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Sons of Anarchy: “You Are My Sunshine”

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After an extra week to wait for a new episode of Sons of Anarchy, the wait was finally over last night.  Season 6 has been full of violence, deception and heartbreaking decisions.

Last night’s episode was titled “You Are My Sunshine”Kurt Sutter has always been cryptic in the titles he gives each episode, but I think last nights was self explanatory.

Last night brought a lot of the actions of SAMCRO and the others involved with them full circle.  Juice has been struggling for a while with the things that he has done, betraying the club, setting up the former president and now planning and watching the death of Clay.  Juice has been on the path to a major melt down since the club’s business with the cartel.  Last night he was at his lowest. He stole pills from Bobby and headed to Diosa for some “relaxation”.  After talking with LylaJuice tries to overdose in the bathroom at Diosa, but Gemma and Nero come to his aide making him throw the pills up. While drugged up, Juice tells Nero that he is the one that killed his cousin’s old lady under the instruction of Jax.  This leaves a lot of questions concerning Juice’s and Nero’s future with SAMCRO.  Will Juice continue to try to kill himself?  When the club finds out about the suicide attempt, this being his second, what will they do with him? “Sons don’t kill themselves”.  Since Juice ratted on Jax, how will Jax handle another betrayal from him, if he finds out?  Now that Nero knows what really happened, will he sever ties with the club?

The next situation was the club pulling away from the gun business,the IRA and the issues with the Chinese.  Jax betrayed a lot of people himself last night.  The first betrayal came when the club lured Connor’s men into a barn.  Once they had them in the barn, they shot them and delivered their bodies and the shipment of guns they had to the Chinese.  That was not a good enough offering to get Happy back from them, now they want Connor himself.  To save Happy, the club hands over Connor, but once they release Happy, the club opens fire on the Chinese saving Connor and opening a new business opportunity.  After SAMCRO took out Lin’s uncle and his men, they convinced Connor and The Kings to do business with August Marks.

Tara has been nothing short of confusing and conflicted for the entire season.  In the previous episode, she went to DA Patterson to offer up the bullet she pulled from Bobby for immunity and protection for her and the kids. Patterson accepted the deal, but now what does Tara do?  It is very clear that she loves Jax and does not want to hurt him or rat him out, but now the DA knows she holds crucial evidence against the MC.  Towards the end of the episode, Tara goes to Gemma’s house after a quick phone call to make sure Gemma goes to the cabin instead of coming home, she pulls a gun on Unser and Wendy.  As Able is walking out the door, Wendy yells to him that she is his mother.  Tara then hits Wendy and takes off with the boys.  I was convinced that she was going to Patterson’s office, but she ends up at a motel, stiffing Patterson.  Before everyone says “death to Tara”, think about the situation, she had no choice but to take off and lay low.  The DA knows she has evidence of the club’s involvement in the take down of Clay’s transport.  She now becomes an accessory to this crime on top of her own murder charges.

I for one can not wait for next week’s season 6 finale.  There are so many questions that need answering and so much karma that will be coming around.  Season 6 has been my favorite episode of Sons of Anarchy to date.

 

Sons of Anarchy “Aon Rud Persanta”

PHflTBhPuGeTji_1_mI know I have not covered Sons of Anarchy in a while, but after last night’s wild ride, I figured I would do a bit of a recap and offer my opinions of the show.

Last night marked the 11th episode of the ever shocking season 6.  So far this season we have seen the deaths of Otto, Filthy Phil and V Lin, the relationship between SAMCRO and the IRA implode and Tara attempting to pull Thomas and Able away from the club, Gemma and Charming.  “Aon Rud Persanta”,which translates to “nothing personal”, did not offer any rest or solace from the deceit and violence.

00_CharlieLast night, we witnessed the dawning of a new era for SAMCRO.  I must say, I am not 100% shocked by the events that unfolded.  I think Clay had a clue as to what was about to come for him and his future when he saw Jax and the rest of SAMCRO instead of Galen and his men breaking him out.  Jax asked Clay before he took him to meet Mr. Mayhem what he would do about explaining the bodies to the Connor and the rest of the IRA, and Jax agreed with him.  Jax knew the only way to stay alive and to fully get his club out of guns was to kill the two men that posed the biggest threat, Clay and Galen.  Even remarking to Connor that it would have been the two of them on the floor if that hadn’t of happened, and I think he was absolutely right.   This poses a new question, is Jax the new Clay or did he make the right decision for his club by eliminating their biggest obstacles?

