MAYOR OF KINGSTOWN: SEASON TWO
Starring: Jeremy Renner, Dianne Wiest, Hugh Dillon, Tobi Bamtefa, Taylor Handley, Emma Laird, Derek Webster, Hamish Allan-Headley, Nishi Munshi, and Aidan Gillen
Creators: Taylor Sheridan and Hugh Dillon
In typical Taylor Sheridan fashion, Mayor of Kingstown has one great storyline and three unnecessary ones. The A-plot, about rival gang leaders trying to re-establish order in an uneasy alliance with police, is very compelling, especially with the dynamic between Mike and Crip leader Bunny (Jeremy Renner and Tobi Bamtefa, respectively) carrying the series through its best moments. However, the three severely underwritten subplots about Mike’s mom (Dianne Wiest), a fugitive crime lord (Aidan Gillen), and a hooker-in-distress (Emma Laird) are distracting filler that bogs everything down. If this show returns…a big IF given Renner’s injuries…it needs a much tighter focus to take the next step.