Life ain’t gonna get any easier for EZ Reyes and now the young prospect finds himself fully immersed in the life of the outlaw world of the Mayans and its deadly secrets.
Episode Two of Mayans MC, “Escorpión/Dzec”, starts off with a bang and its shocking implications are going to rip this story wide open. It was an opening that had me in shock and I knew that things were only about to get worse as the infant child of Miguel Galindo (Danny Pino), kingpin of the Galindo Cartel and his American wife Emily (Sarah Bolger) is taken from before her eyes in a violent kidnapping that was supposed to inspire fear within the Galindo Cartel.
And the total opposite happened.
Put it this way it’s never wise to try and stab the devil in the back…because he’ll come looking for you and he’ll have a chainsaw in his hands when he does.
Its this single action that will have serious ramifications not only for the Galindo Cartel, but also for the Mayans, both with their business agreement as hired muscle for the Cartel, along with wannabe rebel Angel Reyes (Clayton Cardenas) who has decided to play both sides off against each other and who has enlisted EZ to help him do it. Stuck in the middle of all of this is EZ who has his own ties to Emily and whose background we also get to explore further in this episode.
Again J.D. Pardo is a complete class act and EZ’s tragic backstory is brought further into the light as we watch what turned him from All-American boy to gangland prospect and its going to be heavy on the heart break.
One of the most moving moments of the show was a meeting between EZ and Emily and you can just feel the uneasy tension that wavers between these former lovers. Between them there’s a shared understanding that they’ll never escape this dark world that they’ve now both found themselves in and that its unwritten laws will test them to the bone.
Along with Pardo’s performance I’ve also got to give it to Danny Pino who gives a dangerous, yet complicated performance as Miguel Galindo, the heir apparent to the Galindo Cartel. While he’s played off as an astute businessman, we first saw the inklings of a calculating psychopath in Episode One, and with the loss of his child he’s really about to embrace his inner monster. While you could sort of feel that he had the makings of a stone cold gangster in Episode One, Pino totally embraces it in Episode Two and he’s ready to burn all of Mexico if it means getting his son back.
Yes things do get crazy in “Escorpión/Dzec” and I think we’re only at the starting point of what will continue to be a very dark and dangerous new television experience.
Mayans MC will premiere new episodes every Wednesday at 9.30pm on SOHO and Neon.