I don’t see Jax turning into Clay, but Kurt Sutter is not new to shocking us.  Besides, Jax did not make that decision on his own like06_Perlman Clay would have.  The whole club made the call.  I believe the deaths of Clay and Galen were absolutely necessary for the club to move in the right direction, I mean come on, Clay and Galen are no strangers to murder and deceit.  Who’s to say the two of them would let SAMCRO out of the business?  It was also a smart business move on Jax’s part basically forcing the hand of the IRA to deal with August Marks or lose the business to the Chinese.  I really don’t see the IRA laying down and taking this on the chin, I think the blood has only just begun and Charming and the rest of Northern California is about to become a full on war zone.

08_SagalThere were a lot of confusing emotions in last night’s episode.  Clay looked to almost be repenting for all that he has done with the way that he looked at Gemma and Jax before he was killed.  Gemma mourned Clay taking his death much harder than expected.  Perhaps the most confusing of all was Tara.  She wants out of the club life, but she rushes in to save Bobby, she grabs Jax’s hand and looks in his eyes almost apologetically and offers Gemma comfort in the car.  Tara seems to want her family whole, but she is completely torn between her freedom, the man she loves and the safety of her boys.  A lot of people are calling her a crazy bitch, but the moves being made by her all make sense.

What about Jax’s deal with Patterson?  He delivered Galen and the guns.  She never said Galen had to be alive.  She said her deal 09_Siffdidn’t include a pile of dead bodies, but she also did not say that it didn’t.  Is she going to pull her deal and put the screw to SAMCRO?  Probably, I mean Tara is offering her up some pretty substantial evidence against the club, but is she really going to hand over the bullet from the sheriff’s gun covered in Bobby’s DNA after she saved his life, wouldn’t that make her an accessory?  Judging by the preview for the next episode, she is not going to give Patterson what she wants. It is going to be very interesting to say the least to see how this whole mess plays out.  My only complaint is that we have to wait two weeks to find out.

There are only two episodes left of season 6 and there is a lot left to touch on.  I have seen so many people complaining about how season 6 is playing out, but I think Kurt Sutter is a genius.  The life of an MC is not a glamorous one and shit like this happens.  What Sutter is doing with the evolution of his characters and story lines is nothing short of amazing.  Would you rather it be the same snoozefest season after season and everyone live happily ever after?  It really doesn’t happen that way.  If all the Sutter haters think they can do better, I would really love to see them try.  Before he began working on Sons of Anarchy, he did his research and had the balls to push every envelope that could be pushed to show everyone what that life for many and their families are really like.  I have a tremendous amount of respect for Kurt and the hard work he puts into this show and I can’t wait to see what he has in store for the future of SAMCRO and the prequel I have been hearing so much about.

Preview for the next Sons of Anarchy “You Are My Sunshine”:

 

 

 

Recap/Review: ‘Sons of Anarchy’ Season 6 Episode 5 ‘The Mad King’

SOA-The-Mad-King-590x388Well the boys of SAMCRO sure can not catch a break.  Feds breathing down their necks about a school shooting, not sure if Clay is going to rat, 3 more dead bodies and now some seriously pissed off Irish Kings out for blood.  Last night’s episode of ‘Sons of Anarchy‘, so aptly named ‘The Mad King‘, sure did not offer any solace for the Charming crew.

Recap:

The Mad King‘ opens with SAMCRO staking out Galen and his crew to exact vengeance for what they have done to their club.  The club and their family members are all on lock down in hopes that they can keep everyone safe from the wrath of the IRA and their bloody antics.  While on lock down at the Clubhouse, Gemma bumps into a very down in the dumps Chucky, who we all know was very close to Otto with Otto having saved his life in prison.  Gemma has a bit of a heart felt moment with Chucky.

SAMCRO’s all night stakeout does not seem to be paying off until Jax and Happy spot some activity at a warehouse. Jax catches up to one of the guys and gets information from him the SAMCRO way, by sticking a rather large knife through his hand.  The Irishman gives up the dirt and Jax lets him go.  They find out that Galen has already fled the country and that Connor is planning to do the same thing.  Jax and Happy get the whereabouts of Connor and devise a plan.

With the murder of one of the Diosa girls looming, Roosevelt seems very confused on what to do.  He has the DA breathing down his neck about finding someone to hold responsible for the school shooting, and of course, their prime target is none other than SAMCRO.  As we learned last week, Roosevelt is privy to Toric and his game, but this puts him in a tough spot.  Does he follow his gut and out Toric or does he go with his badge and pin everything on SAMCRO and bring Nero down for the girl’s murder?  He lets higher-ups and his curiosity get the best of him and he begins to tail Jax and Nero when they head up to their new business venture, the potential extension of Diosa.  A new friend runs him off and gives Jax and Nero a heads up.

