The Yellowstone Season five Episode’s five Review: Watch Em Ride Away.

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Yellowstone season 5 episode 5


It’s a little hard to pin down exactly what Yellowstone co-creator Taylor Sheridan is going for this season. Typically, Sheridan wears his subtext with much pride as the cowboy hat he is often seen wearing. Part of the massive popularity of his shows is that almost all of his characters tell the audience how they feel, (some even predict their own death in voiceover form), and it is this apparent honesty and frankness that fans appreciate. Appreciate. liked.


Watching the first handful of episodes of this season, there’s yet to be a single clear approach to storytelling, it’s like a cowboy wading through events. Some of those events advance the plot, but only enough, and so are deliberately ambushed for characters to remember the past, or talk about the future, without actually doing anything in the present.

Still, like a ray of sunlight over the Montana mountains, it became very clear toward the end that this might actually be the point of the season. Episode 5, “Watch ‘Em Ride Away” opens with another flashback to Dutton Ranch, as we see a young Beth (Kylie Rogers) saying goodbye to her father (Josh Lucas) and a young Rip (Kyle Red Silverstein) Having said that, let’s see what happened. Make the trip to land separation, but not before giving your previous cowboy “dance partner” the cold shoulder, toying with the other man’s feelings. Still, this isn’t the first time this season Beth (Kelly Reilly) has reminisced about her youth, or what she may have given Rip (Cole Hauser) when they were younger.

We’ve also experienced what young John was like in his youth.

This has been a consistent behavior this season as with each episode Lucas seems more comfortable wearing a John Dutton suit. It’s grown on him much like the impressive mustache that John sported decades ago, and his old John (Kevin Costner) and his whiskey-soaked idiolect show how much Lucas values Costner’s performance. studied carefully.

While it’s not yet clear why we keep getting visions of young John, there have been countless scenes this season where Sheridan has explained what life used to be like. In almost every episode, we’ve seen the Yellowstone crew helping out at a neighboring ranch, buying a fellow cowboy a drink, or in today’s episode, helping out every day working in the state. No doubt, these are the real ranchers or cowboys used in the show (as Sheridan often was), and undoubtedly he is trying to say that the show only plays cowboys.

“nobody knows what we do anymore, and it’s time we remind them”

John even says that “nobody knows what we do anymore, and it’s time we remind them” as an eloquent statement about this forgotten piece of Americana that Sheridan lives and breathes. This may be because rumor has it, this may be Yellowstone’s last time, and so, perhaps Sheridan is already feeling nostalgic. Or perhaps, he is just showing his fans how the show is going to end. The constant story threads of how ranchers are a dying breed, how fire wipes out entire swaths of nature, or how fast this world is moving could very well be the point of an eerie season.

If so, Sheridan’s writing is perhaps more effective than our previous reviews previously gave it credit for, but it could still be argued that her writing is. As the entire Dutton family and crew prepare to battle the Yellowstone cattle, the biggest point of contention around the ranch is how Summer (Piper Parabo) returns to John’s home, his legal guardianship, and even his bed. It was already a convenient enough storyline for John to use his governorship to grant Summer a pardon, but Sheridan’s writing around Summer was especially evident in this episode.

Beth has been as charming as ever throughout this season, and because of that, several rivalries have either ignited or reignited around the Dutton’s only daughter. In this episode, her hatred for Summer comes to the fore in a much-needed fight scene between the two characters. There is a clear tension between the two women, perhaps because of their ideologies, perhaps because of their varying levels of affection for John, but regardless, their scrap is the highlight of “Watch ‘Em Ride Away”. Yet Sheridan’s set-up for the fight is just as subtle as Beth’s right hook. The first time we see Summer in the episode, she interacts with Yellowstone’s adopted stray, Carter (Finn Little), and outright mocks him when he brings up the baby.

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