It’s only fitting that Money Heist Season 1 Episode 1 opens with a heist — though admittedly it’s far from a great one. In Bogotá, Colombia, in 1992, four men in white coveralls turn over a museum with all the sweeping camera work and dramatic dun-dun-dun music you’d expect. But the job’s a disaster. On their way out, the men are accosted by a security guard and a shootout ensues. One of their numbers is shot dead. Keep reading for more details.
Money Heist Season 1 Episode 1: Recap
Eight thieves take hostages and lock themselves in the Royal Mint of Spain as a criminal mastermind manipulates the police to carry out his plan.
Part 1 begins with the aftermath of a failed bank robbery by a woman named “Tokyo”, as a man named the “Professor” saves her from being caught by the police and proposes her a heist of drastic proportions.
After a brief outline of the planned heist, the story jumps to the beginning of a multi-day assault on the Royal Mint of Spain in Madrid.
The eight robbers are code-named after cities: Tokyo, Moscow, Berlin, Nairobi, Rio, Denver, Helsinki and Oslo.
Dressed in red jumpsuits with a mask of the Spanish painter Salvador Dalí, the group of robbers take 67 hostages as part of their plan to print and escape with €2.4 billion through a self-built escape tunnel.
The Professor heads the heist from an external location.
Flashbacks throughout the series show the five months of preparation in an abandoned hunting estate in the Toledo countryside; the robbers are not to share personal information nor engage in personal relationships, and the assault shall be without bloodshed.
Set in Madrid, a mysterious man known as “The Professor” recruits a group of eight people, who choose cities for code-names, to carry out an ambitious plan that involves entering the Royal Mint of Spain, and escaping with €2.4 billion.
After taking 67 people hostage inside the Mint, the team plans to remain inside for 11 days to print the money as they deal with elite police forces.
In the events succeeding the initial heist, the group are forced out of hiding and find themselves preparing for a second heist, this time on the Bank of Spain, as they again deal with hostages and police forces.
Money Heist: Production Crew
Money Heist Season 1 Episode 1 (Spanish: La casa de papel, “The House of Paper”) is a Spanish heist crime drama television series created by Álex Pina.
The series traces two long-prepared heists led by the Professor (Álvaro Morte), one on the Royal Mint of Spain, and one on the Bank of Spain.
The narrative is told in a real-time-like fashion and relies on flashbacks, time-jumps, hidden character motivations, and an unreliable narrator for complexity.
The series subverts the heist genre by being told from the perspective of a woman, Tokyo (Úrsula Corberó), and having a strong Spanish identity, where emotional dynamics offset the perfect strategic crime.
The series was initially intended as a limited series to be told in two parts. It had its original run of 15 episodes on Spanish network Antena 3 from 2 May 2017 through 23 November 2017.
Netflix acquired global streaming rights in late 2017. It re-cut the series into 22 shorter episodes and released them worldwide, beginning with the first part on 20 December 2017, followed by the second part on 6 April 2018.
In April 2018, Netflix renewed the series with a significantly increased budget for 16 new episodes total. Part 3, with eight episodes, was released on 19 July 2019.
Part 4, also with eight episodes, was released on 3 April 2020.
A documentary involving the producers and the cast premiered on Netflix the same day, titled Money Heist: The Phenomenon (Spanish: La casa de Papel: El Fenómeno).
In July 2020, Netflix renewed the show for a fifth and final part. The series was filmed in Madrid, Spain. Significant portions of parts 3 and 4 were also filmed in Panama, Thailand, and Italy (Florence).
The series received several awards including Best Drama Series at the 46th International Emmy Awards, as well as critical acclaim for its sophisticated plot, interpersonal dramas, direction, and for trying to innovate Spanish television.
The Italian anti-fascist song “Bella ciao,” which plays multiple times throughout the series, became a summer hit across Europe in 2018.
By 2018, the series was the most-watched non-English language series and one of the most-watched series overall on Netflix, with a particular resonance coming from viewers from Mediterranean Europe and the Latin American world.
Money Heist Season: Cast and characters
Úrsula Corberó as Silene Oliveira (Tokyo): a runaway robber who is scouted by the Professor to participate in his plan; she also acts as an unreliable narrator.
Álvaro Morte as Sergio Marquina (The Professor) / Salvador “Salva” Martín: the mastermind of the heist who assembled the group, and Berlin’s younger brother.
