After one episode, I'd pretty much given up on this show. Just wasn't in the mood for "MORE Stallone" after watching a few of his productions during the pandemic, great as they were/are. Plus, all the drama surrounding his near-divorce from Jennifer Flavin had me feeling rather blue and disappointed, and I didn't quite wanna get into all that personal drama from his head.
But last night I tripped back in and watched Episode 2 (which was a few degrees better than 1, but not by much), then 3, and have now seen the trailer for Episode 4.
In all honesty, it's becoming great. Episode 3 is a real turning point with new characters, a deeper backstory, and a sense of energy and spirit that was missing from 1 and 2.
Yellowstone jumped the shark, but Mayor of Kingstown is still rockin' in Season 2, and now Tulsa King is starting to sparkle and shine, so I'm in it to win it! Do join me if you haven't given up altogether on Taylor Sheridan's ecosystem and view of the world.
It's very reductionist and testosterone-fueled-and-filled, but sometimes that's just what the doctor ordered: "Watch it burn." Like in Sicario, Wind River, and all the rest of his best.
Tulsa King has gangs now, and turfs, and heretofore unseen power structures and land mines, plus, Stallone's character went and made some friends who are fast-becoming his motley crew, so the boring ol' street block ain't feelin' nearly so lonely, dead-end, or one-note as before.
Battle axes up, 'cause it's West Side Story in Tulsatown!