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Sons of Anarchy S06E04: "Wolfsangel"

Ed. note: We're trying something a little different this season with our Sons of Anarchy reviews. Instead of having one person compose his or her thoughts for you each week, we've decided it might be more fun to tag-team SOA in a conversation-style review. That way, you'll get two different perspectives on TV's most violent drama.


KAITLIN: This week, Sons of Anarchy continued its march toward... well, I don't know what it's marching toward anymore. There are so many plot threads going at once that it's hard to tell what Kurt Sutter's Season 6 game plan really is, other than to get SAMCRO out of the gun-running business. I know that as we get further and further into the season all the various storylines will begin to come together and form a clearer picture, but some of them—like Tara's for instance—still feel so distant from the rest of the action that I almost forget about them until they pop up in 30-second blips between everything going on with the Irish, and with Toric and Clay. It's not that they're not important, but when Toric's getting shanked by Otto in jail, it's hard to focus on Tara's shady dealings with Wendy.

TIM: So much going on! Just look at how Jax's day started: Tig showed up on Jax's doorstep when he should have been dead, San Bernardino voted down the gun business, Unser got a swastika carved into his chest because some white-power jerks are after the club, and then Jax learned about the dead hooker that Toric killed and framed Nero for. I'm pretty sure all that happened even before he could have a single spoonful of Froot Loops. But I really liked how "Wolfsangel" played out, with the self-contained story wrapping up nicely by episode's end and all the other craziness taking big steps. Or maybe I just liked all the violence. Cuz people be DEAD. 


KAITLIN: Super dead. SAMCRO rolled up with their guns out and they took care of business. And I think that was the first moment since the beginning of this season where I felt like my favorite show was back. For the last three weeks I've felt like the club was merely reacting to the things happening around them, that they were just treading water. Who knew all it took to spur Jax into action was having two of his men killed and dismembered (R.I.P. Phil and Whatshisface)? But as long as I'm talking about dead members: R.I.P. Otto, too. We probably all knew it was coming, but at least he went out on his own terms.

TIM: Yes, Otto died the way he lived, killing someone and bleeding from his anus. And the person he killed was Toric. As I said last week, I loved Toric and the ridiculousness he brought to this show, but I have to wonder: Why is he dead now? And isn't rule number one in this prison "DO NOT GO INTO A ROOM ALONE WITH OTTO"? Toric gave him a pen, for crying out loud, and even turned his back on Otto. I knew it was coming as soon as he went in there, but it was still a total shock to me from a story standpoint. Toric had just set up Nero for hooker murder with a sloppy frame job, and when Roosevelt did some research on him I was like, "OOOOOH it is ON for Roosevelt vs. Toric!" And I got all excited about that. He was working with D.A.C.C.H., and he was instrumental in linking Clay to the rest of the season. He was a pest to SAMCRO, but he never got that big confrontation with Jax. And now he's dead. This was either intentional, to keep us on our toes, or Kurt Sutter realized that he'd exhausted Toric's storyline. Or maybe that Vikings and Copper workload was too much for Donal Logue. Either way, I'm failing to see Toric's role in the big picture (other than to get the D.A. on the case), and I think his death was premature. I know I would have liked to have seen him stick around longer and kill some more whores, dance naked, and break his hands against a table again. 

KAITLIN: I agree; I think Toric's death came out of nowhere. I was SO ready for Roosevelt to lay the smackdown on him, and now that will never happen. This completely blows up where I thought that story was headed, which was probably the point. I guess Toric wasn't the big bad of the season after all. Well played, Mr. Sutter, well played. However, you couldn't fool me with regard to Tara's story. I totally called it that Tara and Wendy were working together, and I'm kind of really pissed off about it. Tara's insistence that she wants to remove herself and the boys from Charming is fine, but now she's working with Wendy and Lowen to build a case against Jax and the club, and you know what? Screw that. On one hand, I know that Tara's actually the most sane person on this show and that I should be all, "YOU GO, TARA" for protecting her family. But on the other hand, I know this is going to end up as another Tara and Gemma fight and that shit is OLD. Also, thinking rationally about SOA tends to make the viewing experience less enjoyable, so I'm getting tired of considering the real-world implications of this series. Now I just want to see Jax and Chibs blow some shit up.

