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Los tiempos von combiando

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Sons of Anarchy – “Una Venta”

Martin,

There’s several great things going on in this week’s Sons of Anarchy, a few weak links, but the most important thing that characterized this episode was the character of Lincoln Potter beginning to work his tentacles into SAMCRO. So I want to start off this post talking about him first. The Sons have seen their share of feds and investigators before, of course, most notably the loathed Agent Stahl (and also the brilliantly creepy ATF agent Kohn, memorably played by The Shield’s Jay Karnes back in season 1); but Lincoln Potter feels like something new. I don’t think this is just displaced affection from his Deadwood character, but something about this character is geniunely fascinating. It could be the little quirks McKinnon gives the character; that little wave of the leg standing on the table is exactly the kind of thing we all do when we’re alone, but actors so rarely invest in their character’s unguarded moments. But it’s also the way he effortlessly is working his way into the club, insinuating nuanced instabilities and doubts and allowing the ramifications to play out on their own, even as he’s working a massively detailed investigation; indeed, his near omniscience about the club is a bit too perfect at times, even if it’s nice for the show to throw us an expository bone once in a while, as its complex plot developments tend to happen very quickly.  Still, this is the first time the show has given us a law enforcement antagonist who fully emerges as a sympathetic character; indeed, Potter has been so strong that it’s hard not to swing over to his side, for SAMCRO’s slide into decadence is happening very, very quickly. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by teables

September 28, 2011 at 3:32 pm

Posted in Sons of Anarchy

Welcome back to the Chase

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Hello Moth Chase Readers,

As you can see below with the start of the new Sons of Anarchy season, we’re back after a long summer hiatus! Thanks to all of you who faithfully checked the blog and read back posts (it was pretty amazing to see how many folks kept reading even when there wasn’t new content and we’re grateful). Given the busyness of our lives at the moment (new jobs, new cities, etc.) we have decided to streamline our focus this fall. As new seasons gear up, we’ll be focusing our main conversations on Sons of Anarchy (Martin and Travis), Dexter (Natalie and Kathryn), and The Walking Dead (trying a new round table format featuring all four regular posters plus a new guest, Shelly). We’re also going to try a new format of occasional posts on some of the shows we really love but don’t have time to blog weekly. Look for once and a while check ins on Boardwalk Empire and The Vampire Diaries and maybe more. And of course we’ll still cover the occasional movie.

Thanks for reading and let the procrastanalysis continue!

Kathryn and Natalie

Written by themothchase

September 22, 2011 at 7:33 am

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Bad for the family

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Sons of Anarchy – “Dorylus”

Martin,

After the off season of this show (plus a few missed episodes), we finally return to the adventures of SAMCRO in Charming, CA. I know I’m far from the only one who has reservations about the last season, where the show  frequently found itself spinning its wheels in Belfast, unable to form a compelling narrative out of the mess of characters, motivations, and sometimes murky backstory that all fed into Abel’s abduction. Sons of Anarchy has always been a show that’s at home in its context – like Justified, its strengths draw from the way the Sons reflect the community from which they spring, and the show’s heart lies in showing just how complex and twisted the relationships with that community is. Simultaneously self-appointed protectors and outlaw pariahs, Sons at its best is a modern-day parable about the violent heart of societies, the ways communities find to justify that violence, and the thin line that separates those who are in and those are out of such communities. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by teables

September 21, 2011 at 2:08 pm

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