“What do we want?”
“Latin representation on television”
“When do we want it?”
Consider me ecstatic when I found out that NETFLIX had created their first Mexican original show. Club de Cuervos was a wonderful surprise. I mean, sure, at first the idea of a TV show centered around Soccer sounded like something I would absolutely hate but it took me DAYS to binge-watch the first season. (If you’re really quiet you can hear my father screaming about the fact that I’m finally watching something involving soccer.)
The show stars Luis Gerardo Mendez and Mariana Treviño, it centers around a brother and sister (who don’t get along) that inherit a soccer team when their father passes away. The series follows the ups and downs of the soccer world, while slowly (very slowly) nurturing a brother and sister relationship.
Club de Cuervos lasted for 5 wonderful seasons and though a comedy, found its way right to my emotional heart immediately. The comedic timing on this show was to be admired and every single character added to each scene, but it was Luis Gerardo Mendez and Mariana Treviño as Salvador Iglesias and Isabel Iglesias that beautifully and emotionally navigated their complicated relationship on screen.
It could be that the yelling and the fighting reminded me of the weekly interactions with my brother, it could be that they layered every difficult and very real topic with the kind of laugh-at-loud comedy that makes everything feel better; but there is no denying that Club de Cuervos created five seasons of original magic.
Though a comedy at heart, the series dealt with daily struggles that are often swept under the rug: infidelity, not wanting children, sexual liberation for women and discussions around the LGBTQ community. The Mexican community is notorious for avoiding topics that absolutely must be discussed, so to present the topics wrapped in a layer of comedy feels like the perfect way to introduce conversations into the Mexican household.
The show got a lot of things right, the first one being casting Mariana Treviño as Isabel Iglesias.
Isabel Iglesias was layered; she was complicated, she was flawed, she was loving and hateful and strong all at once. The character development felt timely and appropriately paced, while at the same time not allowing Isabel’s true essence to falter. Mariana played Isabel with tender vulnerability and the strength needed to get through the most difficult of times.
I found myself relating to Isabel Iglesias over and over again. She made mistakes, plenty of them, and she didn’t always fix them appropriately but her heart and her passion for her team led the way the entire time. I was given five wonderful seasons with Isabel Iglesias, to get to know her, to love her, to laugh with her and to cry with her was a wonderful experience.
Though I’m sad that the journey is over, the ride was absolutely worth it. Club de Cuervos gave me belly laughs, it gave me life lessons, it gave me strong female representation and I am so much better for it.
Isabel Iglesias helped me find the strength in the heartbreaking, she reminded me how worth it fixing my relationship with my brother would be, she allowed me to stand in my truth and she showed the world how absolutely hilarious women can be.
Now excuse me as I go rewatch the entirety of Club de Cuervos all over again.