SONS OF ANARCHY: SEASON 2 Preview

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“Sons of Anarchy” is one of the best shows on television.  It’s relentlessly hardcore, but beneath the bikes, bullets, and boobs there is a brain and a heart that few shows will match.  The first season set up the major players and loosened the screws of the soon-to-be-crumbling empire that is the Sons of Anarchy Motorcycle Club, and the show’s overarching “Hamlet” motif is truly set in motion.  With the show’s second season starting Tuesday, September 8th, FX sent over the first 5 episodes of Season 2, and oh man are they good.  My spoiler-free preview after the jump.

(Though you can rest assured that there will be no Season 2 spoilers in this preview, I am going to assume you have seen the first season of the show and proceed from there.  Any first season “spoilers” I reveal here will be revealed to you in the opening 30-second “Previously on ‘Sons of Anarchy’” montage in the season premiere anyway.)

The season finale left us with the boys of SAMCRO is an increasingly tense position.  Bobby is in jail for the murder of a politician, Tig is dealing with the guilt of killing Donna by mistake, while Clay is doing everything he can to make sure only he, Tig, and Gemma know the truth.  Jax and Piney confronted the Niners (who Clay blamed for the murder) and are now convinced that they are not responsible for Donna’s death.  Jax is suspicious of Clay, and Opie begins to act in ways that lack any evidence of self preservation, despite having two kids at home who just lost their mother.  The Sons of Anarchy are in a rough place, and it’s easy to see the beginnings of a thread ready to unravel.

It’s obvious that the events of Season 1 will have implications for Season 2, but the Sons will also be dealing with a new, powerful antagonist that distracts them from their own internal conflicts.  Rather than dealing with clumsy street gangs and drug pushers, a white supremacist nationalist group moves into Charming and sets up a legitimate business operation that acts as a front for their criminal endeavors.  The season premiere sets up their role in a big way, and sets the tone of Season 2 as much darker and much more intense that the first.

The feud between Clay and Jax is also fleshed out, with Jax wanting the Sons of An

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archy to fall in line with his father’s vision, while Clay represents a dying breed of leaders who use brute force to maintain control over their territories.  Opie is torn between his loyalty to Jax and his loyalty to the club (and thus its leader).  Clay’s age also becomes a factor, and as Jax continually challenges Clay you can see a growing factionalization of the Club that leaves them vulnerable at the worst possible time.

The women of “Sons of Anarchy” are integral to the major conflicts of the new season.  In Season 1, Gemma operated based on her own political and social agenda, manipulating relationships to preserve the status quo and to achieve her own vision for the preservation of both her family and the motorcycle club.  Season 2 takes Gemma in a whole new direction that forces her to actually rely on others to maintain stability and protect herself and her family from impending doom.  Tara and Gemma have a forced partnership that transcends the tensions between them, and this mutual reliance complicates many of the branching relationships that intersect.

This season promises to be everything a second chapter should be: a leaner, meaner season with a greater sense of purpose that comes with experience.  The writers (and show creator Kurt Sutter) understand their characters, and they trust the audience to know them as well.  I watched the Season 2 episodes back to back, and now I don’t know what I’ll do for 6 weeks waiting for episode 6.  If you’re a fan of the show, this season promises to be everything you could hope for and more, and if you’re not a fan, it’s never to late to join in.

“Sons of Anarchy: Season 2″ premiers Tuesday, September 8th at 10pm on FX.

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  • BSL

    I love this show. It’s very emotional and brutal at the same time. And of course Charlie Hunnan who is sex in a biker jacket. Hope to see more (nudge nudge wink wink) of him.

  • BSL

    I love this show. It’s very emotional and brutal at the same time. And of course Charlie Hunnan who is sex in a biker jacket. Hope to see more (nudge nudge wink wink) of him.

  • Vincent

    Can’t wait for the 2nd season. SOA is my 2nd favorite show behind Entourage. and Charlie, its SAMCRO, not SAMCROW

    • Charlie

      You’re absolutely right. I knew that, but didn’t catch it in editing. Sorry for the mistake!

