I’m for law and order, the way that it should be
This song’s about the night they spent protecting you from me
Someone called us outlaws in some old magazine
New York sent a posse down like I ain’t never seen
Don’t you think this outlaw shit has gotten out of hand?
What started out to be a joke, the law don’t understand
Was it singing through my nose that got me busted by the man?
This ain’t it, this outlaw shit has gotten out of hand, out of hand
— Waylon Jennings
We swapped one wolf for a dozen coyotes…
— Don Winslow
Finally finished up Mayans MC, Season 1. It’ll piss off the Sons of Anarchy loyalists to say so, but the storytelling in Mayans is much tighter than the often wooly work in SOA. Even with that freaky agent of chaos, Assistant U.S. Attorney Lincoln Potter, on the scene, the tale never spins out the way SOA sometimes did. I swear that I am not unduly influenced by the use of Waylon Jennings’ Outlaw Shit over the finale montage. Well, maybe a little.
The stories that come out of the Drug Wars are compelling, and we cannot be blamed for hosing them up like lines of blow. It’s natural enough that we can’t turn away from the hyper-violent narco game of thrones. But it bears keeping in mind that the mayhem is real, and not provided for our entertainment. The off-hand, brutal nature of cartel violence proved all too real recently for an American tourist in Mexico. From NBC News:
“A North Carolina teacher who vanished while traveling in Mexico in October was killed by a drug cartel member, his family and the local Mexican governor announced Thursday.
“Patrick Braxton-Andrew, 34, who taught Spanish, was last seen in Urique on Oct. 28. His family announced Thursday on Facebook that Mexican officials had informed them that he was killed.
We’ve jumped into Netflix’s third installment of Narcos, documenting the rise of Mexico’s drug trade, which was documented in roman a clef fashion in Winslow’s Power of the Dog. As expected, it’s an outstanding piece of work.
And, yeah, this outlaw shit is completely out of hand…