TIM: Jax is definitely on the warpath. Chibs seemed more level-headed about everything and questioned Jax, and he even requested a "breather" after the Irish murdered Phil and Prospect John Doe. Though the theme has been repeated over and over and over and over, I liked Chibs' talk with Jax in the clubhouse, where Chibs said, "You know who you sound like? The guy who used to sit in that seat." Following in the footsteps of Opie and Bobby, I guess it's time for Chibs to be the guy who tells Jax that he's more like Clay than his old man. You'd think if a bunch of your pals were telling you that you were acting like a dick, you'd realize that you were acting like a dick. But Jax has taken to the presidency like a despot, working his own deals without talking to the table, and for what he thinks is the benefit of the club. And it looks like the Irish are next on his to-do list. Now, with that business relationship in trouble, what happens to Clay? He was only alive to keep the Irish happy if they needed him.

KAITLIN: "It always comes back to Clay" really should have been the tagline for this series. Strangely enough, I suspect that Jax probably thinks he needs Clay now more than ever. He'll use him to finally formulate a real plan to extract the Sons from the Irish deal once and for all. I guestimate this will take the rest of the season and involve some sort of convoluted plan, but in the end, the club will be out of the gun business. The guns will probably be handed off to August and his men, possibly with a side of Clay. However, I will never be satisfied unless Jax gets to kill Clay himself.

TIM: Well, we all know that won't happen until the very end of the series, right? As much fun as I had watching "Wolfsangel," I now find myself wondering where the show stands. With Toric out of the way, all his business goes with him, right? All that time spent killing hookers and framing Nero was for naught. How will the D.A. react to the news? Will Toric's death help or hurt her investigation? What will Roosevelt do about Toric's death? Can Nero get out of this with no damage? What happened to the school shooting, are we over that now? There are still some Persians out there, right? Where is this season headed? Just when things were focused, they got cloudy.   


R.I.P. FILTHY PHIL!!!



SKIDMARKS

– Toric: "I didn't even see that coming," he said as he got shanked in the side by Otto. You were the only one, Toric.

– Big body count in this episode, especially for main characters! Otto, Toric, and Filthy Phil are all done. Yet what do their deaths mean? We may not know for a while.

– Nero lurrrves Gemma now. They may be the cutest couple on television!

– It was a bad week to be pro-Nazi! First it was Jack and his crew on Breaking Bad, and now this slaughter. 

– Tig playing Rat's dad, Alan WHITEMAN, was hilarious. Nice to see Kim Coates get to change it up a little. 

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Am I the only one that finds Galen extremely sexy?
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Tara isn't trying to bring down the club, she's trying to build a defence for divorce custody. Hated Toric, pointless storyline. Wonder whose side Chibs will take vs. the Irish.

Trying to figure out how hamlet plays into this and how Gemma and Clay and Jax will all die at the same time.
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I was disappointed they snuffed out Toric so early, but I'm psyched about the prospect of a massive revenge fest against the Irish
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I think the show is more focused now it tied up some ends I didnt like about the season. Toric? Never liked his angle. Nazis? Been played out already. Prison shanking and checking in on Otto? puh-leeze. All that is left is for Nero to decide he's out and for Clay to die and this series will go back to being great.

Boy the Irish mob doesn't play around. I've always liked this plot point and cannot wait until the bloody confrontation.

Another 90+ minute ep. Finally one that actually paid off. Super violent. Here is that tiny giraffe to help you get through it.

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Since we kinda know that next season is the last season, I wonder if we should be looking at the show like there is 2 seasons or maybe just one long season. Just a thought. Now I think I will go to bed and think some more about it.
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I appreciate you're trying something new with the review style, but I for one do not enjoy it.

