Suburræterna

Suburræterna

TV-MA

netflix

There’s no escaping family, or franchise renewal, in this complex but compelling mafia spin-off series

7.5

TV Show

Italian
Crime, Drama
2023
Carlotta Antonelli, Federica Sabatini, Federigo Ceci

TLDR

Endings are temporary, media franchise renewal is forever. But it makes sense for a world where survival means violence, begets further violence.

What it's about

Chaos rules over Rome as power clashes involving the mafia, politicians, and even the Vatican have been exposed. With the unstable climate, Cinaglia takes up Samurai’s legacy, while Spadino decides to return home to seize control of the Anacleti clan.

The take

After the ending of the show Suburra: Blood on Rome, it had seemed like there was nowhere else for the franchise to go, with plenty of the main cast dead. But after three years, the world of Suburra is back on Netflix in Suburræterna, and despite the chaos that reigns in Rome, there are still opportunistic survivors circling over remaining scraps of control. One survivor is Spadino Anacleti, who, after he had left for a more tolerant Berlin, is now forced to return home, with no other suitable heir for the family. While new viewers might be lost with the names referencing previous characters, fans of the franchise would enjoy the way Suburræterna unfolds, as the Suburra story, inspired by the real life Mafia Capitale, takes on a life of its own.

What stands out

The Suburra media franchise is considered to be “Italy’s answer to Narcos”, complete with a similar gay mobster with Spadino Anacleti mirroring Narcos’ drug trafficker Helmer Herrera. The previous Suburra show is actually the first Italian television series to feature a gay Sinti mobster, and his dynamic with Aureliano was thankfully free from plenty of the LGBT stereotypes we’re familiar with. With this in mind, it’s great that it hasn’t stopped the team from making Spadino the primary main character of Suburræterna, but it’s not surprising, with Giacomo Ferrara’s continued excellent portrayal, and considering the events of Season 3. As the new head honcho, it would be intriguing to see how Spadino would take revenge for his family, but it would also be intriguing to see how he balances this duty with the part of himself he repressed for so long.

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