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.

SONS OF ANARCHY Recap: “Los Fantasmas”

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A quiet week for Sons of Anarchy, if by quiet you mean seeing someone get brutally run down and someone else stabbing themselves in the throat — and I do.  Most of “Los Fantasmas” was given over to machinations: Patterson calls for the publication of one of the most outrageous headlines ever seen, Tara schemes against Gemma who schemes against Wendy to get to Tara, and Nero considers his options to sell out himself, his crew, or SAMCRO.  Eli, meanwhile, wandered around giving everyone the side-eye because they are all obviously lying to each other and setting everybody else up.  Then again, what else is new in Charming?  Hit the jump for more. 

SONS OF ANARCHY Recap – “Sweet and Vaded”

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Sons of Anarchy had a lot to live up to after last week’s return to form, but “Sweet and Vaded” was another great entry in what is proving to be the show’s best run of episodes in ages.  There were doubts (and still are a few) with the Lee Toric saga and the school shooting, but while the ancillary stories are still a weak point, for SAMCRO, things couldn’t be better.  After all, we’re back to car chases, shoot outs, and Tig’s confusing feelings towards transexuals — what more do you want from this show?  Hit the jump for why “bombs will do that.”

SONS OF ANARCHY Recap: “Salvage”

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There was only one thing Sons of Anarchy really needed to do this season after the school shooting in its premiere, and that was to justify it within the show’s world.  Amazingly, “Salvage” did everything it needed to make that shooting matter, not only in the context of the season but relating to SAMCRO as well.  As noted in other episodes this season, Sons of Anarchy‘s biggest triumph this year was bringing things back to club, and incorporating elements from the past, like the connection with the Irish.  And while Eli told Jax that things looked like the same old stuff SAMCRO was usually involved with, Jax’s speech at the table told a different story.  Hit the jump for why “SAMCRO’s future is in pussy, not bullets.”

SONS OF ANARCHY Recap: “The Mad King”

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One of Sons of Anarchy‘s biggest successes this year (after a questionable start) is that it has called back to some of its earlier style, and some of its earliest villains.  White Power, for instance, made a brief appearance this year, acting as a target range for the MC to take their rage out on.  Now the Irish are back — not that they ever really left, but they’ve moved, once again, out of the shadows and into the forefront of the club and its future.  They haven’t stolen any babies yet, but it got damn close.  It seems the club needs to be visited by each of these ghosts before they can move forward (or shut down).  Hit the jump for why “Micks don’t like any skin they can’t see through.” 

SONS OF ANARCHY Recap: “Wolfsangel”

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Before I get into survivor and counts and death tolls, let’s take a moment to relish in how much like the early seasons of Sons of Anarchy “Wolfsangel” felt like.  The biggest criticism lobbied at the show in the last two, even three years is that it had lost its sense of scale and, more fatally, its humor.  “Wolfsangel” restored some of that, and actually provided several decent twists.  It also kept the drama local — old foes were dredged up, old scabs picked, and all of it was related very closely to the club, and how where SAMCRO is not headed where Jax wants it.  Hit the jump for more.

SONS OF ANARCHY Recap: “Poenitentia”

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With Sons of Anarchy, the more things change, the more they stay the same.  Jax has been learning since last year that extricating himself from the club that Clay built means that he has to act, in a lot of ways, like Clay.  You could argue that his actions are largely the result of having inherited such a tangled mess steeped in violence and bad alliances, but that’s an excuse Bobby, for one, is not buying.  His collection of strays shows he’s not willing to allow for half-measures when it comes to the club.  Changes need to come, and Jax isn’t moving fast enough.  Hit the jump for more.

SONS OF ANARCHY Recap: “One One Six”

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After a questionable start to its new season, Sons of Anarchy returned this week with an episode that improved in some ways upon that initial outing, but was still just so dark and heavy.  A show with so much violence and dark themes needs the relief of humor, or it’s a slog to watch.  One of Sons of Anarchy‘s defining features early on was its gallows humor and quirky cast who played hard and then played harder.  These days, time spent with SAMCRO is increasingly bleak, and that bleakness reached its lowest depths last week.  Hit the jump for more on how the show needs to crawl out of that hole.

SONS OF ANARCHY Season Six Premiere Recap: “Straw”

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Sons of Anarchy wasted no time throwing itself right back into the action, but was it what we — and the club — needed?  Much of Sons of Anarchy‘s premiere felt akin to Boardwalk Empire‘s premiere on Sunday night: It was, aside from a few highlights, overwhelmingly bleak, dour, violent, and without a clear center or direction.  As Jax puts it, the table is in pieces, the club is hanging on by a thread, and its members are more fractured than ever, both within themselves and with the rest of the club.  The episode was written by series creator Kurt Sutter, and his unmistakable stamp is all over it.  To find out whether or not that’s ultimately a good thing, hit the jump.

SONS OF ANARCHY Recap: “To Thine Own Self”

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The fifth season of Sons of Anarchy has been pretty uniformly decent, tying together story lines from the last few seasons and bringing them (some of them) to their conclusions or to important turning points.  It hasn’t been easy — Season Five has taken plenty of side streets to get where we are now, and made some strange detours along the way.  But “To Thine Own Self” brought together all of the best elements of the series (the relationships, the machinations and most of all the humor) and seems so far to be the best hour yet offered this season.  It was visceral, it was fun, it was strange, and it was ominous.  Hit the jump for why “I am rapturous!” 

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