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Recap/Review: Sons of Anarchy: Season 6 Episode 3: ‘Poenitentia’

Jax talking to Toric
Jax talking to Toric

Well Sons of Anarchy season 6 is only three episodes in and things are really heating up.  Everything that could go wrong for SAMCRO and everyone linked to them seems to be happening.

What would a season of Sons of Anarchy be without a resident nut-job?  Lee Toric is getting crazier with each passing episode.  Now he has found a new target.  He will quite obviously stop at nothing until someone pays for the death of his sister, even if they had nothing, directly, to do with it.  In ‘Poenitentia‘, Toric goes above and beyond being one toy shy of a Happy Meal in his attempt to link the school shooting to SAMCRO and their affiliated parties.  What he does is beyond despicable.  What will stop Toric and his position as the mayor of Crazy Town?

With things looking up for Jax’s legit business ventures, despite the fact that he can’t keep it in his pants (I guess he’s just prepping for ‘50 Shades of Grey‘), will he be able to cut ties with the Irish?  We do not see the Irish in this episode, but as the preview for next week will show you, they do make a return to Charming.   Jax does agree to go visit Clay in county before he is set to head back to Stockton for his parole violation.  During his visit, Jax and Clay have about as close to a heart to heart as these two are going to get.  Will Clay sell out his step-son and the club he helped build or will brotherhood be thicker than water?  I am not giving that part away, you’ll have to watch to find out. Perhaps one of the most moving parts of this sit down comes just before Jax leaves.  He turns to the two sided mirror, where he knows Toric is watching on, and says,

I’m sorry about your sister. I can feel how personal this is for you. SAMCRO had nothing to do with her murder. Otto acted alone. He is no longer a member of the club. I don’t care what you do to him (talking about Clay), but if you try to come after my wife, you will feel how personal this is for me

For the moment, it would appear Toric is heeding Jax’s warning.  As I previously mentioned, he has found a new target.  In the midst of all of the craziness, Jax receives some news from his wife, some may say it is good for them while others may think it is bad.  Speaking of Tara, what is her deal?  She is always somewhat distant, but this season she is Buzz Llightyear  spacey.  In previous episodes, we have seen her discussing divorce papers with her lawyer, but she is still holding up to being the loving wife.  Could it be a precaution in case she ends up doing serious time, or is she starting to lose it too?  I guess, for now, only Kurt Sutter and the cast know.

Another lady from Jax’s past makes an appearance in last night’s episode, Wendy.  Since roughly season 3 or season 4, we have seen Wendy try to push for at least visitation with Able.  Now all of a sudden she doesn’t want Tara to name her a legal guardian in her will.  In last night’s episode, Wendy shows some glimpses of the old, crazy junkie Wendy.  What is her angle?  Does she want Jax back?  Maybe she’s pulling an Ima.

What would life in Charming be like without a little lying and back stabbing?  Jax comes to terms with and is ready to make good on an old deal he made last season with hopes that making good on it will help his legit businesses and help to keep SAMCRO’s hands clean, but is he really going to go that far to keep the blood off of his hands?  Another part of this deal is protection for someone.  Possibly the last person you would think Jax would want protection for.  Will Jax follow through with this horrible deal, or does he have another trick up his sleeve?

In the first two episodes of season 6, we have seen Bobby pulling away from SAMCRO and trying to resurrect the Nomads.  In last night’s episode, Bobby meets with two more members of the Sons of Anarchy MC from Reno.  With each passing episode, he looks to be drifting further and further from Charming and SAMCRO.  Will Bobby ever come back, and will SAMCRO let him patch out and become a Nomad?

I must say that season 6 may be my favorite season thus far.  This season is really showing the balls that Kurt Sutter has as a writer and a business man.  Well done sir.  The twists and turns of this season are shaping up to be one hell of a roller coaster ride through hell for SAMCRO.  I love all of the shifts and change ups.  Just when I think I know what is about to happen, the show shifts course and becomes even better.  Sons of Anarchy season 6 has been the most shocking in my opinion and I love that Sutter isn’t afraid to “go there“.  Everyone wants a realistic show right?  What better way to make it realistic and close to home than include some of the horrors that we face everyday?

