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Does "Yellowstone" get any better or should I give up?

I've watched Ep. 1 of Season 1 on Peacock.

Kevin Costner and the actress who plays Beth Dutton are good. But I'm not feeling the Indian reservation scenes at all. And that actress who plays Casey's wife is bad.

I was interested in this show because of the mountain scenery and the cutthroat business aspects...but so far it seems soapy, about a disfunctional family? People drinking a lot and throwing shit at each other?

Should I give it another chance?

by Anonymousreply 39January 14, 2022 8:29 PM

It seems to have a largely conservative audience, so I doubt it would be popular on DL.

by Anonymousreply 1January 3, 2022 5:11 PM

I was sceptical at first but I am hooked. Started over the holidays and I marathoned through season one. Starting season 2 now. It is a typical primetime soap opera but with more violence and well acted and produced. I can see why it may not attract a work crowd. Characters are more complex and no in your face virtue signalling even with a touchy subject like the treatment of Native Americans.

I think DL may actually like this as there are no trans or binary characters shoved down one's throat.

One of the leads may or may not be a closet case though.

by Anonymousreply 2January 3, 2022 5:36 PM


by Anonymousreply 3January 3, 2022 5:37 PM

It was good up to this current season (4 I think). The writing is terrible. It’s like watching vignettes rather than a coherent show. Sucks.

by Anonymousreply 4January 3, 2022 5:41 PM

Are there any Trans Women of Color in the cast? If not I won’t watch.

by Anonymousreply 5January 3, 2022 6:03 PM

My sisters love it. I take that to mean it's probably not very good.

by Anonymousreply 6January 3, 2022 6:16 PM

[quote] I was sceptical at first but I am hooked.

Oh, dear!

by Anonymousreply 7January 3, 2022 6:27 PM

I was also skeptical at first. Watched a few of the season 1 episodes and fell off. Went back out of boredom last week when I was off of work and binged all the way through to the end of Season 4. It's totally not my jam, but for some reason I love it. Guess it's the soap opera aspect. Beth is the best character by far.

by Anonymousreply 8January 3, 2022 6:59 PM

The actress who plays Beth is good but Beth is a little scary and crazy at times. I'm not sure if I want to watch that or not.

by Anonymousreply 9January 4, 2022 2:13 AM

R4 that is what I have read about it -- that plot points are started and not followed through on.

by Anonymousreply 10January 4, 2022 2:15 AM

This season definitely saw a decline. Many blame it on the creator/showrunner spreading himself thin with his new series. Or maybe it's always been mediocre and the novelty has worn off.

by Anonymousreply 11January 4, 2022 2:53 AM

Dynasty for Deplorables.

by Anonymousreply 12January 4, 2022 3:35 AM

I keep watching in the hopes of a glimpse of Costner peen.

by Anonymousreply 13January 4, 2022 4:38 AM

Cole Hauser is hot as fuck in this

by Anonymousreply 14January 8, 2022 4:13 AM

[Quote]Kevin Costner and the actress who plays Beth Dutton are good.

Ah, no they're not. The extent of Kevin Costner's acting is using a gravel voice, sniffing at the end of every second sentence and sideways talking. Kelly Reilly is just a poor imitation of Linda Gray as Sue Ellen Ewing. But it is a compelling soap opera. A bit like Dallas or Dynasty but the families behave like mobsters.

by Anonymousreply 15January 8, 2022 4:29 AM

I agree about the Beth character. She is doing her best Sue Ellen buy with none of the pathos. Beth is just plain old unlikeable. I’m not rooting for her and I certainly not rooting for her to end up with Cole Hauser’s character. I want him all to myself.

by Anonymousreply 16January 8, 2022 4:36 AM

[quote] Kelly Reilly is just a poor imitation of Linda Gray as Sue Ellen Ewing.

While I haven’t watched Yellowstone, I have a passing connection to Kelly Reilly. She has been in other historical films (Pride and Prejudice, Sherlock Holmes, etc.) and is considered a good actor.

Can’t speak for Reilly in Yellowstone, but I did watch Linda Gray, and she was not all that as Sue Ellen Ewing.

by Anonymousreply 17January 8, 2022 4:54 AM

R17, good actors can sometimes be not so good in some roles.

by Anonymousreply 18January 8, 2022 5:07 AM

It’s weirdly addictive. I mentioned this on another Yellowstone thread, but show is very popular among red state conservative types, who watch it for the soapy nonsense and manly reticence and hokey, myth-of-the-noble-cowboy bullshit, and it generally appears pretty evenhanded, but it’s underlying message is very stealthily liberal (really watch the images during the opening credits). I’m sure it all goes right over the heads of most of the dumb Republicans who watch it because delivered in this form they don’t even realize it’s ultimately pro stuff that they’re supposed to hate and rage against. But it’s pretty damn entertaining television and it’s beautifully shot. And Beth is completely ridiculous and hilariously over the top at all times.

by Anonymousreply 19January 8, 2022 6:25 AM

But would you climb all over Cole Hauser, R19?

by Anonymousreply 20January 8, 2022 6:45 AM

R20 oh, absolutely.

by Anonymousreply 21January 8, 2022 4:11 PM

Beth has unresolved rage issues for sure. I could see her doing a mass shooting.

by Anonymousreply 22January 8, 2022 4:15 PM

Blue stater here who use to live in New Mexico which has a large Native population and also cattle ranches. While Yellowstone is a bit of a soap opera with some over the top episodes, there's some truth to the people and plots. Beautiful mountain land is being bought up by development companies for 10 acre ranchettes. Tribes are developing casinos and resorts to control their own destinies.

