SONS OF ANARCHY Recap: “Suits of Woe”

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“Suits of Woe” delivered another dense and emotionally rich episode of Sons of Anarchy, and possibly one of the best the show has ever done.  Like “Faith and Despondency,” it had a little bit of everything (character building, plot advancement, car chases, prison humor).  But “Suits of Woe” was the first step in a reckoning that is going to not only define these last two episodes of the series, but the series itself.  Hit the jump and “put some pants on.  We need to talk.”

SONS OF ANARCHY Recap: “Faith and Despondency”

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There are only a few episodes left in Sons of Anarchy‘s final season, which means it’s time to get down to brass tacks.  “Faith and Despondency” delivered in a number of ways: sex was had, eyes were lost, genealogies were considered, silverware were reconsidered, motorcycles were ridden, vaseline was dispensed, and there were both deep conversations and shallow graves.  Hit the jump if you’re looking for some professional comfort.

SONS OF ANARCHY Recap: “What a Piece of Work Is Man”

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“You need to trust me,” Jax says to Grant, part of the church family he’s trying to protect and use as leverage against Marks.  It’s also a constant refrain he uses on everyone.  Finally, someone is calling him on it: “Stop saying that.  Every time you do, something bad happens,” Grant laments.  And it’s true; things are continuing to come apart at the seams for Jax and SAMCRO, as their best-laid plans often do.  But what continues to make this final season of Sons of Anarchy so compelling — “What a Piece of Work is Man” in particular — is the suspense.  Hit the jump for why “this is on you.  Your betrayal.  Don’t ever lie to me again.”

SONS OF ANARCHY Recap: “The Separation of Crows”

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“The Separation of Crows” showed the Sons of Anarchy’s world truly being shaken by the fallout from Jax’s rampage.  For all of his clever machinations, Jax has met a formidable foe in August Marks, one who also has incredible financial and political resources.  The gangland violence that SAMCRO is used to in their tangles with other clubs won’t fly here, and Jax starts the episode demoralized about how to fight it.  In the end, he also finds that the terms are not negotiable.  Hit the jump if you thought for a moment that Abel murdered those birds.

SONS OF ANARCHY Recap: “Greensleeves”

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Sons of Anarchy continued its bloody final ride in “Greensleeves,” creating some excellent tension along the way.  While it seemed like Juice could be the lynchpin regarding the revelation of Gemma’s sins and potential demise, “Greensleeves” made it clear that Gemma has now fully become a Lady MacBeth, or even a Raskolnikov figure (though given Sutter’s Shakespearean partiality, I would presume the former).  What was once considered a righteous act begins devolving into paranoia and madness on her part.  Hit the jump to find out “who puts the ‘oh’ in ho.”

SONS OF ANARCHY Recap: “Smoke ‘em If You Got ‘em”

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While SAMCRO cleans up one murder scene, then stages another one, and plot threads become more twisted than Tig’s sexual fantasies, the thing that is distinguishing this final season of Sons of Anarchy is the suspense over what exactly is going to happen with Juice and with Gemma.  Though there can be assumptions made about how each of their stories may end, there’s absolutely no sense of timeline, or how the truth will out.  “Smoke ‘em If You Got ‘em” had a continued sense of dread throughout its hour that escalated until its final moments.  It’s also the most interesting and compelling storytelling the show has done in a long time.  Hit the jump if you knew that Kiki offered a mint-flavored blowjob.

SONS OF ANARCHY Recap: “Some Strange Eruption”

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The fallout of the war between the Sons of Anarchy and Lin’s Chinese game continued in “Some Strange Eruption,” but things didn’t get really interesting until the end.  That war is, after all, based on a lie.  Sons of Anarchy‘s final season hinges on when — or even if — that truth will come to light.  Meanwhile, the slaughter continues with abandon.  “Some Strange Eruption” had some good plots twists and turns, which has been the show’s bread and butter in the last few years.  But the struggle for how Juice will fit in to all of this moving forward is the reason we should all be glued to the action.  Hit the jump if you want to sign up your kids up for brothel daycare.

SONS OF ANARCHY Recap: “Poor Little Lambs”

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Sons of Anarchy‘s great wave of carnage continued in “Poor Little Lambs,” but in between were a few reintroductions to great characters from the past (like Walton Goggins as Venus Van Dam, and the always great Kim Dickens as the hooker with a heart of gold, Colette).  There was also a 1990s revival.  Jax once again met with Ron Tully (Marilyn Manson) to work out a drug deal to offload some of that heroin he acquired, and Gemma dropped Abel off at his new school, where one of the teachers is played by Courtney Love (the horror!)  Hit the jump, beautiful people.