Below is a preview for next week’s episode ‘Wolfsangel‘, I caution you not to watch it if you haven’t seen last night’s episode.

Recap/Review: ‘Sleepy Hollow’ Episode 2 ‘Blood Moon’

rs_293x473-130711142629-634.sleepy.cm.71113_copyLast night was episode two of the new Fox hit ‘Sleepy Hollow‘.  I am going to give a brief recap, but I will try not to give too much away for those of you that have yet to see it.

Recap:

Last night’s episode was called ‘Blood Moon‘.  The Horseman is not in this episode for very long, instead, the main focuses are the witchcraft and demons that are terrorizing Sleepy Hollow.  In this episode, you will see a demon, a couple of resurrections, a bit of witchcraft, a ghost, crazy dream sequences and a lot of fire.

Lt. Mills is slowly beginning to believe Ichabod’s story a bit more as he shows her some of Sleepy Hollow’s oldest secrets.  There is an internal threat, someone close to Lt. Mills, that is aiding the dark forces.  Katrina is still coming to Ichabod in dreams to tell him what’s coming and how to handle it.  Lt. Mills begins seeing a ghost and a few possessions of this ghost will help Lt. Mills and Ichabod discover more about the dark forces that threaten them and all of Sleepy Hollow.

There is a new character that is introduced, she’s a bit evil and I don’t believe we will be seeing her in any of the upcoming episodes. She was the main focus of last night’s episode.

Not to worry, there are still a lot of scenes of comedy cleverly woven into the madness of ‘Sleepy Hollow‘ as Ichabod is still trying to come to terms with how his beloved town has changed in the two centuries he has been “asleep”.

Review:

I loved last night’s episode.  I think it is great that the writers have decided not to put the main focus on just Ichabod and his battle with the Horseman.  With the addition of demons and witchcraft, it gives the show much more substance and greatly increases the wow factor of the show.  With the added substance, the show does not get boring at all as if, the show were just based around Ichabod and the Horseman battling.  The added twists and turns greatly elevate my interest in ‘Sleepy Hollow‘.

I will strongly caution that you pay very close attention.  Like with the first episode, there are a lot of plot twists and dream sequences that help to better explain what is going on and if you are not paying attention, you will be beyond lost.

Sleepy Hollow‘ is definitely showing promise and quickly becoming one of my favorite shows.  For those of you that have read the classic ‘The Legend of Sleepy Hollow‘ and or have watched the various films out that are based off of the story and think it is just going to be the same, I urge that you watch the show.  It is vastly different and, in my opinion, much more entertaining that most of the films out.

Sleepy Hollow‘ has all of the makings to be a hit television series.

For those of you that missed last night’s episode, below is a link to watch it (I know for sure it works for US viewers not sure about UK).  It is spam and virus free.  It is from Fox.

Click here to watch ‘Blood Moon’

You can also catch last week’s episode of ‘Sleepy Hollow‘ there as well.

 

 

Recap/Review of Sleepy Hollow The Pilot Episode

rs_293x473-130711142629-634.sleepy.cm.71113_copyThe horror-based television shows started with shows like ‘The Twilight Zone‘, ‘Dark Shadows‘, ‘Tales From The Crypt‘ and the ‘X-Files‘, but they really shot to must see status with the 2010 premier of the AMC hit ‘The Walking Dead‘.  Now with horror style television being so popular, many writers are cashing in on the growing popularity of the genre.  Premiering this fall along with a new season of The Walking Dead are Sleepy Hollow and Dracula.  Sleepy Hollow premiered Monday September 16th at 9pm EST on Fox.  I know I’m late with this, but I was too busy to watch it on the original air-date.   I’m sure most of you have seen it by now, so I will give a lot more away than usual.

First the recap.

Written by: Phillip Iscove, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci

Directed by: Les Wiseman

Starring: Tom Mison and Niciole Beharie

I was a little apprehensive about watching a television show based off the classic tale ‘The 1368623561_sleepy7Legend of Sleepy Hollow‘, but I’m glad I decided to give it a watch.  There are a lot of differences between the new television show and the literary masterpiece of ‘The Legend of Sleep Hollow‘.  I am going to start this review/recap from the beginning of the show.