Back a the Clubhouse, Unser is playing with Able and Tara checks his bandage after Able swings into him.  While she is doing so, he questions Tara about the, what he calls, the “coven” that he walked in on in Tara’s office the previous day.  After questioning her, he asks her if she needs his help.

As we are well aware of by now, former SAMCRO President Clay Morrow is tucked away in Stockton Prison.  While in his cell, he gets a visit from the book cart.  The man pushing the book cart has a very familiar accent, an Irishman. He hands Clay a book and gives him a page number.  Inside the book is a message from an old friend of Clay’s making him a very interesting offer.  If he accepts the offer, it could cripple the club.

After carrying out a very sly plan, SAMCRO catches up with Connor.  Jax takes Connor’s phone and calls the Irish Kings.  He reaches out hoping to broker peace, but will the go for it or will the words of Galen keep this feud going?

The former queen of the castle, Gemma, is back to doing what she does best, playing the guilt card.  She and Chucky pay Wendy a visit at work.  Gemma pulls at Wendy’s heart strings, even offering up baby pictures of Able.  Gemma’s visit makes Wendy question everything she is doing for Tara.

Clay sets up a visit with Gemma and when she goes to see him, she brings him up to speed on all that has happened in Charming with the Irish and Jax.  During this visit, it would appear that he really is turning over a leaf.  He fills Gemma in on the offer he received.  Old habits die hard, so can Clay really be trusted? Upon trying to leave, Gemma is confronted by two guards.  They shove her back into the room and force her and Clay to get a bit closer to get a bit close for comfort for their “entertainment”.

Chibs fills Jax in on the conversation that Gemma had with Clay.  It’s not a huge secret that these two have some tension, with Chibs feeling that Jax is making too many moves on his own.  The conversation gets a bit heated, but it would appear as though these two are hashing things out and putting the previous events behind them, I mean come on, they much more important things to worry about.

Jax makes another call to the Kings.  He wants to know if they have an answer to his proposal.  They tell him they will contact him with an answer at 8pm.  Jax tells them that he will have a full table for the call.

Gemma tells Nero what happened during her visit with Clay.  This just adds to the growing issues he has been having since he teamed with Jax.  Will this be too much and will Nero run for the hills?

Roosevelt gets the DNA results from Nero’s truck.  He knows Nero is innocent, but with Toric being dead now and so much heat on him, what will he do?  Roosevelt follows his badge and heads for the SAMCRO Clubhouse.

Jax and crew are hanging out at the Clubhouse waiting on the call from the Kings.  While waiting at the bar, Jax spots a familiar item that we see at an earlier time in the show and a mysterious keg.  He calls Chucky in and he tells Jax where it came from.  Jax puts 2 and 2 together and figures it out.  Panic ensues as he and Chibs clear the Clubhouse.  ‘The Mad King‘ delivered one shocking, explosive ending.

What is next for SAMCRO?

Review:

Well what can I say?  This season has been incredible thus far.  The conflict, fear, anger and revenge are certainly making for a very intense season.   ‘The Mad King‘ was the perfect combination of everything that we the viewers love to see on the show.

Tara is confusing the crap out of me.  Is she coming or going?  For those of you that think you have it figured out, I wouldn’t count on it.  Kurt Sutter is not famous for giving away the direction of the season this early on.

I feel like Jax was back to the old Jax last night.  He is making the right calls and the evolution of his character has been one hell of a roller coaster ride.  I’m really liking the direction they are taking him.

I am definitely looking forward to the rest of this season.

Recap/Review: Sons of Anarchy Season 6 Episode 4 ‘Hands Off’

SoA-604-Recap_320x240WOW! Last night’s episode was beyond intense.  Kurt Sutter titled this episode ‘Hands Off‘ very appropriately (I will not tell you why).  There was no skimping on the blood, violence and deceit.

Recap:

Starting at the beginning of the  the episode, Jax gets a very surprising visit early in the morning.  I must say that I did not see this coming.  Jax’s visitor was the last person I expected to see again.  Jax was not the only person to receive a very odd early morning wake up.  Unser’s visit was much less pleasant than Jax’s.

One of my favorite things about ‘Sons of Anarchy‘ is the guest stars that they bring on.  The first special guest to join the ranks was none other than the badass Robert Patrick.  Mr. Patrick played the President of the San Bernardino  charter of Sons of Anarchy.  He is no stranger to the MC life, he is a proud member of the real life Boozefighters MC.  The next special guest was Jason Voorhees from the 2009 adaption of ‘Friday the 13th‘, Derek Mears.  Mr. Mears may be a comedian, but he is no stranger to playing large, scary individuals.  Derek played a member of Darby’s former crew.

