‘Yellowstone’ is back as Season 5 of the Kevin Costner series takes a sharper turn on politics


“Yellowstone” is one of those mysteries of the television business, a series that generates huge audiences but that, like the late comedian Rodney Dangerfield, doesn’t always get much respect. That dynamic was summed up last year with a Vanity Fair headline that read, “Here’s to Yellowstone, the most-watched spectacle everyone’s not talking about.”

Success is usually television’s best revenge, even if Emmy nominations don’t come along. However, the new season of the Paramount Network series, however, achieves what seems to be a bit more relevant by taking a sharper turn towards politics, to go with all the soapy goings-on around John Dutton, the character played by Kevin Costner, and his big ranch. .

Of course, Montana politics have been a part of the series since the beginning. However, last season Dutton threw his hat into the ring in the gubernatorial race, placing him in a position, as he says in his acceptance speech during the season five premiere, that ” It was never my plan.”

Already considered a modern Western, “Yellowstone” never strays far from its cowboy roots, and Dutton is clear in expressing his suspicions about the interests of big cities and wealthy vacationers seeking to turn Montana and its pristine mountains into in a playground instead of a playground. house

Indeed, Dutton brings the same taciturn, square-jawed values ​​to politics as he does to business and his dealings with his family, bluntly saying, “I fight for what’s right. I really don’t care who gives it support”.

There’s much more to the series, of course, but this new role of Dutton as the kind of principled, no-nonsense public official that almost everyone would hope to have on the ballot, regardless of political preference, could help distinguish the last series of the program. dramatic arc amid Paramount’s onslaught of spin-offs related to it. In addition to “1883,” released last year with Sam Elliott in the chair, another prequel starring Harrison Ford and Helen Mirren, “1932,” will be released in December on the streaming service Paramount+.

“Yellowstone” patriarch Taylor Sheridan is also behind another new heartland-set Paramount+ series, “Tulsa King,” with another veteran movie star, Sylvester Stallone, playing a New York mobster exiled to Oklahoma after get out of jail

In a sense, “Yellowstone” and its various spin-offs seem to prove that no matter how much the entertainment industry changes, certain things never go out of style, in this case, star power, which Costner (who has more to keep westerns). lives than any other modern actor) provides in abundance; and old-fashioned soap opera plots.

Throw in some “The West Wing”-style patriotism, and who knows? The new season of “Yellowstone” might even get a few more people talking about it.

“Yellowstone” premieres its fifth season on November 13 at 8:00 PM ET on the Paramount Network.

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