SONS OF ANARCHY Recap: “Playing with Monsters”

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Sons of Anarchy has always seemed to pride itself on having the twistiest of plots, and “Playing with Monsters” played right into that.  The issue is, episodes like these cut deeply into character development time, which last week’s great “Toil and Till” thrived on.  But “Playing with Monsters” also showed how Jax’s single-minded devotion to taking down the Chinese is making things very, very complicated on the street.  Meanwhile, the person who was really responsible is the one he is working so hard to defend.  Hit the jump for IMDB information on Stankenstein.

SONS OF ANARCHY Recap: “Toil and Till”

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Over the years, Sons of Anarchy has been its best when its stories relate to the club, and club politics.  Gangsters (and gang-busting law-enforcement) may come and go, but SAMCRO is forever.  Too often in the last few seasons, the show has favored overly twisty plots and one-off actor cameos over character drama for the Redwood members we’ve come to know and love.  But “Toil and Till” was an example of how all of that can work together beautifully when given the chance.  This hour had some great, extended character moments, along with one long, badass shootout.  Hit the jump for why clarity settles all scores, and pays back all debts.

SONS OF ANARCHY Season Six Finale Recap: “A Mother’s Work”

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Sons of Anarchy has always had intense finales, but oh mother.  The show has been moving towards the events in “A Mother’s Work” for awhile, even though seeing them play out (and how they played out) was one of the most disturbing things Sons has ever done.  Like Breaking Bad, Sons of Anarchy has a harsh moral universe, where violence begets more violence, and so forth.  Nero alluded to this when he asked Jax about his belief in karma, and the consequences of his actions.  It’s something Jax himself knows, but as he said in the cold open, he’s always been able to justify it (something he also has in common with Walter White — no act is too much for the protection of his family).  But what if family goes against family?  Hit the jump for more.

SONS OF ANARCHY Recap: “You Are My Sunshine”

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In many ways, “You Are My Sunshine” felt like a repeat episode for Sons of Anarchy.  A few weeks ago I mentioned how the show seems to be stuck in a pattern of one step forward and two steps back.  All of the double and triple crossing that had Jax pitting the Irish against the Chinese, leading to — apparently — some kind of race war (or so Nero was warned by the Mayans) felt like an unnecessary coda to last episode’s show-stopping violence.  The scene Jax set up with Galen and Clay should have been the end.  Adding on to that only weakens its impact.  And then there was Juice … Hit the jump for more.

SONS OF ANARCHY Recap: “Aon Rud Persanta”

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A major complaint about Sons of Anarchy this season has been the fact that we were promised change, and it didn’t come (at least, in any real terms).  Last week’s episode was particularly frustrating, because it illustrated more than most the concept of the show gaining ground only to lose it two-fold.  But “Aon Rud Persanta” (meaning “nothing personal”) was, two episodes before this season’s finale, a game changer that — like many near-penultimate episodes for Sons of Anarchy – sets up an interesting season to come.  For the season that is here though, hit the jump.

SONS OF ANARCHY Recap – “Huang Wu”

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Sons of Anarchy missed a great opportunity in “Huang Wu.”  Instead of a talky episode devoted to more Irish BS and Tara’s unravelling, we could have spent an hour with Happy eating Chinese food and watching cartoons.  Best kidnapping ever?  Instead, of course, there was more of the former.  The rules of SAMCRO don’t change much.  One step forward with guns, two steps back with the Irish.  One step forward for Tara, two steps back thanks to Gemma.  There was an opportunity in “Huang Wu,” and in the final episodes this season, to show us some real change.  For now though, the story remains a little too familiar.  Hit the jump for why you are a stupid, weak, junkie whore!

SONS OF ANARCHY Recap: “John 8:32″

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Sons of Anarchy played out this week pretty much exactly how most predicted, but hoped it wouldn’t.  The Tara plot that has been bubbling all season had seemed more complicated than it really was — the end game was that she wanted out, and she wanted to take her boys with her.  This isn’t new, this is something she has wanted since Day 1 (even when she wasn’t yet totally committed to Charming, she was always resistant to it and to life with Jax).  The constant though was that, despite those reservations, Tara loved Jax and did everything she could to make it work.  She sewed up the club, she sacrificed her career, she fought Gemma for years, and eventually tried to become like Gemma to deal with things on her terms.  But this year things went off the rails with her, and what has it all been for?  Hit the jump for more.

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