“The Separation of Crows” is quite possibly Sons of Anarchy’s most sullen episode to date, and it spends a lot of its runtime staring down at the ground with eyes glossed over with the sting of compounded regrets. At least, when people aren't getting cut up and shot.
If you’re not watching Sons of Anarchy’s corpse-heavy final season, then I’m going to assume it’s because you missed a few of the final episodes in Season 6, as any other reason would be unjustified. Find that and more in this week's column.
It’s impossible for me to hold back my disgust for tonight’s episode, “Greensleeves.” Not that it was a terrible hour of television or anything, but the plots took turns for the worse.
Drea De Matteo is one lucky TV actress, starring in not one but several fan-favorite TV shows that have resonated with viewers. Due to her popularity on HBO’s The Sopranos as well as FX’s more recent series Sons of Anarchy, Matteo has been able to take home some pretty sweet props over the years.
Holy shit, folks. Another Sons of Anarchy episode, another gang bites the dust. “Smoke ‘Em if You Got ‘Em” is another piece of the ramp up towards the series’ finale, and characters are getting killed off by the vanload as we near the middle of Season 7.
Last week’s massacre at Diosa, beyond taking down a slew of escorts, put Henry Lin and his Chinese gang in everyone’s crosshairs, and the lie that he was responsible for Tara’s murder has now entered everyone’s ears, even Lin’s own.
Working all the angles means having one’s eyes and ears in all places at once, which is virtually impossible, even when everybody’s working together. Jax has been biting off more than he could chew for years now, but his schemes are now a lot more impulsive than they used to be, and SAMCRO is a lot more transparent than it used to be. Which is how we get to another signature Sons of Anarchy massacre.
“Playing with Monsters” opens with the elaborately constructed resuscitation scene from the softcore porno Skankenstein, which is one of the greatest things this series has ever given us, but this half-nude abomination is not one of the “monsters” the title is referring to. Of course, almost everyone on this show is some kind of a creature.
Even though the events that take place on FX’s Sons of Anarchy are often drowning in blood and sneers, the series’ off-screen announcements always bring smiles. And there’s a certain someone smiling in the picture above that SAMCRO fans have been waiting for: Venus Van Dam.
This week on Sons of Anarchy, Jax tries to do things to help the club and ends up doing something that could put him in unexpected danger. Good old Jax.
With a little luck, Sons of Anarchy’s final season will follow the same sort of trajectory as AMC’s harrowing drama Breaking Bad. Like the recently ended meth drama, Sons of Anarchy’s ratings have improved over time. If they continue to improve in the coming weeks, the finale might yield the kind of ratings the cable network doesn’t see very often.
We’re on our way out of a dauntingly hot summer, but FX is putting us right back into the heat with the Season 7 premiere of the intensity-swamped Sons of Anarchy. Charming has always been a dangerous place, but it’s always had a fairly sane Jax Teller in its population. And after last season, he'll never be the same again.
With a show like Sons of Anarchy, the plotlines come quick and are all layered on top of one another, and the long wait time between seasons means it’s easy to lose track of where these characters are when Season 7 kicks off, not to mention what their mental states are like. So we’re tackling five (or so) of the most relevant story points going into this season and offering a little backstory on each one so everybody can start off on the same level.
By the time winter rolls around, the smell of motorcycle exhaust will be gone from the air, as Sons of Anarchy’s final season will have finished. But that doesn’t mean it’ll be gone from our lives forever, as 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment is unleashing the Sons of Anarchy: The Collector’s Set on Blu-ray and DVD, and it’s got the greatest packaging imaginable.
There was a time when a TV series’ final season meant that the show’s worth had finally petered out to the point that it wasn’t feasible to keep producing episodes. But it’s an entirely different age of television, and the only thing petering out on FX’s Sons of Anarchy is everyone’s patience for everyone else, and things are going to end very badly for most people involved.