The style you've gone for doesn't suit the format. You'd be better off having a video review area, where 2 (or more) people discuss an episode. I realise being in different areas of the world complicates doing that but that's the style you're trying to achieve, a couple of friends talking about what they just watched.

I'm absolutely trying to be constructive, so please don't think I'm just having a moan. What I enjoyed previously (and still do with other reviews) is an actual breakdown of the events that transpired in that episode. What we have now is 2 people saying to each other, "Woah, did you see that bit?" and "Yeah, it was crazy! Did you see that bit?". There seems to be less emphasis on what happened and more on how you felt watching it or some witty remarks.

Kudos for trying something new but I hope we see a return of the original review style.

P.S. I'd happily watch/listen to a vlog or podcast review in this style. I think it'd be enjoyable.
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Good to see I'm not the only one who feels a bit put out by what appears presently to be a wasted storyline with Lee Toric. While he did remind me a bit of the weirdo Federal prosecutor Linc Potter (Ray McKinnon) of S04, all the buildup over the guy last season and how evil he was this season, for him to die in such a spectacularly craptastic fashion feels a giant let down. So glad we invested in you Mr Toric, you are utterly meaningless.

My fav part of the episode was Unser asking Gemma, "what if the kids had been here?". Finally someone is acting like they have a brain in their head. I'm not totally defending Tara, but I think hating on her for any actions she is taking to ensure the safety of her children is in the same vein as hating on Skyler White for opposing Walt when he went full Heisenberg. Gemma is out of her mind and has long since overstepped her place.
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Things are actually looking up for Clay for a few reasons - which i'm sure everyone is happy about
1) Toric is gone, but the DA knows of Clay and thinks she can turn him. Well without Toric and his hate for the MC driving the case, Clay can direct the investigation elsewhere. So the white supremacists can now successfully be blamed for supplying the guns, if Jax contacts August Marks and gets Clay to sell the story the way he wants
2) Clay is now essential to pacifying the Irish. They only want to deal with him - and seeing as Marks is now interested in the gun trade, Clay should have guaranteed protection (and Tig gets to live as a bonus
3) With Toric gone, Nero will get the blame for the escorts murder, which hurts Gemma and Jax = good times for Clay

Things not looking good for Jax=

1) Tara and Wendy look like they are trying to flank both him and Gemma. Wendy's transcript and Tara's pregnancy should stop Jax from hurting them. I'm guessing Gemma ends up in jail and it has something to do with that gun she gave Wendy. So Jax will lose his wife, kids and mother by seasons end.
2) Nero going to jail means the clubs escort business loses its boss.
3) The Irish - he cant kill them all. He may be able to get away with killing 2-3 of them, but common sense dictates that will be the most. And he will have to use Clay as an intermediary to set up a deal with the Irish and Marks so the club can get out of guns relatively unscathed (the Irish still need the money so they will accept Jax killing some of the guys who chopped up his members)
4) The club is losing members - 2 died this week, Clay is gone and they never replaced Bobby
5) The fact that he is not consulting "the table" on certain decisions could lead to a few members joining Bobby in his nomad club - Chibs,Tig and Juice being the most likely

