the reactionary complicity of those who miss the claim of the most basic testosterone in the face of terms so widely used today as “new masculinities”. , “care” and “affective responsibility”.

The surprise is to see the naturalness with which the Caballeros delve into such mined terrain and so prone to overanalysis, downplaying its seriousness and offering a comedy centered on jokes.

“The abolition of patriarchy is coming. In the midst of a masculinity crisis, four forty-year-old friends are losing their throne, privileges and identity. Years ago they would have been alpha males in charge of their relationships, their work and their lives… but they have had to live in the era of equality”, reads the synopsis. And, after watching the first episodes, the surprise is to see the naturalness with which the Caballero brothers delve into such mined terrain and so prone to overanalysis, downplaying its seriousness and offering a comedy centered on jokes.

Fernando Gil, for example, plays a primitive television director who, when the channel decides to replace him with a woman after his latest fiascos, goes into a rage. Fele Martínez is a local policeman content with his life who suddenly discovers that he has a very sexually unsatisfied woman. Raúl Tejón is a man who, while he has a regular lover with whom he sleeps, feels hurt when his girlfriend asks him to open the relationship. And Gorka Otxoa is a single father who misses the tyrant of his ex, with a somewhat psychopathic attitude.

Pedro (Fernando Gil) loses his job and Daniela (María Hervás) takes the reins, becoming an ‘influencer’.

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Opposite these men, María Hervás as the woman trying to reinvent herself as an influencer after her husband’s dismissal; Raquel Guerrero is the wife who asks for more passion in marriage, that having had children does not mean that she does not have some needs; Kira Miró is a therapist disenchanted with traditional relationships after dealing with so many separation processes; and Paula Gallego is the daughter who tries to match her father through applications so that she forgets her mother.

It is a work that, while agreeing with feminism, also jokes about these principles and without the need to convert the male and female cast between good and evil. You only have to see the character of Fele Martínez. Isn’t it ironic that women’s empowerment of hers entails demanding sex from her? And isn’t it interesting to see Otxoa with practically post-traumatic stress from a marriage with a toxic woman?

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It is a joy to see that the Knights, when entering the world of streaming, do not make some of the usual mistakes of creators: taking themselves too seriously, lowering comedy to introduce dramatic principles as if they were synonymous with quality, or control the duration of the episodes.

Luz (Kira Miró) proposes opening the relationship, tired of seeing that the traditional formula has such a high failure rate (and that she wants to have it all).

Luz (Kira Miró) proposes opening the relationship, tired of seeing that the traditional formula has such a high failure rate (and that she wants to have it all).

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In fact, they use it to their advantage. After living in the dictatorship of the open that forced them to write comedy episodes of about an hour, they indulge in the whim of writing installments of less than 40 minutes, which maximizes the pace and fun without getting tired. And, since they do not fall into the histrionics of The one that is comingcontribute with alpha males a comedy that fulfills its purpose: that the public laugh at the times in which we live.

You can offer somewhat chewed-up concepts to the audience, aware that a sector of your audience are alpha males and relatives, but at least they will not have to feel instructive, since the joke is always above all else and the script, which assumes what pathetic of the characters, he also shows some empathy for them.

‘Machos Alfa’: The creators of ‘La que se avecina’ do not abandon the joke when moving to Netflix