Review: Cable Girls (Las Chicas del Cable), season 5, part 1

The cable girls

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.

Denisse Peña in Cable Girls (Las Chicas del Cable)
Sofia had a heart condition and no business trying to fight in a war

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.

Blanca Suárez in Cable Girls (Las Chicas del Cable)
Lidia made dangerous, impulsive decisions as she chased after Sofia.

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.

Ana Fernández and Ana Polvorosa in Cable girls
Oscar is deeply humiliated when the Nationalists take control of Madrid.

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.

Blanca Suárez and Martiño Rivas in Cable Girls
Let me speak to Eva.

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.

Ana Polvorosa, Nadia de Santiago, and Ana Fernández in Cable Girls (Las Chicas del Cable)
Okay, gang, what are our options?

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.

Ana Polvorosa, Nadia de Santiago, and Ana Fernández in Cable Girls (Las Chicas del Cable)
It’s a funeral. But, wait a minute . . .

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.

Blanca Suárez in Cable Girls (Las chicas Del Cable)
OMG, the final twist was the worst ever.

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?

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Author: Virginia DeBolt

After many years as an educator and writer, Virginia finally retired from working life. She's always loved a good movie or TV show and wants to use her free time to talk about them with you now. She's Old Ain't Dead!

12 thoughts on “Review: Cable Girls (Las Chicas del Cable), season 5, part 1”

  1. Season 5 of this is so cornball I was so excited to see this now i dnt even feel like watching it no suspension everything is happening to fast no mystery

    1. Omqq I’m done I can’t believe this really Carlos ? How a perfect show go down the drain right before my eyes Extremely disappointed!

  2. I was so angry at the end! Then my daughter informed me that it was just the 1st half of last season. Huge sigh of relief. I’m not digging the war years but definitely looking forward to the rest of the last season. I think it’ll be great.

    1. This series is known for it’s terrifying cliffhangers. But the next part of the season is it, the end. So the writers will probably try to tidy up the storylines and give the fans a sense of closure for the final goodbye.

  3. I love the story line and characters. Is Lydia’s love triangle over? Oh, no please bring back CarlosLooking forward to part 2.

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