Sleepy Hollow‘ opens with a battle scene that is set in the middle of the Revolutionary War.  In the middle of this bloody battle, we see sleepy-hollow-1Ichabod Crane and the Headless Horseman before he was, well, headless.  Ichobad and the Horseman engage in battle and Ichabod chops off his head. Fun Fact, not since the pilot episode of Game of Thrones has someone been beheaded in the first three minutes of a television show.   Flash forward to present day Sleepy Hollow, over 200 years have gone by, and all of a sudden Ichabod is awakened and finds himself in a cave.

He wasn’t the only one awakened, the Horeseman also made his return to Sleepy Hollow.650x450xsleepy-hollow-premiere-photo_650x450.jpg.pagespeed.ic.bCvt7X8EGm  The writers sure did not waste any time with the beheadings after the Horseman’s return.  He claims his first victim in the first couple of minutes after his return.  You do not get to see the first victim until police discover his headless body.  His second victim is someone that we have seen previously in horror, Jeff Fahey (Pet Sematary 2) met a gruesome end in a barn.   The Horseman also kills a priest.   If this was any indication of the amount of heads that will role, there will be a lot throughout the course of this show as there were 4 beheaded in the first half an hour of the show.

Not to worry, Sleepy Hollow also offers a bit of humor to go along with the madness.  Keep in mind, Ichabod was last alive in Sleepy Hollow during the Revolutionary War, and he is now in 2013 Sleepy Hollow, there is a lot to take in.  He also shares some comedic downloadand witty moments with a woman police officer.

There is a lot more Biblical referances in the television show.  We find out that the Headless Horseman was never a man, but one of the four Hourseman of the apacolypse, Death.  Ichabod also frequently references a bible that he was buried with.  There is also talk of witchcraft and demons at work.  We also get to see Ichabod’s lovely wife, whom we find out is a witch who’s coven was tasked to keep the Horseman and his head awaybdcc41211aa62a8f10f26d1a2d1727bf from one another.  She is now trapped in the woods by a demon that has summoned the Headless Horseman back to Sleepy Hollow.

I almost forgot to mention that Orlando Jones also makes an appearance as  a very shady detective.  He’s actually creepier than the Horseman.

The Horseman also gets a major weapon upgrade towards the end of the episode.  He’s not just playing with a broad ax anymore.

sleepy-hollow-premiere-FOXThat’s all for the recap.  If you are still curious about the show, watch it.  It could mean different things to different people.

Now for the review.  I must say that I was pleasantly surprised by this one.  I really can’t think of a single thing to gripe about.

The casting is fantastic, Tom Mison really sells the roll of Ichabod Crane.  I am not sure who plays the Horseman, but he is a really intimidating character.  His movements remind me a lot of Kane Hodder’s movements as Jason Voorhees in the late (and better parts in my opinion) installments of the Friday the 13th films.

The script and story line for ‘Sleepy Hollow‘ were exquisitely written and well thought out.  This may be one of the best written shows I have seen yet this year.

The effects and costume departments also deserve quite a bit of recognition for their roles in this series.  The effects were visibly stunning 101_sh05695and the costumes, especially the costumes for the Revolutionary War times, were fantastic.

I was also impressed with the actual level of blood and gore that was shown.  It’s not quite on the same level as The Walking Dead, but for being on such a mainstream channel, it was impressive.

I also enjoy the levels of magic and darkness that the writers have brought in.  It gives the story more meaning and really helps develop a better back story.

My favorite parts though have to be of Ichabod coming to terms with how everything has changed.  It is so entertaining and really well written.

Sleepy-Hollow-Title-624x424I will caution that you must pay attention or you will get seriously lost.  There are a lot of flashback sequences, subtle tweaks to the original ‘Legend of Sleepy Hollow‘ and a lot of back story that could be easily missed if you aren’t paying attention.

All in all, ‘Sleepy Hollow‘ is very suspenseful and is shaping up to be quite a great series.  I know I am keeping it on my watch list.

Catch ‘Sleepy Hollow‘ Monday nights on Fox at 9pm EST.