      • Charlie

        Fixed. Thanks again.

  • Vincent

    Can’t wait for the 2nd season. SOA is my 2nd favorite show behind Entourage. and Charlie, its SAMCRO, not SAMCROW

    • Charlie

      You’re absolutely right. I knew that, but didn’t catch it in editing. Sorry for the mistake!

      • Charlie

        Fixed. Thanks again.

  • Droncz92

    This show and Dexter are the ONLY shows worth watching anymore. Forget about Entourage, this whole season feels like filler.

  • Droncz92

    This show and Dexter are the ONLY shows worth watching anymore. Forget about Entourage, this whole season feels like filler.

  • BB

    I just finished watching the first season, and by the middle of it i was like ” Where have i seen this type of camera moving and this type of shooting on camera ” and i was like oh yeah THE SHIELD. Great show, just like THE SHIELD was. Can’t wait for season 2.

  • BB

    I just finished watching the first season, and by the middle of it i was like ” Where have i seen this type of camera moving and this type of shooting on camera ” and i was like oh yeah THE SHIELD. Great show, just like THE SHIELD was. Can’t wait for season 2.

  • ED29

    I’m a huge fan of SOA I’ve been anxiously awaiting season two since the end of season one. My son was born 13 weeks early in a hospital 3 1/2 hours away from my home, which also happens to be in different time zone. Needless to say I caught the last five minutes of the premiere. Please please please tell me there is going to be a second showing. If anyone knows when or where I can see it please let me know.

    • Charlie

      Hey ED29, I looked and it doesn’t look like FX is hosting the full episodes online. Your best bet is itunes, which currently has the episode for $2.99. I know that’s a little steep, but at least you’ll be able to pop it on your ipod and watch it on the go! Congratulations on the birth of your son!

  • ED29

    I’m a huge fan of SOA I’ve been anxiously awaiting season two since the end of season one. My son was born 13 weeks early in a hospital 3 1/2 hours away from my home, which also happens to be in different time zone. Needless to say I caught the last five minutes of the premiere. Please please please tell me there is going to be a second showing. If anyone knows when or where I can see it please let me know.

    • Charlie

      Hey ED29, I looked and it doesn’t look like FX is hosting the full episodes online. Your best bet is itunes, which currently has the episode for $2.99. I know that’s a little steep, but at least you’ll be able to pop it on your ipod and watch it on the go! Congratulations on the birth of your son!

  • Charlie

    Hey ED29, I looked and it doesn’t look like FX is hosting the full episodes online. Your best bet is itunes, which currently has the episode for $2.99. I know that’s a little steep, but at least you’ll be able to pop it on your ipod and watch it on the go! Congratulations on the birth of your son!

  • Charlie

    Hey ED29, I looked and it doesn’t look like FX is hosting the full episodes online. Your best bet is itunes, which currently has the episode for $2.99. I know that’s a little steep, but at least you’ll be able to pop it on your ipod and watch it on the go! Congratulations on the birth of your son!

  • FancastFan

    Hi all, thought you might like to know that Sons of Anarchy creator/exec prod. Kurt Sutter will be online taking your questions/comments in a live chat on Monday Nov. 30 at 2 pm ET/11 am PT (just in time for the season finale on Tuesday, Dec. 1. and to tease a little about the new season :)

    http://www.fancast.com/blogs/sons-of-anarchy/sons-of-anarchy-live-chat-with-executive-producer-kurt-sutter/

    Hope you can stop by for a live chat on all things SOA with the man.

    Cheers,
    Jim (for Fancast)

  • FancastFan

    Hi all, thought you might like to know that Sons of Anarchy creator/exec prod. Kurt Sutter will be online taking your questions/comments in a live chat on Monday Nov. 30 at 2 pm ET/11 am PT (just in time for the season finale on Tuesday, Dec. 1. and to tease a little about the new season :)

    http://www.fancast.com/blogs/sons-of-anarchy/sons-of-anarchy-live-chat-with-executive-producer-kurt-sutter/

    Hope you can stop by for a live chat on all things SOA with the man.

    Cheers,
    Jim (for Fancast)

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