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So Sons of Anarchy: sitcom or soap opera?
Hold on, I’d better explain why I’m asking that question. I’ll be upfront: I think this finale demonstrated some of the glaring weaknesses at the heart of SOA. And so now I’m having to recalibrate my expectations of just what Sons is capable of. Because it’s capable of a lot – it can, as I’ve said before in recent weeks, demonstrate an exhilarating capacity to raise tremendous dramatic stakes, it can put together fantastic action sequences, and it can traffic in tremendous pathos (mostly on the strength of its cast rather than its writing, I’m finally realizing). But here’s the problem with Sons: it is, apparently, utterly incapable of messing with its formula. Read the rest of this entry »
Wow…what a crazy two weeks in SoA land.
I have mixed feelings about these episodes. Obviously, they’re sort of awesome…but in a sense, they’re also incomplete emotionally. So much has happened and so much has been revealed to and amidst our various characters, but so little of (aside from Clay being shot) it is new to us as the viewer. This, of course, isn’t really a problem–at least not in any traditional sense, but it does suggest an interesting sort of relationship between us as viewers and our material. Read the rest of this entry »
Sons of Anarchy: “Call of Duty”
So last week I enthused about how Sons of Anarchy follows this binge-purge pattern of laboriously introducing storylines, only to only bring them crashing together in narrative fireworks, only to…begin laboriously setting storylines up all over again. It can be a frustrating show, and sometimes, a show that seems addicted to filler. This was my general reaction to this episode: as happy as I am to see Andrea from the Sopranos back on the show, and as powerful as many of the scenes were (more on that in a second), we still return to a pattern of establishing moves whose payoff is unclear. Read the rest of this entry »
“I’ll give you until after the Jetsons to decide…”
Wow…what a stunning episode. Although the plot still seems *so* zany, I thought this episode was really well executed, with some amazing acting from almost everyone. I was especially impressed by the subtle parallelisms that the were thrown in. Jax talks to a cop about retiring it all because he has a “bad back,” which serves as a sort of foreshadowing for Tara’s situation. Read the rest of this entry »
Sons of Anarchy – episodes 8 & 9, “Family Recipe” & “Kiss”
So I’m watching Deadwood right now, and was struck by how this extraordinary show (Deadwood, not Sons, which is a good and sometimes great show) began its second season with a bold declaration of how the heart of narrative, both historical and fictional, is a “lie agreed upon.” It’s a quote often attributed to Napoleon, whether apocryphally or not, something which gives it a nice irony: history is written by the winners, necessarily, but always at the cost of certain repressed memories that press upon the coherence of our narratives and undermine their pretense to normalization. Read the rest of this entry »
“That was tactical, this is criminal.”
— Eli Roosevelt
Episode 6: With an X
Episode 7: Fruit for the Crows
What an in-your-face couplet of episodes. We see the plot “thickening,” so to speak. I was particularly impressed by the sorts of moral ambiguity that was brought out of Roosevelt’s character. You could really see that he struggled with being used by Linc. I think it will be interesting to see how the Roosevelt-Linc relationship pans out when/if Juice commits suicide. (The sounds at the end of the last episode made it seem as if his suicide attempt was unsuccessful).
“She taught me I was more than just a big cock.”
I had to start with that…the 3rd best cameo (apart from Henry Rollins and Stephen King) in SoA history….David Hasselhoff. Classic. Classically terrible and oh so appropriate.
OK, now onto real matters. WOW. I love how this episode just revealed all of this stuff that we have curiously been waiting to find out about and did it as if it was no big deal (at least the revelation *itself* was no big deal). “Oh yeah, Clay killed JT.” “And Unser covered it up.” Read the rest of this entry »