Kristin Smith

TV Series Review

Some land was never meant to be inhabited. At least, that’s what patriarch John Dutton believes.

As the owner of Montana’s Yellowstone Ranch, the largest ranch in the United States, John Dutton knows a thing or two about the woes of living off the land. Bordered by an Indian reservation, the famous Yellowstone National Park and greedy, corrupt land developers, John fights a continuous battle to keep their land private and their resources untouched.  

Good thing he has his family and crew to help him keep things the way they should be, even if they themselves don’t always have it together.

There’s son and former U.S. Navy SEAL, Kayce, and his brilliant Native American wife, Monica and young son, Tate. With his family, Kayce tries to do the best he can but sometimes his temper gets in the way. Beth, John’s intelligent but troubled daughter, struggles with substance abuse, makes a living from manipulating others and has issues with choosing the right man to love. Jamie aspires to be the politician of the family, but no one is sure that they can actually trust Jamie’s motives. Then, of course, the ranch hands all have their own lives and struggles—like  loyal Rip Wheeler, who enjoys the occasional drink and one-night stand with Beth Dutton.  

And all still miss and mourn Lee, another of John’s sons who was shot to death over a land dispute.

Together, family and close friends work together to try and protect personal bonds and private property. And perhaps in their fight against developers, they can find a way to forge ties with Native American leaders such as Thomas Rainwater and those he oversees. After all, a united front might be the only way to save the land they love from those who are only interested in making a sideways deal.

This Land Is My Land

Finding its home on the Paramount Network and purchasable through Amazon Prime, Yellowstone is all drama, a little romance and a whole lotta violent disputes. With, of course, some big names: Kevin Costner is the main lead here, and he’s joined with other well-known actors like Luke Grimes, Kelly Reilly, Cole Hauser and Kelsey Chow.

A great cast indeed. And although onscreen acting might draw you in to the unfolding drama, the genuine bonds and strong family tradition, you won’t be able to escape the hard profanity, occasional substance abuse and one-night stands that frequent Yellowstone Ranch.

Episode Reviews

June 21, 2020: “You’re the Indian Now”

The Dutton Family plan to buy as much land as possible around their ranch before outside sources take over and commercialize the private property. Patriarch John Dutton steps down from his position as the region’s livestock commissioner.

John Dutton receives backlash after rescuing his grandson from kidnappers and killing six people during the dispute (we only hear about this in conversation, but we also see it in a previous episode). Beth Dutton’s face is covered in cuts and bruises, presumably after a domestic beating. A woman asks Beth how to avoid domestic abuse and Beth tells her to get a strong boyfriend and to hit the abuser in the head with a heavy ashtray. During a drunken celebration, a few men get hurt from roughhousing.

Beth makes out with her lover. A husband kisses his wife on the head. A woman wears a cleavage-baring dress. A man makes a crude reference to oral sex. A teacher tells her students that large corporations are “raping” the world.

A young boy admits that he has terrifying nightmares. A rude cattle rancher makes a joke about “two fat chicks.” Men and women consume hard liquor and smoke cigarettes.

God’s name is misused once, paired with “d—mit.” The f-word is used nearly 20 times and the s-word is used three times. Other profanities include a few utterances each of “a–hole,” “b–ch” and “d–k.”

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Kristin Smith

Kristin Smith joined the Plugged In team in 2017. Formerly a Spanish and English teacher, Kristin loves reading literature and eating authentic Mexican tacos. She and her husband, Eddy, love raising their children Judah and Selah. Kristin also has a deep affection for coffee, music, her dog (Cali) and cat (Aslan).

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