Yellowstone: Season 4 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 like Yellowstone from creator, writer and director Tyler Sheridan. The show is now four seasons deep and features a great cast including includes Oscar®-winner Kevin Costner, Luke Grimes, Kelly Reilly, Wes Bentley, Cole Hauser, Kelsey Asbille, Brecken Merrill, Jefferson White, Forrie Smith, Denim Richards, Ian Bohen, Finn Little, Ryan Bingham, Gil Birmingham and Will Patton with Jacki Weaver, Piper Perabo and Kathryn Kelly join the cast in guest starring roles for the fourth season.
Yellowstone follows the epic story of a multi-generational family that controls the largest contiguous ranch in the U.S. In Season 4, the fates of Kayce, Beth, and John Dutton are unknown as Rip and the other wranglers wield their own brand of justice to take revenge and defend the Dutton legacy.
I was late to the party on this one, but was hooked with the first season and its just gotten better and better. I initially expected a straight forward ranching 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 meets the Sopranos 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 adding a mystery element to who is trying to take the Dutton’s out. Right out the gate it opens with a violent multi-front attack in different locales and never lets up for the rest of the season.
Each season continues to build up and evolve the characters while never really giving them any resolution. This could easily be frustrating, but the ongoing issues both new and old are always so well-crafted and engaging you are all in. I love this show and this season was even better than the previous ones. It is baffling how it keeps finding just the right notes, but it never misses a beat and keeps leaving you wanting more. This season even threw in some teaser elements of the prequel series 1883 that is outstanding in its own right.
This is easily one of the best shows on TV and this season just further cements that statement. I cannot wait for more, but until then grab your copy of Yellowstone: The Complete Fourth Season when it hits Blu-ray and DVD on March 8th from Paramount Home Entertainment.