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Tulsa King premiere recap: Will you do another round with the Stallone drama?

Paramount + king of tulsa debuted this Sunday with “Go West, Old Man,” an eventful premiere that acquaints us with mob capo Dwight “The General” Manfredi as he establishes a new criminal organization in the titular city of Oklahoma.

Dwight (played by Sylvester Stallone) begins us with an opening monologue played about his character preparing to be released from a Pennsylvania prison. His voice weary but his tone even, he describes the monotony of his 25-year sentence in great detail. Each new thought crashes into the back of the one before it, its ruminations turning into a syllabic stack hammering the idea that this guy is exhausted. And the itch of his freedom, of course. As the cell bars open and Dwight walks out, he says, “I married this life, and after keeping my mouth shut all these years, I’m going to see if this remarried me.”

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Pete, Chickie and Goodie

Immediately after his release, Dwight is taken to a posh Long Island estate and escorted to a room by nervous bodyguards. There, he reunites with the high-ranking Mafia for whom he languishes in prison: Don Charles “Chickie” Invernizzi (Thread(Domenick Lombardozzi) and his father, Pete Invernizzi (AC Peterson). After a bit of explanatory outrage (in which we learn of Dwight’s estranged family), Chickie decrees that Dwight will go to Tulsa, to build a new criminal empire from the ground up.

Tulsa King Bodhi

Bodhi

An upset Dwight relents and travels to Tulsa, where he quickly forces his “protection” on local dispensary owner Bodhi (Silicon Valley‘s Martin Starr) in exchange for a weekly commission. By this point, Dwight has already threatened dispensary workers, knocked out a security guard with a water bottle, and threatened to break Bodhi’s foot. To make things more confusing (for everyone but him), Dwight reaches out in, uh…his version of friendship. Bodhi, aware that he is about to be paralyzed, intelligently asks, “Do I have a choice?” The obvious answer is no.

After checking into his motel, Dwight ends up at a cowboy bar called Bred2Buck, where he meets Mitch (Garrett Hedlund). Mitch is friendly but cautious, which piques Dwight’s interest. (Dwight later returns to the bar and finds out about Mitch’s past as a bull rider.) Keep in mind that we still don’t know what Dwight is up to; we have an idea of ​​his long-term goals, but no idea how he intends to achieve them.

The next morning, Dwight’s driver/assistant Tyson (Jay Will) pulls up in a battered Nissan. Tyson had picked him up from the airport in a taxi, and Dwight had given him a stack of cash with specific instructions to go buy a Lincoln Navigator. Tyson explains that the car dealer wouldn’t sell him the car. Annoyed, Dwight asks Tyson to drive him to the dealership where he assaults the owner. The two leave the dealership in a sleek new car.

Their first stop after the concession is the mall, where, over ice cream, Dwight laments how long it’s been since he’s tasted a dessert that wasn’t prison tiramisu. As they leave the mall, an unwitting Dwight catches the eye of a man who seems to recognize him.

Dwight returns to the dispensary and hands new security cameras to a bewildered Bodhi, who hilariously points out that they had no problems before Dwight arrived. Following Bodhi and Tyson’s recommendations, Dwight checks into the popular Mayo Hotel in Tulsa. He then returns to Bred2Buck and meets a woman named Stacy Beale (Veepby Andrea Savage). He takes Stacy and her friends to a local strip club and, after some flirting, sleeps with her. The meeting goes well until Stacy discovers that Dwight is 75 years old. Disturbed by the “age canyon” between them, Stacy leaves without telling Dwight her name.

The episode ends on two intriguing notes. The first is that the man who spotted Dwight at the mall certainly knew who he had seen and started phoning interested parties. The second is that Stacy is an ATF officer who, by fate’s twisted sense of humor, has been assigned to actively investigate Dwight’s dealings.

The final shot sees Dwight reading an old letter (written by his daughter) and telling the Tulsa skyline that the city belongs to him….

What did you think of Stallone as the so-called king of tulsa? And will you keep watching?


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