Mayans M.C. Season 1 Episode 3 Review
The third episode of Mayans M.C., titled "Búho/Muwan", continues the story of Ezekiel "EZ" Reyes (J.D. Pardo), a prospect in the Mayans Motorcycle Club, and his brother Angel (Clayton Cardenas), a full patch member. The episode, written by Bryan Gracia and directed by Norberto Barba, explores the themes of loyalty, betrayal, and family as the brothers face different challenges and dilemmas.
The episode begins with a flashback to eight years ago, when EZ was in prison and Angel visited him. EZ tells Angel that he wants to get out of prison and join the Mayans, but Angel warns him that it is not a life he would want for him. EZ insists that he has no other choice and asks Angel to help him. Angel agrees, but tells EZ that he will have to do something for him first.
In the present day, EZ and Angel are on a mission to deliver a shipment of heroin to the Galindo cartel, led by Miguel Galindo (Danny Pino), who is also EZ's ex-girlfriend Emily's (Sarah Bolger) husband. However, they are ambushed by a group of rebels who are fighting against the cartel. The rebels take the heroin and set fire to the truck, leaving EZ and Angel alive but injured.
EZ and Angel manage to escape and call for backup from their fellow Mayans. They are picked up by Bishop (Michael Irby), the president of the Santo Padre charter, and Coco (Richard Cabral), another member. Bishop tells them that they have to find out who attacked them and why. He also reveals that he knows that Angel is working with Adelita (Carla Baratta), the leader of the rebels, and that he is using EZ as a mole to spy on the cartel.
Bishop tells Angel that he has to choose between his loyalty to the Mayans or his loyalty to Adelita. He gives him an ultimatum: either he stops working with Adelita and brings her to him, or he will expose him to the cartel and the rest of the club. Angel agrees to bring Adelita to Bishop, but secretly plans to warn her and help her escape.
Meanwhile, EZ meets with Agent Jimenez (Maurice Compte), his handler from the DEA, who is also using him as an informant against the cartel. Jimenez tells EZ that he has to find out who is behind the rebel attacks and what their motive is. He also tells EZ that he has a new partner, Agent Kevin Lincoln (Joseph Lucero), who is also a former member of the Mayans.
EZ and Lincoln go to a bar where they meet with Riz (Antonio Jaramillo), another Mayan who was wounded in the ambush. Riz tells them that he recognized one of the rebels as Louie (Salvador Chacon), a former member of the Vatos Malditos, a rival gang of the Mayans. EZ and Lincoln decide to follow Louie and find out where he is hiding.
EZ and Lincoln track down Louie to a warehouse where they see him meeting with Adelita and other rebels. They realize that Adelita is working with the Vatos Malditos to take down the cartel. They also see Angel arriving at the warehouse to warn Adelita about Bishop's threat. EZ is shocked to discover that his brother is involved with Adelita and her cause.
EZ calls Jimenez and tells him what he saw. Jimenez tells him to stay put and wait for backup. However, before they can do anything, they are spotted by Louie, who opens fire at them. EZ and Lincoln return fire and a shootout ensues.
The episode ends with a cliffhanger as EZ and Lincoln are surrounded by Adelita's men, while Angel tries to protect Adelita from both sides.
"Búho/Muwan" is a tense and thrilling episode that raises the stakes for EZ and Angel as they are caught in a web of lies and secrets. The episode showcases the excellent performances of J.D. Pardo and Clayton Cardenas as they portray the complex emotions of their characters, who are torn between their family ties and their conflicting loyalties.
The episode also reveals more about the backstory of EZ and Angel, and how their relationship changed after EZ went to prison. The flashback scene in the beginning of the episode is a powerful contrast to the present situation, as it shows how EZ looked up to Angel as his older brother and role model, and how Angel cared for EZ and wanted him to have a better life. The scene also foreshadows the twist that Angel is the one who helped EZ get out of prison by making a deal with the DEA, which explains why EZ is working as an informant.
The episode also explores the theme of family in a broader sense, as it shows how the Mayans, the cartel, and the rebels are all different kinds of families, with their own rules, values, and bonds. The episode highlights the similarities and differences between these groups, and how they affect the choices and actions of the characters.
The episode also delivers some exciting action scenes, such as the ambush in the beginning and the shootout in the end. The episode keeps the viewers on the edge of their seats as it creates a sense of danger and uncertainty for the characters. The episode also ends with a cliffhanger that leaves the viewers wondering what will happen next.
Overall, "Búho/Muwan" is a well-written and well-directed episode that advances the plot and develops the characters of Mayans M.C. The episode is a gripping and engaging installment that sets up the stage for more drama and conflict in the future.
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