Review By Smee
I was a little late getting onto the bandwagon of Kurt Sutter’s motorcycle drama “Sons of Anarchy”, but with so many of my friends watching and raving about it, I decided to see what they were all talking about. Thanks to Netflix, I ended up binge watching 5 seasons in a week and have been hooked ever since. Centered around Jackson “Jax” Teller (Charlie Hunnam) and the Sons of Anarchy Motorcycle Club (or SAMCRO for short), the series is a fast paced, multi-character driven drama that not only shows the doings of the MC, but the family and friend dynamics within the group, as well as with others in their community. If you haven’t seen the epic season 6 finale, be forewarned: there are some spoilers here.
Last season ended in a pretty big way. Jax’s wife Tara Knowles (Maggie Siff) is preparing to leave Charming. But she’s not leaving empty-handed: she’s also taking the son she had with Jax, as well as Jax’s son from a previous relationship with drug-addict Wendy (Drea De Mateo). Jax’s mom Gemma (Katey Sagal, who is just brilliant), refuses to let Tara steal away with her grandkids, and after an intense fight, Tara ends up dead on her kitchen floor with a barbeque fork in her noggin. She wasn’t the only casualty- Deputy Sheriff Eli Roosevelt (Rockmond Dunbar) was also slain, but by SAMCRO member Juice Ortiz (Theo Rossi). Juice shot him when he tried to arrest Gemma. He helps hide the truth about Tara’s death and is now on the lam. Gemma, on the other hand, begins pointing the finger at rival gangs. Jax, who did prison time for the murder, sets out to find who really killed his wife. Wendy is brought in when she finds Juice squatting at her apartment after she leaves rehab, and is brought back into the fold to help take care of Jax’s sons with Gemma. Of course also in the mix are the members of SAMCRO, none whom are safe with creator Kurt Sutter calling this season “the final ride”.
Season 7 is promising to be faster paced than the previous season, and they are certainly not skimping on the violence. “Sons of Anarchy” begins the final season tonight on FX.
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