Jessica Jumps In: A Newbie's Sample Of Sons Of Anarchy
Dramas can be a tough sell, and there’s none tougher than Sons of Anarchy, FX’s motorcycle gang drama is all about brotherhood and loyalty. The show’s been on the air for most of five seasons, and has been wreaking havoc for nearly all of that time. There’s never a dull moment in Sons of Anarchy, but precisely because there is never a dull moment, some of us may never have found a good reason to jump in and give the series a shot. If the lengthy “scenes from last week” segment at the beginning of each episode doesn’t clue you in to the complications of the series, I’m not sure anything could. However, the real question is whether or not SOA is worth getting into this late in the game.
While there are shows that are easier to invest in if they are watched from Day 1, luckily there are plenty of shows with the ease of plot or the writing finesse to help people to jump into any episode and get involved with a new series. To determine whether a show falls in to the former or latter camp, TV Blend writer Jessica Rawden has vowed to watch episodes of shows she’s never seen before and analyze those show in different areas to let you, the reader, know how quickly you could become a fan. This week Jessica is tackling Sons of Anarchy’s Season 5 Episode 10 drama “Crucified.”
1. Quality Of Story
Before the show even gets past the scenes from last week, it’s vividly apparent that Sons of Anarchy is a dense and detailed endeavor, sketched out carefully to create tons of drama and leave an intense impression on viewers. Precisely because there is so much going on, it’s difficult to just drop into the story and know who to trust and who to root for. Unfolding this mystery is half the fun, though, and certainly says something about the quality of the script.
I could see how the petty infights in the crew and the standoffs between various motorcycle clubs could potentially get repetitive, but just one episode in—and a special 1 ½ long (with commercials) episode at that—the storyline is gripping, and all of the various characters seem connected. One plot flows into another capably, and characters seem to show up in different scenes for reasons that make sense. It’s hard to tell 100% of what is going on after only one episode, but there’s no doubting this is a quality show.
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