DMZ ’is a dystopian drama series developed by Roberto Patino. It is based on a comic book series of the same name and is set in a non-military version of Manhattan Island. It revolves around NYC doctor Alma Ortega, who finds himself embroiled in a power struggle within the DMZ while searching for his long-lost son. The interesting story explores a variety of complex themes such as local politics, family dynamics, and personal status.
As Alma’s quest for his son continues, he is miraculously present in the ongoing power struggle in the DMZ. As the parties reach their conclusion, the whole political climate of the DMZ changes dramatically.
DMZ Season 1: Synopsis
‘In the DMZ,’ the Second American Civil War created a conflict between the United States Army and the Free States of America, a separating group. As a result, the island of Manhattan plunged into a quagmire where the two armies decided to end the fighting. A few residents left the island, but many stayed behind and built their own civilization in Manhattan. At the time of the release, Alma Ortega, a doctor, parted ways with his son, Christian.
Nearly eight years later, the state of the world at DMZ has changed. There is local politics, and the country is looking forward to its first independent election. Amidst political uncertainty, Alma decides to join the DMZ in search of and reunite with her son. After entering the DMZ, Alma visits the hospital where she worked. You quickly get into serious political conflicts. She meets his old friend, Wilson, who has become a local leader in the DMZ after earning a lot of gold.
Wilson runs the governor against Harlem’s Spanish governor Parco Delgado. Soon, Alma realizes that Parco’s right-hand man, Skel, is her son, Christian. In fact, Parco is the boy’s father and ex-Alma. Alma tries to reconnect with Skel, but she denies it, saying she was always on the move. Instead, Parco gives him the freedom to own it.
After a bitter conversation with Skel, Alma decides to bring down Parco by helping Wilson win the election. However, an argument comes to the fore after Wilson set a trap to kill Skel for stealing his gold. Parco takes the opportunity to attack Wilson. To stop Parco and his evil DMZ intentions, Alma, under the nickname Zee, replaces Wilson as a candidate against Parco. Family bonds and loyalty are tested as the election results draw to a close.
DMZ Season 1 Ending:
Finally, the election is in jeopardy after Wilson’s death. Although Parco was expected to win, Wilson changed the election by the end of the election. However, the election saga sees another change after Wilson’s death as Alma / Zee decides to replace Wilson. Zee was supported by Oona, a woman who controls the city’s water supply. In addition, she understands the dangers of DMZ citizens, which makes him a strong candidate.
Parco, on the other hand, is unsure of his victory and makes a tough game. It has been revealed that Parco has entered into an agreement with the US Army to instigate the FSA. Thus, the suspension of the shooting will end, and US troops will be able to officially attack the DMZ and take control. Next, they will recognize the Parco government. Alma finds the spirit of Parco’s strategy and decides to stop him.
With the help of Skel, she arrives just in time to stop Odi, and Parco reassures him that she is going to detonate a bomb. After ensuring the child’s safety, Skel fights Parco. He defeats and catches Parco, thus completing his scheme. Alma and Skel reconcile after surrendering Parco to the army. Alma confirms the safe path of Skel and his girlfriend, who leave DMZ behind in search of a new life.
Eventually, Alma becomes the new ruler of the DMZ and delivers a moving discourse. She decides to end the workforce at DMZ and hopes to create a more cohesive society. Following Alma’s speech, the US Army withdraws from the DMZ, saying that the area is now a free zone. Therefore, the responsibility now lies with Alma to lead DMZ to a better tomorrow.
In the first episode, viewers discover that Alma was separated from her son, Christian, who grew up with her father, Parco, under Skel’s name on the DMZ. After Alma pursues Parco, he reveals that Alma did not abandon him, but fled at his own will. With Parco, Skel is still a strong and confident man. However, Parco tricks Skel into being his fan and making his dirty request. What Skel sees as control and freedom is a delusion as Parco pulls the strings of his son’s life.
However, in the end, Skel finally regains consciousness and realizes that his father only cares about his own agenda. Moreover, Parco is determined to do whatever it takes to achieve his goals. In the end, Parco sets Odi, the youngest boy, to help him detonate a bomb that will end a shooting suspension. Skkel sees the conversation between Parco and Odi. Skkel sees himself in young Odi and realizes that Parco is using Odi to make his dirty request, just as Parco has been doing with him.
So Skel realizes that his mother is telling the truth and decides to help her. After helping Alma, Skkel chooses to leave DMZ. Alma realizes that neither she nor Parco was able to provide the freedom that their son needed. So, Alma encourages Skel to go on and seek real identity outside of DMZ.