“Jeremy Renner is back in top form once again, and the series continues to entertain, shock, and grip us from the start.” We return once again to the corruption and violence alongside the Mayor Of Kingstown.
When the first season of Mayor Of Kingstown premiered, I can’t say that I was interested in it at all. Yes, Jeremy Renner took the lead role, and yes, the premise sounded interesting, but I didn’t watch it for a while. More fool me. From the minute the opening episode of the first season started, it had me hooked. I ended up binge-watching the entire first season, from the opening salvos until the shocking and dramatic finale.
I have only seen the first two episodes of the show’s second season so far. But from what I have seen, we are going to go through the wringer emotionally once again. The storytelling is once again beyond reproach and what we see is compelling viewing. The acting is again superb and the way the characters are brought to life is astounding. This is what television was made for. This is what we want to see. And this is essential viewing for all fans of material such as this.
OPENING EPISODE SYNOPSIS
In the wake of the Kingstown Prison riot, violence and chaos ensue in the newly formed tent city. Mike and Bunny discuss what must be done to solve the leadership void on the inside. Kyle begins his new job with the Michigan State Police.
We begin the season with the aftermath of season one’s climax. And it sets the groundwork for what is to come superbly. And we are shocked at some of the violence that is shown. The second episode opens with an attack on a home by gang members. And to say it is shocking would be an understatement. Some of what we see is on par with season one’s gruesome scenes. One poor young woman, bleeding from a gunshot wound to the stomach calls 911 to attempt to get help. But we can do nothing but watch helplessly as we suddenly see her shot in the head and killed as she’s on the phone. It may be Hollywood violence but we can believe that this is what is really occurring in cities across the USA on a daily basis.
Another shock is seeing a gang member, mortally wounded, being questioned by Mike (Renner) as he lies dying. Rather than get help for the wounded gang member, Mike and the police instead demand answers to their queries as they watch the life flow away from the young man. They even mock the youngster as he gradually passes from this life. It is shocking, brutal, and devastating for us to watch these characters quip so jovially about a dying human being.
Once again, the cast for this season is brilliant in their roles. Of course, some stand out more than others. Of the ones that stand out is the ever-brilliant Tobi Bamtefa as Deverin “Bunny” Washington. As soon as we see Bunny again, we can’t help but smile. Bamtefa is the perfect foil for Renner, the Robin to his Batman if you will. Emma Laird as Iris is exemplary once more. Again, we can’t help but feel warmth for her, despite her many flaws and damaged nature. Hamish Allan-Headley as Robert Sawyer remains a force to be reckoned with, and one we again can’t help but find enjoyable. And Taylor Handley as Kyle McLusky remains the one character that we really care about. The one who is almost truly innocent among them all.
But nothing can or should top Jeremy Renner as Mike McLusky. After the revelations of last season, all eyes are on Mike as he must navigate the minefield he finds himself mired in. With the escape of Milo Sunter (Aidan Gillen, sadly missing for most of the first two episodes), Mike knows he has a battle on his hands to both keep the lid on Kingstown before it explodes while keeping Iris safe. Renner excels in his role once again. We know deep down that it’s almost impossible for Mike to come out of everything clean, let alone alive. But Renner somehow makes us root for Mike even more than before. And we know that we really shouldn’t. But we can’t help ourselves. Jeremy Renner is a superb actor and one that we love to see when he’s on the screen.
When the second episode ended, I was yearning to see more. I just have to know how this season is going to pan out. With the way things are left at the climax of episode two, it is going to be an interesting ride, to say the least. Exactly how Mike will manage to keep the lid on Kingstown remains to be seen. By the end of episode two, there is a glimmer of light. But not much. We can feel that the town is a powder keg that is ready to blow again. And the violence that we see over the opening pair of episodes makes us feel that despite every attempt, the town will explode into massive violence before the season climaxes.
But that is for later down the line. For now, we just have to sit back and wait for the inevitable to happen. But it will be a bumpy ride along the way. And there are sure to be some shocks and surprises that will leave us shaken. But fans of the show can rest easy. Jeremy Renner is back in top form once again, and the series continues to entertain, shock, and grip us from the start. It may not be comfortable to view at times. But it grabs us by the throat, thrusts us back into our chairs, and screams at us to watch it. And we feel we have to comply. The Mayor Of Kingstown, after all, demands it.
Mayor Of Kingstown Season 2 is currently dropping on a weekly basis on Paramount Plus ahead of the full box set becoming available on March 20th.
Source: Paramount Plus
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