Never get attached to a TV character, especially if they find themselves in a plethora of trouble at the very beginning.
This is the lesson I've learned after watching Mayans M.C. Season 1 Episode 3. The fate of the man I declared the MVP of the show is looking bleak. Angel's actions were bound to have consequences but it didn't look like his betrayal would be found out so soon.
However, he has made Alvarez suspicious and after watching Bishop murder the traitor from the Chinese, Angel knows he has to be more careful, or at least I hope he knows. Angel is slowly drowning, and the chances of EZ being able to save him are not good.
I'm trying to be an optimist by believing that Kurt Sutter would never kill off the heart of the show. However, then I remember what happened to Opie on Sons of Anarchy and realize no one is ever safe in a Sutter show.
For the time being, I'm just going to appreciate the remaining time we have left with Angel.
One particular moment that shined in this episode was the very end. After a hectic day with the M.C., the Reyes men came together in honor of the seven-year anniversary of their mother's death.
It was a particularly hard day for Felipe and EZ, who continued to reflect on the worst day of their lives. Luckily, Angel joined the two of them after the meeting with the Chinese and put a smile on his father's face.
Angel: Just wanted to check in on this one, make sure he didn't stroke out.
Felipe: Your compassion overwhelms me.
It was the first prolonged interaction we got to see between Angel and Filipe, and it was just as adorable as anyone could imagine. When the episode ended with Filipe putting a blanket over both of his sons on the couch, I couldn't help but shed a happy tear.
This may be an unpopular opinion, but Mayans M.C. needs less complicated plotlines and more cute and fun Reyes family scenes.
Besides the Reyes family story arc, the rest was kind of bland compared to Mayans M.C. Season 1 Episode 2. The story arc involving the kidnapping of Cristobal that was previously at the forefront was pushed to the backburner.
Emily didn't accomplish much despite giving an impassioned speech directed towards Dita.
Emily: What would you do if it was your son?
Dita: I would support my husband.
Emily: No. That's what you have to do, what would you want to do? I know you well enough Dita. A still tongue and idle hands aren't strategies in your maternal handbook.
The culture of the Mayans is supposed to differ compared to SOA, but I can't help but feel like Emily's being mistreated. Considering there isn't a lot of female representation on this show, it would be nice to see her do more and be more involved.
The unnecessary storyline with the Chinese took a lot of screen time away from her and hopefully that won't be the case moving forward. The only bright spot in Emily's life is that Miguel came off as slightly human. I mean as human as someone as evil as he can appear.
His apology to her for everything he has put her through actually felt genuine and as if there was real love between them. It would be nice to eventually see how the two got together in the first place, but the flashbacks only seem to be about EZ, so that might never happen.
The never-ending war between the cartel and the rebels progressed for a change, and the rebels may have made a huge mistake. Apparently, Galindo and the cartel regularly kidnap kids and then have them pledge their loyalty with a blood oath. It seemed super weird at the beginning, but it turns out it had its purpose.
Nestor: Careful with that shit on your face. These little fuckers are oozing with disease.
Adelita and the rebels have recruited a new kid who so happens to have a cut across his hand just like the cut Miguel gave a previous kid. It could be the first time Adelita and the rebels may be in serious trouble.
Speaking of Adelita and the rebels, I've said it before, and I'll say it again -- as of right now there is no reason to care about them. There needs to be more of a backstory, at least of Adelita, if I'm supposed to care about her and her mission.
Sure, the cartel is evil, but what exactly makes her and the rebels any better? Answers would be nice because I'm losing any interest I once had in her.
The major plotline dealt with a meeting between the Mayans and the Chinese. The main point of it was to further the dangerous path Angel is going and to address EZ's relationship with cops.
There was probably a less complicated way to do that, but action was needed, and the scenes at the casino provided that.
EZ: These douchebags here, know who they are?
Bartender: Local cops. Tip for shit.
The one thing to note throughout the whole Chinese meeting was Bishop and the Mayans reaction to EZ's fight with the cop. El Presidente seemed very proud of his prospect after he punched the cop.
Although Alvarez and Bishop are suspicious of Angel, they don't seem to be suspicious of EZ. It wouldn't be surprising to see Bishop mettle in Angel and EZ's relationship by promoting EZ to a full-on member.
The Reyes brothers may seem close now, but the Mayans could very well fracture that relationship.
Oh and the forgettable character of Jimenez returned and threatened Felipe again. Felipe wasn't scared. Besides showing that Felipe is a total badass, Jimenez's appearance was pointless.
In fact, his entire storyline is pointless and has been done to death. Can we just get rid of him and pretend he doesn't exist anymore?
The story arc of "Buho/Muwan" was lagging, but there were some important key moments sprinkled throughout that are bound to be important.
What did you think of "Buho/Muwan?"
Are you worried about Angel's fate?
What does Adelita need to do to be more interesting?
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Brandon Viera was a staff writer for TV Fanatic. He retired in May 2019..