Sons of Anarchy: I Now Pronounce You Man, Wife, and a Pile of Dead Bodies

Sons of Anarchy


Finally! I can wear leather and little else again without people looking at me funny. That can only mean Sons of Anarchy is back on FX! The last time we saw the hirsute hog riders they were headed to prison, and it was a good thing. In Season 4's appropriately named opener "Out," the boys got out of the slammer 14 months later. Would the members of the Sons of Anarchy Motorcycle Club Redwood Original come out changed men? Rehabilitated and ready to contribute to society? Yeah. Rrrrrrrright.

Before we got to their wayward ways, creator Kurt Sutter spent a large chunk of the 90-minute premiere reinforcing what's important to him with his show: a sense of family, respect, and loyalty. For all the press Sons of Anarchy gets for its shooting, stabbing, exploding, head cracking, and raping, the heart of the series lies with the camaraderie between SAMCRO's club members and the love between couples. And we saw it, possibly to a point of exhaustion, between Jax and Tara, Gemma and Clay, Opie and his porn-star fiancée, and pretty much everyone else with everyone else. Is there any other show on television right now that conveys the personality of its showrunner more obviously? Sutter makes headlines for his outspoken tirades that rumble through downtown Twitter, but if you've ever heard him talk about his wife (Katey Sagal), it's obvious that beneath the veneer of hardcore tough guy is just a softie.

But if all SAMCRO did was talk about their feelings and hug it out, things would get boring pretty quickly. The final minutes showed us the other side of SAMCRO, the kind of SAMCRO that doesn't mind using a wedding of one of its own (yeah, Opie!) as cover for eliminating a chief rival... during the bride and groom's dance. That's hardcore.

That's what makes Sons of Anarchy such a compelling drama, and one of the better ones on television. It's an unlikely marriage of crime and violence with respect and familial honor. No other show on television handles that kind of duality in the same way.

It's too early to tell where SAMCRO's decision to off the Russians will go, but it was clear that they had overstayed their welcome. We got the download on the situation thanks to some nifty exposition from the Feds: Clay figuratively stabbed the Russians in the back on a deal, so the Russians literally stabbed Jax in the side as retaliation. Clay made peace by giving them some big business while he was in the clink, but now that they're out, what's the point in keeping them around? Blam blam blam. Problem solved!

"Out" also laid the groundwork for what is looking like a more even and focused season after season 3's meandering Irish storyline, even if one of the big bad guys is a wussy real estate developer. But no matter what color the collar of their enemy, Sons of Anarchy works best when the club is battling for its own turf, and this time around the boys will be clashing with new Sheriff Roosevelt and creepy US District Attorney Lincoln Potter. Methinks "Linc" will be a personal favorite.

But when all was said and done, "Out" was relatively tame when compared to the last two season openers, which featured the rape of a main character, a shootout at a funeral, and someone getting their head crushed in on the pavement. Instead, this season of Sons of Anarchy started off more on the safe side and returned to the show's roots, exposing the soft underbelly of the series that is really about what holds the club together.

Notes:
... Is this the season that Jax will finally leave SAMCRO, or is he still all talk?

... Do you like the show's tender moments, or would you rather SAMCRO stick to riding around town and beating people over the head with sticks?

... Looks like we have to wait another week for Danny Trejo, the show's big-name addition to the cast.

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after soooooo much waiting, they are finally back, and the episode definitely did not disappoint. this was a great episode, this season should be sweet
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Love this show!! I thought it was a brilliant intro into the new season. Stuff is definitely gonna hit the fan. I do like the tender moments as they lend more weight to things that will probably happen later in the season.
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Good intro to the season. Not a great one. Like how they set it up though. Glad Unser is still alive and kicking it in his motor-home.
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Superb come back :D
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I thought the season opener was a awesome SAMCRO killed the Russian's with there own Guns I mean that's hardcore.
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I'm happy with the show overall, and happy with this season's first episode, but there's too much music, overdoing a Miami Vice tactic. Sometimes there's too much 'heart and soul,' or family, and I think that's where season 3 went wrong. And if I hear Gemma say "This is somethin' I gotta do" AND the action that follows one more damn time, I'm shooting my television. I like my television.
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i liked the mushy stuff...it made the girl in me smile like a goofy cartoon character - but I'm just wondering, yeah opie's wifey is a porn-star, but seriously? that wedding dress was a joke! the scalpel in the ear was pretty hardcore, and the ending scene was definitely bad ass! can't wait for next week!
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I'm one of those weirdos that believes a show can have balance. So I'll take my shankings and lovey dovey scenes. As long as they do them right its all good. I think Jax may finally leave during the final season. I think he's finally getting sick of life and what he thought he was supposed to be. And yes that US DA is super creepy.
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Loved the ending! I was afraid at first that Kurt killed himself off the show in the beginning, but was happy to see it wasn't true. He only needed to get sent to the infirmary. I didn't think it was too mushy. I think Jax is serious, but something may happen that may derail him from being able to leave. I can't wait for next week, love Danny. Think Sons of Anarchy is a perfect show for him to be on. LOVE THIS SHOW!!!!!!
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This show is like FNL, one of the consistently best yet so unappreciated!

Sagal is an amazing actress!

I see 2 more years in that they talk about Clays hands and Jx says thats when he wants to leave.

This show is so different, I love it. What, its not like NCIS or whatever??? Who cares!!!!!
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FNL was one of the best shows of all time and and SOA is def. up there in the ability of the writers to keep a strong story going on.
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You seem to be overlooking the fact that the real estate developer is also the Mayor of Charming....
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The boys are back! Really enjoyed this episode, you're right, it wouldnt be Sons of Anarchy without some massive artillery-induced bloodshed.



I'm more afraid for Tara now that she's lost the element of surprise to Gemma. IT's gonna be a blowout
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Dayton Callie (Unser) should get an award next year. He was awesome in this ep. It made me feel so bad, so sad...that's good acting.

Jax will never leave SAMCRO. He can try...but he won't leave.

My bet it'll be like the nomad thing. He was about to leave and Gemma told him and Clay she was raped by Zobelle's guys and he was out of the nomads in a second.

I loved the premiere...it was different, it did setup the main problem this season, but when you think SAMCRO is in check about to get checkmate, samcro throws the chess board in the air and they start a new game...but the "whites" have lost a few peons in the process.



Otto is awesome. Who the fuck cuts his wrist just to get a knife into a man's ear in retaliation for Jax's off-screen stabbing?
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Good start but it's too early to tell if this season will be up being awesome like s2 or craptacular like s3.
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Everything is just perfect. I wouldn't wanna change a thing. I think Jax will come very close to leaving ....but ..... something always happens - like Gemma seeing "the letters" .....

SOA forever :)
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Fantastic episode. Although I never really forgot, it still reminded me of how much I love this show. I think Jax'll try to leave this season, but the club will have some sort of setback (like, not making all that money), which'll "force" him to stay on longer. I think he'll eventually leave next season. Also, I like the tender moments. As with Breaking Bad, it's the slower moments (and here, the tender lovey-dovey family moments) that make the action scenes that much more awesome.
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