Tuesdays, 10:00 PM ET on History Channel
Examining the underground counterculture of motorcycle gangs.
I recently watched this show and I can’t say that I hated it, I also can’t say that I learned anything new about Outlaw Biker Gangs, and how they operate. The first season of this series did however keep me interested. It’s a fictionalized version of Charles Falco's 2013 memoir, Vagos, Mongols, and Outlaws: My Infiltration of America's Deadliest Biker Gangs. Damon Runyan not to be confused with Alfred Damon Runyon the Prohibition era writer, plays Charles Falco, meth dealer-turned-ATF confidential informant, undercover in the Vagos Motorcycle Club; from a "hang-around", a prospect, to a full-patched member. The storyline is similar to the Donnie Brasco lets infiltrate the Mafia film, and is therefore a little predictable. It didn’t have the likes of Al Pacino, Johnny Depp and Michael Madsen in it. It was however much better than The Infiltrator with Bryan Cranston in it, another undercover autobiographical film of 2016. Don Francks who played Lizard, the Vagos Road Captain the oldest member of the chapter did an excellent job in this film, and Stephen Eric McIntyre as Kid, the Vagos Vice President and Falco's prospect sponsor was also good. One of the best scenes in the series involved Falco and these two characters demonstrating the spiritual aspects and the freedom of the Biker lifestyle. Sadly too little of this side of the culture was shown. I have to say that, the characters of Lizard and Kid were the only characters I really felt any sort of connection to. Damon Runyon was okay, and didn’t disgrace himself in the lead role. The weirdest thing in this series was shown when the main character was locked up in an American prison, and the strange rituals, rules and xenophobic gangs that control that place. Does one really have to join a Neo Nazi gang in an American prison if you happen to be white? A question which sadly was not answered in Gangland Undercover. This series is worth looking at, but don’t expect too many surprises.
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