Tulsa King TV Show Review
Created by: Taylor Sheridan and Terence Winter
Cast: Sylvester Stallone, Andrea Savage, Martin Starr, Max Casella, Dana Delany, and Garrett Hedlund
Streaming: Paramount + and Prime Video
New York mafia capo Dwight “The General” Manfredi, is released from prison after 25 years and exiled by his boss to set up shop in Tulsa, Oklahoma; realizing that his mob family may not have his best interests in mind, Dwight slowly builds a crew.
Tulsa King TV Show Review:
Taylor Sheridan’s recent Mayor of Kingstown,1883, and 1923 are not up to his Mark. He is missing – Solid Story and Conflicts. I watched this show because of Sylvester Stallone and had little hope for Taylor Sheridan but again he disappointed me completely. He lost my trust. Stallone is great and easily the best part of the show.
Other stuff – it has many issues. I like the story concept a lot – fish out of water gangster, going to an unknown town where things are very different from what he has known his entire life, needing to adapt to a different lifestyle and age, meeting many misfits and very different people, and making friends/”new family” with them.
It’s a great premise, and in that aspect is watchable as almost a fun little comedy, but lackluster/ implausible immersion writing pulls the plug on immersion on many occasions.
Taylor Sheridan and Terence Winter are the creators, and I love most of their previous individual works before this, but I’m not sure how many of the episodes are written by them, and for how many they are here just so their names can appear on our screen for promotion sake, because writing is easily the weakest part of this show, and that’s why I have my doubts with this. In many elements, the story feels rushed, brushed over, and just plain basic.
In others, you have to suspend your disbelief and not overthink things to properly enjoy it, because many things don’t make a lot of sense or logic. They either wrote this in less than a week, or other, less-known writers in the team, wrote the majority of the episodes.
The pacing is also very weird, with some jarring editing occasionally. 35-minute episodes, which mostly feel like a collection of “key/important” scenes that they kept, and half of the other stuff they filmed was cut.
The final episode is probably the worst of the bunch, hacking into a computer while law enforcement has it in their hands, the reaction from the bad guy once he realizes his money is gone is all terrible minutes before that scene.
If you want to give a cliffhanger for Season 2, you should have done a better job than betrayal. Stallone’s character has no depth. The other mobsters are bland and unconvincing. B-rated acting and writing all-around.
Verdict:Tulsa King TV Show Review
If your Sylvester Stallone fan then you like the star. Taylor Sheridan needs to do his job better like old days. Otherwise, soon he will be out of business. Still, I don’t know how Paramount agreed to Mayor of Kingstown season 2.