Cable Girls (Las Chicas del Cable) released the first part of season 5 – episodes 1-5 – on Valentine’s Day 2020. The remaining 7 episodes of the final season will come later in the year.
We’ve advanced to 1939 when Cable Girls (Las Chicas del Cable) starts again. That’s the last year of the Spanish Civil War. Lidia (Blanca Suárez) and Francisco (Yon González) have been living in New York with Lidia’s daughter Eva and their dear departed friend Ángeles’ daughter Sofia (Denisse Peña), who is now almost an adult.
The season begins with Sofia running off to Spain to fight in the war. That won’t do, and Lidia chases after her to bring her home.
The five episodes in this part of season 5 take us through Lidia’s efforts to get Sofia back home, some war related scenes, and ends with the fall of Madrid, which marked the end of the war.
As soon as Lidia got to Spain she reunited with Marga (Nadia de Santiago) and Pablo (Nico Romero) who were working in what used to be the telephone company building. Carlota (Ana Fernández) and Oscar (Ana Polvorosa) worked together as journalists.
The old friends joined in the effort to find Sofia. They visited everyone they knew with influence and connections, including their old friend Victoria (Kiti Mánver) and an American journalist (Alex Hafner). The American became quite friendly and helpful and a major character in the story.
And. And. They went to Carlos (Martiño Rivas) for help. He was a soldier now. He was not glad to see Lidia. She was not glad to see him. They struggled over access to Eva, who is his daughter.
Everyone they asked for help wanted something. They had to be bribed or blackmailed or outsmarted. Each decision and choice led further into danger and further into the war zone.
Every act of every episode came with a twist and a surprise. When we reached the end of episode 5, everyone’s life was upended. Nobody knew what would happen next.
Some of the characters ended episode 5 in a happy place, some in utter hell. Plenty of cliffhangers keep you holding on for the final part of the final season.
I love the fierce independence of the women, I love their unbreakable bonds of friendship. The largely female cast is always a big draw and each of the women are well-developed and given room to grow and be.
I did grow weary of the always present voice-overs from Lidia this season. It was almost like an endless diary of her thoughts overlaid on the action. It was overdone, I thought.
Are you a fan of Cable Girls (Las Chicas del Cable), as I am? Will you be watching the final season?