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TV Series Review

Having an eidetic memory can be both a blessing and a curse. It can help you get into Stanford and impress important people. However, it can also cause you to remember the car of the person who killed your mom. Then when you see said car later, you wind up following it because you want revenge. Then as you’re chasing the perp, you accidentally shoot a cop. Then you go to prison, make a deal with the DEA, join a biker gang, take down a drug cartel, and eventually find your way to freedom only to throw it all away because you still haven’t avenged your mom’s death. At least that’s what having an eidetic memory means for Ezekiel ‘EZ’ Reyes.

His mad memory skills haven’t made joining the Mayans gang any easier for EZ, though. He’s survived the hazing, the chores, the burying of dead bodies. But now, in the show’s second season, it’s time for the Mayans to vote to determine whether EZ will become a “full-patch” member of their crew. Only problem is, EZ and his brother Angel, the Mayans’ secretary, have some serious beef with each other. Angel is angry that his little brother didn’t leave when he had the chance, but EZ needs his big brother’s vote, not to mention his help to track down their mom’s killer.

A spinoff of FX’s Sons of Anarchy, Mayans MC sports many of the same features. Motorcycle gangs—check. Drug cartels—check. Foul language and extreme levels of violence—check and check. The show also incorporates elements like same-sex couples, abortion, prostitution, and even child soldiers, ticking off every hot-button issue on the list. Much like the gang from Sons of Anarchy, the Mayans help some innocent people along the way, especially children, but their ultimate goal is to be the baddest—if not the only—bad guys in Santo Padre, California.

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JD Pardo as Ezekiel ‘EZ’ Reyes; Clayton Cardenas as Angel Reyes; Sarah Bolger as Emily Thomas; Michael Irby as Obispo ‘Bishop’ Losa; Carla Baratta as Luisa ‘Adelita’ Espina; Richard Cabral as Johnny ‘Coco’ Cruz; Raoul Max Trujillo as Che ‘Taza’ Romero; Antonio Jaramillo as Michael ‘Riz’ Ariza; Danny Pino as Miguel Galindo; Edward James Olmos as Felipe Reyes; Frankie Loyal as Hank ‘Tranq’ Loza






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