Itziar Ituño as Raquel Murillo (Lisbon): an inspector of the National Police Corps who is put in charge of the case until she joins the group in part 3.
Pedro Alonso as Andrés de Fonollosa (Berlin): a terminally ill jewel thief and the Professor’s second-in-command and older brother.
Paco Tous as Agustín Ramos (Moscow; parts 1–2; featured parts 3–4): a former miner turned criminal and Denver’s father.
Alba Flores as Ágata Jiménez (Nairobi): an expert in counterfeiting and forgery, in charge of printing the money and oversaw the smelting of gold.
Miguel Herrán as Aníbal Cortés (Rio): a young hacker.
Jaime Lorente as Ricardo / Daniel[b] Ramos (Denver): Moscow’s son who joins him in the heist.
Esther Acebo as Mónica Gaztambide (Stockholm): one of the hostages who is Arturo Román’s secretary and mistress, carrying his child out of wedlock. During the robbery, she falls in love with Denver and becomes an accomplice to the group.
Enrique Arce as Arturo Román: a hostage and the former Director of the Royal Mint of Spain.
María Pedraza as Alison Parker (parts 1–2): a hostage and daughter of the British ambassador to Spain.
Darko Perić as Mirko Dragic (Helsinki): a veteran Serbian soldier and Oslo’s cousin.
Kiti Mánver as Mariví Fuentes (parts 1–2; featured parts 3–4): Raquel’s mother.
Hovik Keuchkerian as Bogotá (parts 3–present): an expert in metallurgy who joins the robbery of the Bank of Spain.
Rodrigo de la Serna as Martín Berrote (Palermo / The Engineer; parts 3–present): an old Berlin’s Argentine friend who planned the robbery of the Bank of Spain with him and assumed his place as commanding officer.
Najwa Nimri as Alicia Sierra (parts 3–present): a pregnant inspector of the National Police Corps put in charge of the case after Raquel departed from the force.
Luka Peroš as Marseille (part 4–present; featured part 3): a member of the gang who joins the robbery of the Bank of Spain.
Belén Cuesta as Julia (Manila; part 4–present; featured part 3): godchild of Moscow and Denver’s childhood friend. She is a trans woman who joins the gang and poses as one of the hostages during the robbery of the Bank of Spain.
Fernando Cayo as Colonel Luis Tamayo (part 4–present; featured part 3): a member of the Spanish Intelligence who oversees Alicia’s work on the case.
Money Heist season 5 release date
Money Heist season five took its sweet time in getting greenlit, but as one of the most popular Netflix series in the world – it was ranked #2 in the UK on April 6, 2020 – it was always doubtful that the streamer would pull the plug on an incomplete narrative.
“It’s pure rock’n’roll,” said Álvaro Morte, aka the Professor (via the Guardian). “Once you see the first chapter of the show, you are lost in it.”
Fans waited just under nine months between seasons three and four of Money Heist. If season five had followed the same pattern, we might have been back at the bank by the end of 2020.
On March 15, 2020, however, Netflix paused production on all its original series for two weeks due to the ongoing pandemic.
But the cast and crew are now back in action, according to reports.
There’s no word yet on when we can expect it, but this year is a possibility, potentially October, barring any disasters.
Netflix has revealed who we can expect to see in season five, and there are some new faces joining the gang.
Miguel Ángel Silvestre (Sky Rojo, Sense 8) and Patrick Criado (Goya award nominee for La gran familia española, Vivir sin permiso) have been confirmed as new additions to the ensemble.
Returning actors also confirmed for the new series include: Úrsula Corberó (Tokyo), Álvaro Morte (The Professor) , Itziar Ituño (Lisbon), Miguel Herrán (Rio), Jaime Lorente (Denver), Esther Acebo (Stockholm), Enrique Arce (Arturo), Darko Peric (Helsinki), Hovik Keuchkerian (Bogotá), Luka Peros (Marseille), Belén Cuesta (Manila), Fernando Cayo (Coronel Tamayo), Rodrigo de la Serna (Palermo), Najwa Nimri (Inspector Sierra), José Manuel Poga (Gandía), and Pedro Alonso (Berlín).
Speaking of Berlin, showrunner Álex Pina claimed that top bosses wanted him to kill off that character.
“I said I had no intention of taking him out of the series,” said Pina in Money Heist: The Phenomenon (via Hindustan Times). “Someone said to me, ‘This character doesn’t fit with the times. You should take him out of the series.'”
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