With Jax attempting to clean up SAMCRO’s act, he is making a lot of calls outside of the club.  In ‘Hands off‘, Chibs give Jax a piece of his mind at the table about Jax’s new calls.  These two kind of bump heads more than once and there is a lot of obvious unspoken tension between them.

Speaking of Darby, he made an appearance last night.  He is not the same white power enforcing, drug dealing Darby that we used to know.  He has turned his bad on the Aryan Brotherhood and has completely turned himself around.  *SPOILER ALERT* Darby is now married to a Mexican girl and trying to keep his nose clean.  Because there was an issue with some of the Aryan crew, Jax and the rest of SAMCRO pay Darby a visit.  After convincing SAMCRO that he is no longer involved with his former crew, he works with SAMCRO to help them get to the bottom of some things involving his former brothers.

Tara’s behavior has become more shady and way more distant.  She is getting help in her crazy endeavors form two people that are no strangers to the club.  What is she really up to?  I think she could really go either way.  Kurt Sutter is not known for making his characters and their actions obvious, especially not this soon in the season.

For those of us that seen last week’s episode, we know Toric and his crazy pants know no bounds.  We also witnessed Toric do something very underhanded to try to frame a friend of the club.  Sheriff Roosevelt collects Nero and his tuck, but has some serious doubt that Nero is the one that murdered the girl.  He has a new suspect and for very good reason.  Nero is trying to get away from his violent past.  He and Gemma have a very serious discussion about their future together and his future as a partner to SAMCRO.

I had mentioned that ‘Hands Off‘ was a very bloody episode.  SAMCRO pay a group a visit and it turns bloody.  There is a very bloody confrontation with a group that SAMCRO has been in business with since John Teller sat at the head of the table.  There are three deaths on SAMCRO’s side.  Only one of which is one that I have been suspecting.  All of the death scenes in this episode were very violent and horror movie worthy.

Toric and his psycho antics continue to push Clay into ratting out the club.  He threatens Clay with the same punishment that he has brought down upon Otto.  Clay gets to visit an old friend in Stockton thanks to Mr. Toric.  He tries to use the opportunity to scare Clay into signing his papers.

At the end, we bid a very violent farewell to someone that wants SAMCRO gone and an equally as gory farewell to someone that has been a part of SAMCRO since the beginning.

Review:

Hands Off‘ was hands down (haha see what I did there) one of the best episodes I have seen in the six seasons that ‘Sons of Anarchy‘ has been around.

I love how Kurt is taking so many of the characters in different directions.  The intense inner conflicts of the characters make the threats more real and way more believable.

Season 6 is really shaping up to be one of the most intense, violent seasons yet.  There have been far more surprises just in the first four episodes than there has been in the previous five seasons.  I can not wait to see where things are going in Charming.  Will Bobby come back?  Will Tara stay in Charming?  Will Clay finally get it?  Will Tara end up back inside?  Only time will tell.

 

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

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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.

Sons of Anarchy Season 6 Episode 2 “One One Six” Recap/Review (No Spoilers)

sons1Sons of Anarchy season 6 is really heating up with the second episode of the season.  I promise not to give too much away for those of you that have yet to see this episode or the previous one.

One One Six was without a doubt was a very explosive episode.  In this episode, Lee Toric (Donal Logue) continues to gun for SAMCRO and its affiliated parties.  There was more brought to light on the school shooting and the boy that committed the crime.  There was also a lot of confusion.  Will Bobby return to SAMCRO, what is next for Jax and Tara and what is Clay going to do?

Sons of Anarchy is well known for the number of incredible guest appearances.  In last night’s episode, Steve Howey, best known for his roles as Van Montgomery on the popular show Reba and Stan Helsing in the campy horror comedy, Stan Helsing.  He was a great addition to the episode as a fellow SOA brother named Hopper.

Jax also has a very important meeting with some familiar faces in his quest to earn more legit for his club.  The meeting does not quite pan out the way that Jax was hoping, but there was an agreement made that is a step in the right direction for SAMCRO’s venture to earn legit.

With Lee Toric pressing to pin the school shooting on SAMCRO, trying to get Clay to rat and trying to make Tara suffer for his sister’s death, where will he draw the line?  Toric made a stop towards the end of the episode at a place that is very close to Jax and Nero.

There were a couple of deaths in this episode, but I will not say who.  The only spoiler I will give you is that they were close to one of the main characters, but were not what one would consider a major blow to the show’s cast.

One One Six was a definite thinker.  If you do not pay attention, you will get confused and you will miss some very important information about a couple main characters.  I personally love this episode and can not wait to see where Kurt Sutter will take this season of Sons of Anarchy.