The anticipation has been killing me; I was a devoted fan of Sons of Anarchy for seven wonderful years so the announcement of a spin-off was extremely exciting. Though Kurt Sutter attempted to steamroll a different kind of show immediately after Sons of Anarchy, it seemed that his devoted fans were still craving the drama that came from a biker club story. Though The Bastard Executioner fell short in terms of viewership, there is no denying that Kurt is a genius storyteller and after watching the Pilot episode of Mayans MC, it feels like Kurt Sutter may be on to something once again.
Though familiar, this show provides a different narrative; the story comes at you through the eyes of a Prospect. EZ Reyes (played by J.D. Pardo, who is soon-to-be a leading man) is the brother of a Mayans member and is attempting to join the notorious motorcycle club. While Mayans MC is a stand-alone show, you’ll find it difficult to not compare it to Sons of Anarchy. So here is where I should say that although Sons of Anarchy immediately had me investing in the characters, I found myself too lost in the storyline to invest in any of the characters that were introduced.
The Pilot episode provided a lot of story while not investing too much time on one character so I found myself trying to constantly keep-up (I may just be slower than most). Not to say that this is a bad thing, but it could make it difficult for someone who didn’t come from the Sons of Anarchy world to keep wanting to come back. I fear that they may have given us too much, without giving away any spoilers (because I am a kind human being) it feels like they’ve given us every conflict the characters may face this season, in the first episode. Which may not be a terrible thing but only time will tell.
Kurt Sutter brought in Latino filmmaker Elgin James to co-write the series and the addition of Latino voices in the writer’s room definitely showed within the first episode. There is a special kind of happiness that happens in my heart when I hear Spanish being spoken in an English-speaking show and Mayans MC is blending the two languages in a beautiful way. So often is Spanish or Spanglish used as a punch-line on TV shows that it sounds absolutely refreshing when you can relate to the easy flow between the two languages being spoken between characters. It’s something so small and so absolutely trivial but it completely makes a difference when watching a TV show with characters that look like you.
As a Pilot episode, “Perro” did its absolute job; it gave me enough story to keep coming back for more and though the characters haven’t given me enough I’m confident that I’ll be invested in no time. If you happened to stumble into this show without the back story of Sons of Anarchy, I urge you to stick around because very rarely does Kurt Sutter disappoint. One thing’s for sure, I need someone to teach me how to ride a motorcycle because I’ll definitely be along for the rest of this ride.
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