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Sons of Anarchy Review: Brides, Brothels and Beatdowns

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Pssst, Chibbs: That was a beautiful speech you gave at Jax and Tara's wedding tonight. But while you're praying for God to not close His hand too tightly around the newlyweds, can you pass the same message along the Pope and those no good Nomads?

Because SAMCRO is getting seriously squeezed from both ends after "Authority Vested."

Gemma and Nero

Following an explosive season premiere, Sons of Anarchy slowed things down a bit this week, by which I mostly mean no characters were burned to death. There were still cars giving chase, punches being thrown, rape being simulated and vows being exchanged.

Let's start there: Congratulations, Jax and Tara!

These two have kept it together through murdered FBI agents, stolen babies and broken hands. They most definitely belong together, but at what cost to Tara? She's doing her best to remain tough in the face of Gemma and as the Old Lady of the SAMCRO President, but it's not her nature - is it anyone's? - to encourage the sort of reckless behavior Jax often exhibits in the name of his biker family.

She's trying, she acknowledged that in a nice quiet moment between the couple this week, but it takes a special sort of woman to get married inside a brothel and wish her man good luck in prison on their wedding night.

It also takes a special sort of friend to get himself arrested in order to protect a pal, but that's Opie for you. I'm not sure how much I buy him needing Clay to cajole him back to the table - did Clay really say anything especially profound? And would Opie really listen to a thing Clay utters at this point? - but I do know I smiled and fist-pumped when he struck down those officers and joined Jax in handcuffs.

It just isn't Sons of Anarchy without this menacing teddy bear of a member.

However, no way can Ope be my favorite character at the moment, not when Nero is gleefully playing chicken because he "doesn't get out much" and is admittedly trying to impress Jax. What a ride it's been for Jimmy Smits through two episodes. The guy seems almost too good too be true, what with his caring for his son... and his protection of Gemma... and his no-questions-asked policy when housing the Sons.

But why speculate about the demons that may come out or the turn this may take when we can just sit back for now and watch a very different kind of outlaw sweet talk across the television screen each week. Nero has been a breath of fresh, fun air in Charming so far.

Elsewhere on the episode:

  • Another emotionally grueling scene for Kim Coates and Tig. If Smits has been having a blast for two weeks, it's hard to imagine how Coates felt while filming the murder scene with one daughter and then the hate-spewing scene with his other offspring. Painful stuff, beautifully performed all around.
  • Clay sort of came clean to the club. Now he convinced Opie to return. What game is he playing here? Does it involve what might happen inside the prison? Is he positioning himself to take over again if certain events befall Jax and Opie, the two men who know the truth?
  • No idea what the Nomads could possibly what with Clay's documents. Something related to the First 9 I'd have to imagine.

What did everyone else think of the episode? And what should we get Jax and Tara for a wedding gift?

Review

Editor Rating: 4.2 / 5.0
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Rating: 4.7 / 5.0 (130 Votes)

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keep Jimmy S. on and bring back 0PIE ,

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This is my original comnemt when I first listened to this:Thank you RoF for having Henry Rollins on! Henry, I’m a big fan of yours and you are funny but you are also a good person.You are doing great things to help the hungry. I also loved Henry’s take on these people who are down to their last penny but STILL have to have another kid. That bugs me as much as it does Henry! I liked his take on Palin and the 5 kids she has. I would like to know Henry’s thoughts on that family in AR the Duggars….you know, that couple who has cranked out 19 kids?! WTF?! Henry did alude to this just being a way for some people to think they are adding to the White population. But I think the Duggars, namely the wife, needs a shrink! This woman has a pregnancy fetish. Not normal..sorry. She has a psychological problem…no doubt. Henry is also upset as we are about this Citizens United. You bet this is Fascism! We just saw on the news about how Toyota is trying to make politicians back off on any investigation into their faulty cars. Citizens United decision already in progress. This is just the kind of stuff this horrible decision opens the door for.