I started watching because I love the scenery and stayed for the acting and stories. Politically I don't see a red state point of view except some people wanting to preserve their way of life which involves land and water rights. Costner is not a Clive Bundy type.

I prefer this show to Succession which has no likable characters for me to invest time in. Yellowstone has Costner, the actor playing Kayce Dutton and Cole Hauser. I like the actress who plays Beth but agree her story line is over the top.

by Anonymousreply 23January 8, 2022 4:39 PM

I've watched since its debut (they had me at horses & Costner). I LOVED the first three seasons, but the fourth season hasn't been as good.

I don't know if Sheridan was stretched too thin or what, but this season hasn't been nearly as cohesive, and it feels like there's been an excessive amount of visual "time-fillers". Lonnnng, extended sequences showcasing the skills of roping-horses, driving cattle, etc. (moreso than before). There was one episode where it felt almost felt like an infomercial for the IPRA. I LOVE horses, more than most people, and even I thought: "Can we please get back to the fucking STORY?!"

Having said that...there have been moments this season. The dinner table scene with John, Beth, Rip and the kid was GOLD! "Is that Latin?" 😆🤣

by Anonymousreply 24January 9, 2022 5:53 AM

from a few posts in this thread, I gather this show is about white masculinity and fragility, or something else included?

by Anonymousreply 25January 9, 2022 6:19 AM

It’s the biggest show on television and it airs on a nothing network. It’s not up my alley but I’ve been watching it’s success with a lot of curiosity. The first four seasons have been 1-4 on the top of the Apple charts for months now.

It really just goes to show you how much of the “losing viewers to streaming” crowd is talking out of their ass. This is the type of show that the audience wants to see and they had to go hunting on a nothing network for a show that has no advertising and promotion. It’s a success despite all odds.

Meanwhile, HBO Max is developing its fortieth show about the fascinating minutiae of being a black woman in early adulthood that will be canceled due to disinterest after one season.

by Anonymousreply 26January 9, 2022 7:37 AM

R25, it covers that mostly because of the particular setting- Montana, cowboys etc... But it also tries to capture the massive and fast-paced society changes and the shifting generational attitudes, cultures and behaviours and how that affects individuals as they try to hold on to the "old way of living". Kostner's character fighting a losing battle, which he will clearly not win.

The setting appeals to a lot of non-woke US audiences but I think it actually does good job giving an insight into that world for the woke audiences too.

by Anonymousreply 27January 9, 2022 1:46 PM

Not enough BIPOC on the show.

by Anonymousreply 28January 9, 2022 1:53 PM

R27 that's what I thought, also it looks like they add some prominent POC characters in their new spinoff series 1883, which should surprise no one. The show now receives so much attention, the producers are under pressure to address the current issues with the diversity and woke crowds etc, they had to add more cast and story lines.

by Anonymousreply 29January 9, 2022 9:48 PM

I gather that’s probably a component, R28. People are burned out on race, particularly the audience of this show. It’s also probably a big reasons why shows like Friends and Seinfeld and The Office from twenty years ago are easily annihilating new shows in the ratings.

by Anonymousreply 30January 10, 2022 2:28 AM

[quote] It really just goes to show you how much of the “losing viewers to streaming” crowd is talking out of their ass.

Considering I watched seasons 1 through 3 on Peacock, not really.

by Anonymousreply 31January 10, 2022 2:34 AM

[quote] It’s a success despite all odds.

Bitch, give me a break. Kevin Costner is the lead character on this show and it is, and has always been, one of the most expensive and heavily advertised shows on the air.

And it airs on Spike. Now known as the Paramount network.

You’re an idiot.

by Anonymousreply 32January 10, 2022 2:39 AM

Correction: you’re an idiot with an agenda.

by Anonymousreply 33January 10, 2022 2:42 AM

Ten million people just watched the finale on cable, not on streaming. None of the broadcast networks are posting these numbers.

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by Anonymousreply 34January 10, 2022 6:27 AM

[quote]Ten million people just watched the finale on cable, not on streaming.

But every single one of the creator and show runners follow up shows, which are all set in the same universe as Yellowstone, are streaming first shows and not cable shows. Why stick a proven commodity like Taylor Sheridan in the supposed wilderness of streaming if streaming did not have some benefit over landline cable?


by Anonymousreply 35January 10, 2022 5:23 PM

Kevin Costner still looks good in this. he's aged well.

by Anonymousreply 36January 10, 2022 5:31 PM

I want Kayce and Rip to blow out my hole.

Side note - why did they spell his name like a teenage girl?

by Anonymousreply 37January 14, 2022 6:49 PM

they are hot

by Anonymousreply 38January 14, 2022 7:54 PM

I stopped watching when I found out it was spelled Kayce instead of Casey.

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