If you liked detective shows like The Rockford Files, Murder She Wrote, or newer ones like True Detective or Sherlock, Netflix has a new one from Mexico called Bellas Quran. It’s out now, but is it worth watching? The show’s aesthetics are awesome; I mean, the production builds out the world of the late 1970s with these orangish brown leather jackets and wide collars and then a heavy reliance on the newspaper to deliver information, and the show jumps right into the mystery and then takes a quick moment to show us how Quran gets into private detecting. Now, this isn’t a major plot point, but it’s a nice touch.
The mysteries are interesting and dark, but they’re never so dark that the show feels like it’s about seven murders. Murder, kidnapping, corruption, and blackmail are all part of the mysteries, and they’re all developed enough to be intriguing. I also like that the endings aren’t obvious right away. Instead, the show keeps the mystery going for a while, giving us time to put together the pieces along with Bella.
Luis Gerardo Mendez plays Bellas Quran, and he really grew on me in a quick way. His inquisitiveness and positivity make him endearing, and then he comes across as an everyman who’s using just his natural Skillet observation and problem-solving skills to work the cases Bella Scleran is the main character, but there are also a few sidekicks. His sister is an activist and a professor, so she can help him with information and connections.
He also shares an office with a plumber, and I love how they interact with each other. It’s friendly and jokingly antagonistic because they rib each other, but they also work well together, and most of the time their verbal sparring is really funny. Bella Scleron also meets someone she likes, and they make a great couple, especially with their witty banter. As the show went on, I was surprised by how much danger the characters were in.
The stakes kept getting higher, and in some scenes, it felt like bad things could really happen to some of the players. Each of the three-hour episodes has its own mystery and arc, but there is also an overarching storyline. There are also some great titles and visual effects used throughout the show. Most of the time, they’re used in a subtle way.
For example, when Bello Skran is walking down the street, he’s thinking about some photos that are part of his ongoing case. These photos are stuck on the wall behind him like old signs as he walks, and they just add to what he’s saying and fit in with the style.
There are other times when on-screen graphics will show some animations. I give the first season of Belos Quran four and a half couches out of five. Do you like detective stories? If so, which one do you like the most? My favourite will be Luther with Idris Elba, but there are so many good ones out there.