Yellowstone: Season 3            review by Bobby Blakey

These days more and more big name celebrities are transitioning from the big screen back to TV with some great results. Last season saw Kevin Costner make his series debut with the series Yellowstone co-starring Luke Grimes, Kelly Reilly, Wes Bentley, Cole Hauser, Kelsey Asbille, Brecken Merrill, Jefferson White, Danny Huston and Gil Birmingham. Now the third season is coming home for fans of the show or for new people to get in on the fun.

 

Yellowstone follows the epic story of a multi-generational family that controls the largest contiguous ranch in the U.S. In Season 3, the Dutton family is threatened by new foes and lucrative business deals, forcing John, Kayce, Beth and Jamie to utilize unexpected alliances and risky measures to safeguard their legacy. I was late to the party on this one, but was hooked with first season and season two being even  better. I expected a straight forward ranching type drama similar to something like Dallas, but I was way off. It’s more of a country western mob like series more in the realm of the underappreciated Longmire with a more shady direction.

 

The show is filled with juicy and interesting characters all dealing with their own baggage while trying to find their place in this tale. As it progresses some get ahead and others fall back with none of it being pretty. There are no really good people here with all of them willing to do whatever it takes to succeed and its part of what makes it work. They continued to shake things up this season with new characters and diving into the past of some of the major players. These elements not only continue to grow the depth of the characters themselves, but help you understand more of the dysfunction of them all.

 

With the first two seasons it felt the build-up and evolution of the characters continued to keep tension between them all and on the ranch. This season keeps some of that intact while making it feel more like a family across the board even

with new additions and those back from the grave. This is still one of the best written shows out right now offering up everything you could want in a series packed together with excellent performances and a beautiful backdrop that is a character all its own.

 

I am so glad that I stepped onto this ranch and cannot wait to see what is ahead for the next season. In addition to all 10 episodes of the season it offers up over four hours of special features including a never-before-seen featurette detailing the making of the season with inside looks from Kevin Costner and Taylor Sheridan; an exploration of the series with director Stephen Kay; and an interview with special effects supervisor Garry Elmendorf about his team’s work on the show.

 

Jump on your horse and head out to the ranch and grab your copy of Yellowstone: Season 3 available now on Blu-ray and DVD from Paramount Home Entertainment.

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