Toric's death has both helped and hindered Jax. Realistically Nero cant be cleared, but the gun investigation can now be directed to the White supremacists
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agree with most but I think Anderson is suspicious of Toric and if he tracks down where he was staying then I doubt Toric got all the forensic evidence removed---he didn't have a lot of time. I think it comes down to how much Anderson wants to get the real killer as opposed to just "clearing a case".
Also I'm not sure I trust Wendy not to double cross Tara.
I'm hoping Bobby comes back to help out the club and brings with him the other people he recruited. It's a long shot but a gal can hope.
Gemma's ending will depend on what Katie wants (isn't she married to sutter)....
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"Gemma's ending will depend on what Katie wants (isn't she married to sutter)...." - he already wrote her being gang raped, so i assume putting her in prison or just killing her would be a nice change of pace
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whatever showcases her acting abilities
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"whatever showcases her acting abilities"- so Sutter is going to write a |Married with children themed episode ;-)
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A lot to like...a lot not. Clay and Tig skating death....yet again. Toric just being wasted... Yet overall enjoyable.
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Teflon Tig still lives to breath another day....WTH. Sorry, just not a Tig fan and have been waiting for his demise since Opie departed. But at least Toric is gone, and unfortunately Otto went with him. But at some point Otto had to be put out of his misery. I was also getting geared up for Roosevelt and Toric showdown, but his death caused a U-turn. However IMO Roosevelt is going to showdown with someone it's just a matter of who. I also got the feel that this eppy was about redeeming Clay in some type of way...give him his props for not ratting out the club but sorry, he still has to expire. Gemma & Nero said the words that seem like death chimes "I love you." And I so like Nero, but let's be real, he's too good to be hanging around SAMCRO. Tara and Wendy, got a feeling Wendy's going to get the short end of the stick....Gemma's no fool and Unser is a Gemma whisperer.
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I don't mean to be rude, Tim, but this new review format really sucks. This is like trying to read two reviews at the same time. The wit and sarcasm that make your reviews funny, fun, and interesting, are gone. Even a more condensed review from you or either one of you, would be better. Just sayin.......
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I was going to initially write it off for having no progress about 45 minutes in, but then things picked up. Filthy Phil will be missed, but we hardly knew him. I guess it was a good ending for Otto, Toric not so much. I was honestly bored with Toric, so I'm not bummed to see him go. I am interested in seeing how SAMCRO deals with the Irish. I can respect Clay's loyalty, but he should still be dead. The sight of Gemma nowadays just provokes an eye roll. I don't know, I'm just sick of her. She isn't half the character she was in the earlier seasons. All the death was entertaining, but I still feel emotionally detached with this show.
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I don't get why many are saying there is too much going on. I loved it ! I loved everyone in the club seems every busy. I loved that the story gets intense and I must watch the show with my full attention. I rather have this then some shows where there is nothing going on and the story don't seem to move at all.

Sutter is a master at playing the audience. We all expect Tig to die in this episode but it turn out to be Toric. I do hope he as a better plan because if he does not then I get the feeling he is doing it JUST to surprise the audience.

I was kind of laughing when Toric told Clay that there will be a gentleman who had been visiting Otto coming to visit him in the morning. I just cannot imagine Clay being raped but I guess now that Toric is dead, Clay might be saved from some anal torture :-)

I totally support Tara. She probably now see that Jax is beyond redemption and is out to save her kids. If Jax were not being brought up in this environment or if he had got out in the earlier seasons, he will not end up being the man he is today.
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I really want a KG-9;-)

Fantastic episode and maybe it's because I like violent tv shows but this episode knocked it out of the park.

At first I thought Clay would kill Toric, and then I knew Otto would kill him but he didn't need the shank/knife since he could of just used the pen**

I can relate to people feeling that they "should" root for Tara (or a "good guy" or a "less bad guy") but I got over that a while back when rooting for Tony Soprano and for Walter White. I don't feel guilty or bad for rooting for some bad guys especially if I understand their reasons (even if I don't agree with it/them) for their behavior even though IRL I think all the "bad guys" should be locked up. In fiction (tv, movies, daydreams, fantasies) I have no problem with cheering for people/actions that I would abhor IRL. All that being said, I still have mixed feelings about Tara.

I'm thrilled with unpredictability in tv shows. Toric dying was unpredictable until you saw Clay with the shank/knife. First, I didn't think Toric would die this early in the season (love the surprise with that). Next, I thought Clay would kill him (again I was happy to be surprised). Lastly, I wasn't surprised with Otto killing him by the time we got to that scene but even that scene played out differently then I thought it would. Good job SoA!

I do wonder why Jax didn't tell the Irish about August (or which ever of August's diversified businesses want the gun action)....

I'm so happy Tig is alive!

Not killing all the Iranians on the boat is going to come back and haunt Jax and his club.

I'm going to "kind of sort of" miss Toric and his crazy antics but I liked the surprise of him dying so early in the season.