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OMG!!!! Pay Jimmy Smits whatever he wants to stay for the last three seasons! WOW, did he just slide into the crew smoothly or what?? Just make sure Ron Perlman goes out with a very loud bang. But Gemma needs a man who is not going to beat on her whenever life does not go his way!

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jax22, you're so damn right! I hate most of the music with a burning passion, although there is some cool stuff like the song that plays after truck explosion in Ireland or Big Shot or Home Invasion. But all in all there's too much crap and the endings is where it is the worst. Not having those bland, factory-made ballads every damn episode could help make all the action and emotions more gripping and raw; and if one really wants to keep this formula: NIN's "Hurt" - that's the kind of ballad that would fit into the show, unless it was featured in an episode I didn't get to yet.

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i just wish Kurt would stop ruining this show with the music. I guess he thinks it's creative to mix in some song of his choosing, in with the necessary dialog to see how the episode ends.
As much as I love this show, this aspect makes me sick. Sometimes I just watch the last 3-5 minutes on mute with CC.
i guess he cares more about selling soundtrack CD"s than the quality of the show, and most of the music he's shoving down our throats if terrible anyway.
We get stuck with a crappy cover version and some unknown song by an unknown artist that is usually bad, with every episode!
It just ruins what could be one of the best shows on TV!
The part I HATE the most is the crappy music mixed in with dialog at the end of EVERY episode!

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@Flowers What part of the world are you're kids seeing SOA at 7 PM? And what was gonna traumatize them.

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This all in all is a good action show but the scene if Jemma getting it behind is WAY too MUCH! Especially when my kids just so happened to walk in the room when its airing at 7pm. When did Cable become full in porn and able to show EVERYTHING! Really its not HBO or SHOWTIME!.

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REST OF WHAT WAS CUT OFF ON ORIGINAL POST CONTINUED - Key point, he turns on everyone except Opie (this is going to be tricky writing) - Jax decision is against Tara's blossomed deep love for the club and life - Series finally has Jax in relocation doing some manual job when out of the blue, you hear a bike pull up, look back and it's Opie with gun- final conversation between them and bullet in Jax's head - Final scene of the show: Opie back at the clubhouse doing a shot when a voice asks if it's all done. Voice being Tara's! Opie has the gavel and a new old lady; and Gemma (oops, I mean Tara) is still in charge...... Kurt is Shakespeare with ink and a leather jacket!! Well done.

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Great start to the season. Only better things to come. Knowing there is only 2 more seasons, I see it playing out as follows: - Clay sacrifices himself for SAMCRO (Pope wants a SAMCRO member, what better to have than the old President, who everyone thinks is like Jax's father, and Clay knows he is going to be killed at some point anyway- poetic!) - Gemma is killed within the next 2 seasons at the hands of someone who is getting even with Nero (thus destroying the Nero/Jax relationship and furthering Jax from wanting the life) - SAMCRO gets back to business with Jax, Opie, and Tara running things (sound like the start of a familiar story?) - The NOMADs who are doing all the break-ins are under covers who are collecting evidence on SAMCRO - SAMCRO later busted on RICO case - Jax wants out anyway at this point and decides to turn rat and go into protective custody in order to avoid 25- life (his kids get to him) - Key point, he turns on everyone except Opie (this is going to be tricky writing) - Jax decision is against Tara's blossomed deep love for the club and life - Series finally has Jax in relocation doing some manual job when out of the blue, you hear a bike pull up, look back and it's Opie with gun- final conversation between them and bullet in Jax's head - Final scene of the show: Opie back at the clubhouse doing a shot when a voice asks if it's all done. Voice being Tara's! Opie has the gavel and a new old lady; and Gemma (oops, I mean Tara) is still in charge...... Kurt is Shakespeare with ink and a leather jacket!! Well done.

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where were jax' kids who was watching them? were they in a brothel room left alone? love jimmy smits hope he stays a "good guy" and doesn't betray the sons. hate clay he needs to go.