If you’re going to live the outlaw life. Prepare for consequences.
That’s what all of the characters of Mayans MC are beginning to experience as we reach the halfway mark of this first season of Mayans MC, and things are getting tense.
With the kidnapping of her only child Emily Thomas (Sarah Bolger), the wife of formidable Mexican Cartel leader Miguel Galindo (Danny Pino) has seen her world thrown upside down. Done with the idea of waiting for a miracle to unfold she’s now ready to get dirty and it’s a choice that leads to plenty of uneasy moments in this brand new episode.
While the narrative of Mayans MC is firmly placed on the character of EZ Reyes (J.D. Pardo) “Murciélago/Zotz”, the fourth episode of Mayans MC opens up the world of the outlaw club and this new wild west that they operate in. Their town of Santo Padre is right on the California/Mexico border and some dangerous new players have arrived on the scene packing plenty of white hate and some high-powered rifles. And Bishop (Michael Irby) and his brothers aren’t ready to let this stand.
And here we have the set up for a dangerous confrontation that is going to have some long standing consequences for both the Mayans and Santo Padre.
When a television series engages in social commentary it’s always an exciting development, but when a pair of showrunners such as Kurt Sutter and Elgin James engage in it the issues are heightened both politically and visually. You only have to turn on the news to see Americans at each others throats over things such as race, religion and politics and Mayans MC absolutely goes there with “Murciélago/Zotz”. Narratively it’s an interesting move, but more importantly it really grounds the series in a contemporary reality that we all have an understanding about and reaction to.
We’re now at the halfway mark with Mayans MC and the powder keg is building.
One thing I’ve come to expect with this series is that even more so than Sons of Anarchy the twists keep coming and the shock keeps mounting. Every time you think you know where this series is going, it complete does a 360 and you’re left thinking ‘what the hell just happened here’. That’s especially true of this episode and the choices of the characters make here will have major consequences for their journeys ahead. This is most evident for both EZ and Emily, the former star-crossed lovers who were torn from each other by tragedy and who will have to live with the actions of the dark and sinister underground world they now live in.
Where we go to next I have no idea, but I do know one that one thing is certain…no one will leave this world unscarred.
Mayans MC will premiere new episodes every Wednesday at 9.30pm on SOHO and Neon.