Friday, January 13, 2023

What I’m Watching: Tulsa King (Season Finale)

Tulsa King: Season 1, Episode 9 “Happy Trails” (B+)

One thing I would recommend which I’ve failed to do on a number of occasions now is to be aware of how many episodes are in a show’s season. I knew that this series had already been picked up for a second season, but I was under the impression that there was a tenth and final episode following this one. Apparently that was not the case, which makes the end of this hour make a lot more sense as a cliffhanger. To see Tina down in Tulsa and affectionately calling her formerly estranged father Dad showed just how well things had worked out, even after the double threat of Chickie and Caolan had made happiness seem unattainable. But it was Stacy, after everything, who realized what was on the line and how she wasn’t doing what she was supposed to as an officer of the law, which made her show up just ahead of the arresting party. Dwight didn’t seem too shaken, but Tina was not about to lose her father like this again just as he had come back into her life. That’s likely not to leave things starting off on a good note in season two, but I feel like this won’t just be a show about him in prison and operating with friends on the outside. There are plenty of supporting characters whose backstories have yet to be fully explored, and I’ll be eager to see that once this show returns for its second season sometime in the future.

Season grade: B+
Season MVP: Andrea Savage as Stacy

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