Premiere Date: 4 September 2018Average Runtime: 60 MinutesGenres: Drama, CrimeNetwork: FXLanguage: English, SpanishFanRating: 7.0/10
The successor of one of the biggest hits in the history of FX, Sons of Anarchy, Mayans M.C. follows Ezekiel Reyes who is a former convict who returns to his hometown with a new outlook on life. He becomes a gangster and falls deeper into the world of crime.
After a huge misfire with the medieval fantasy The Bastard Executioner which failed to gather any fan following, creator Kurt Sutter has returned to his age old familiar territory with Mayans M.C., a spin-off set in the Sons universe, but focusing on a different club’s charter, located on the California/Mexico border.
The protagonist, Ezekiel “EZ” Reyes, a Mayans prospect was once a promising college student but fell into the world of crime by killing a police officer, details of which are finished off as loose ends during the first episode of this series. He cut a deal which allowed him less jail time but mandated him to become an inside informer.
The most frustrating aspect of Mayans is that none of the supporting characters come across as more than vaguely defined archetypes. It’s a big cast, and it’s no sin if not everyone pops at first but that nobody stands out early on is worrisome.
By the end of the premiere, we are left with a heap of lose ends and it becomes a tad difficult for a guy like me to appreciate this without having watched Sons of Anarchy before this.