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- Apr 4, 2017
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Yellowstone was the Paramount Network’s premiere cable TV show, bringing in quite a sizable audience and some great critical attention as well. I remember being hooked with the first season and was curious if season 2 of the show could keep up with the great writing that Taylor Sheridan (Sicario) was putting out. So many times 2nd year shows can drop the ball a bit after a stellar 1st year (usually shows with great first years have mediocre 2nds, while those with “decent” first year starts can pick up the next year). Well, I’m happy to say that season 2 hits the ground running and actually surpasses the stellar first season with a series of episodes that rival shows like The Wire and The Shield with their hard hitting power.
The gritty storytelling of The Godfather meets Montana ranching continues on as controlling patriarch John Dutton (Kevin Costner) and his adult children wage war against the Indian casinos that are trying to take over the land that they have rightfully held onto for generations. However, outsiders may play the role of strongest enemies this year, with various factions moving into the Montana area and vying for what they think of as easy pickings. With cattle dead and dying, the commanding Dutton family begins their own investigation that will lead them down a path that will alter their relationships and lives forever.
Sleazy businessman Malcolm Beck (Neal McDonough) tries to make a deal with the cattle rancher, but is ultimately rebuffed, causing old rivals like Dan Jenkins (Danny Huston) to resurface and pick at old wounds. No one is safe in this war for land and power, as everyone seems to want what the Dutton’s have, and John Dutton is not about to let his reign come to an end, no matter if even the innocent, such as Kayce Dutton’s young child, are put in the cross hairs.
Beth and her relationship with Rip (Cole Hauser) comes up much more often in season 2, adding a more human element to Beth, as Rip’s laid back personality is the perfect counter balance to Beth’s powerful swath that she cuts. Make no mistake, while everyone is human on this show, there are so many different shades of greys, blacks and whites that it’s very difficult to gauge who is really the villains, and who are the true heroes in the show. A facet that makes delving into the 2nd season so exciting.
Rated TV-MA by the MPAA
• Inside Yellowstone: Season 2
• Costner on Yellowstone: Season 2
• Working the Yellowstone: Fight Choreography - Exclusive!
• Only Devils Left - Making Yellowstone: Season 2 - Exclusive!
• Yellowstone Tintype Photography Behind the Scenes
• Stories from the Bunkhouse for each episode
• Deleted Scenes - Exclusive!
Yellowstone is truly one of those special TV shows right now. It’s a compelling drama, a gritty tale of power and land out in the new west, and it’s just filled with incredible performances. I really liked last year’s freshman season, but season 2 took the show to a whole new level. The series is a must watch at this point in time if you’re a fan of compelling dramas, and this is the Paramount Network’s premiere show right now for a very good reason. The Blu-ray looks phenomenal, sounds good, and even has a decent set of extras to go along with it too! And to make it sweeter, Amazon (at the moment of this review on 11/5/19) has a $5.00 off coupon for the show making it below $20 for a day and date release! Definitely check it out.
Starring: Kevin Costner, Luke Grimes, Cole Hauser, Kelsey Asbille, Kelly Reilly, Wes Bentley, Neal McDonough
Created by: John Linson, Taylor Sheridan
Aspect Ratio: 2.00:1 AVC
Audio: English: Dolby TrueHD 5.1
Subtitles: English SDH
Runtime: 460 Minutes
Blu-ray Release Date: November 5th, 2019
Recommendation: Great Watch