When you reach the top, what do you do next?
So is John Dutton’s ((Kevin Costner) concept at the start of the fifth season of Paramount Network’s western “Yellowstone“(Sunday, 8 EST/PST, ★★★ out of 4), after he went up complaining the highest seat in Montana. Perhaps on the mind of Taylor Sheridan, producer of “Yellowstone” and two spinoff series (Paramount+’s “1883” and “1923”), he is now the master of his youth. TV universe as John is the master of his not-so-small state of Montana. Both Sheridan and the man she created are at the top of their game, but there is a danger that both may fall.
“Yellowstone” is the biggest series on TV, very popular even as the rotation takes place and Hollywood goes through a big change. In its fifth season it remains one of the most reliable series around, Sheridan’s perfect cocktail of soap melodrama, violence, romance and beautiful mountain views that keeps viewers wanting more. But it’s hard not to wonder when the West, which is beginning to show its age, should arrive.
The fifth season brings some parallels, correcting some of the wanderings of the fourth season’s inconsistent story and giving the audience what they want: John against the world, daughter Beth (Kelly Reilly) against adopted son Jamie (Wes Bentley) and son Kayce (Luke Grimes) and his wife Monica (Kelsey Asbille) against and their bad luck.
Sunday’s premiere begins on election night, when John easily wins the governor’s race, which he only entered against Jamie, and is now busy with many jobs he doesn’t care about. It is fitting that, if he wears a suit for his life as a governor, John is always in black tie, as if he is at a funeral for his life as a shepherd.
Beth, however, is excited about her father’s new position and the possibilities that come out of it from it (being cruel to his brother, more money and power). He’s said to go to farm hand Rip (Cole Hauser) is doing well, at least as good as their relationship can be. The younger Dutton, Kayce, settled into family life with pregnant Monica and her job with the veterinary department.
There is, of course, a constant pressure to try to take the Duttons down and take over their land. The first two episodes that were made available for review established a number of conflicts and villains, including the rich Caroline Warner (Jacki Weaver) and the fixer Sarah Atwood (Dawn Olivieri).
‘Yellowstone’ Season 5:How to see it
Although “Yellowstone” remains the entertainment equivalent of a good steak dinner – always good, always suspenseful, there’s no real reason to argue with the format – there’s only the faintest sense that things are winding down in Episode Five. was introduced, but they feel a recurring shadow of the previous season. There is a large and wealthy foreigner, and the same members of the Dutton family seem to frequent the hospital.
At some point the old comfort food can get tired: the audience is hungry to try new flavors. “Yellowstone” has not passed its expiration date, but the new episodes show that it is not a well that can be drawn from forever.
A series as famous as “Yellowstone” isn’t going away anytime soon, not if corporate executives have their say. But the longer it lasts, the greater the chance that the series will lose its luster. Finally, maybe soon, the sun must set on the Yellowstone Dutton Ranch for the last time.