Excellent that Otto exacted revenge on Toric and then ended his own suffering by committing suicide/death by "cop".

Apparently I like shows with high body counts (Spartacus, Breaking Bad, Banshee and so many more)...it feeds my inner sociopath;-) However I also like shows like Whose Line is it Anyway, TBBT, Suits, etc....

**stab pen into the neck just lateral to the midline and then move back and forth in a horizontal manner and you could severe the carotid artery and jugular vein...even with good collateral flow from the vertebral arteries and contralateral carotid artery it wouldn't help given the rate of blood loss from the cut carotid artery since the arterial system is a high pressure system. With the inability to apply adequate pressure and lack of immediate access to vascular surgery, Toric could of been killed with his own pen.
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Best episode of the season. I just want Jax to know if I lived in his fictional world, I would follow him blindly and I wouldn't compare him to Clay. A little worried how Toric's death will effect the season arc but it's not a big deal, this show is great no matter what.
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One thing that is clear... its all downhill from here.
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Its been downhill for a while actually; its just picking up speed now....
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Best episode of this season so far,but I think they made it easy to kill Toric. Clay visits Otto on Toric's demand and then he goes and just hugs him? RED FLAG TORIC!!! Toric visits Otto one last time,sure Otto,let's give those restrains off of you and let me also turn my back from you,have complete faith in you buddy,even though I had you raped every morning...RED FLAG!!!
This really bugged me,how is they made it and stupid at the same time. And then there was "I didn't see that coming" line...really SOA!?!?!
Rest was great and can't wait for next week.
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I think Sutter needs to lay off the gore and shock value for an episode or two and give viewers a breather. This season is so far a little bit all over the place with each episode being its own contained unit of death and destruction without really carrying on to the next e.g. school shooting, Persians, etc.

I'm however glad that Sutter finally let Otto go. It was way past his time. Not sure I could've taken him abusing that character any longer.
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You sound like Chibs. We need to settle scores not a breather :-)
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What can I say the man does have a point!
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Good episode!
And yeah, yeah, ok, rip phil.... but RIP OTTO!!!!! :'(

I am quite curious were the show will go now. Back to the Irish? Running from the DA? Deeper into (har har) the porn business? Or dealing with dirty cops in Stockton?
I HOPE that it focuses on internal SOA business (Bobby's nomads, the always decreasing remaining of Sam Crow, Robert Patrick and the SAMDINO charter) and Jax's family problems (never a good sign when your lawyer, your ex, and your current spouse (and her boss) joins forces...).

And I want Nero and Gemma to live happily ever after. Please Mr Sutter? Please!? What? ...oh... bummer :(
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We should make a drinking game. Every time Jax says brother, take a shot. I'd be messed up quick. lol
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I had taken from it that Toric saying "I didn't even see that coming" was in response to the guard running out of the room? Maybe I read that wrong, but that was totally my take.
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Rest in peace, Phil. May you stay filthy forever
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two thoughts:
1. I don't think Tara will actually file the case. I think she'll show it to Jaxs, holding a mirror to himself, and he'll either understand that the boys need to go or that she will go through with it... I'm curious to see what happens with this because I think Tara has had enough of Jax's good intentions and in the other hand Jax's is tired of explaining himself, so this ought to be interesting....

2. Bobby will save the day!!! Don't know when, don't know how but I have a feeling Bobby will comeback with a solution for the gun problem, or whatever big problem they're dealing this season... I refuse to believe he would walk away...

This season is getting too complicated... It's kind of exhausting watching it sometimes. I watch the episodes with the "now what?" attitude! isn't this getting to convoluted??? Jax and Galindo, Jax and the club, Jax and Tara, Jax and Nero, Jax and Touric (i'm glad that sadistic prick is dead!), Jax and Clay, Jax and August, Jax and I'm-giving-up-Tig-AGAIN (what's up with that???!!!) and then you enter the flavour of the day, this ep it was Jax and the neo-nazis!! Jax said something seasons ago that really resonates with the feeling I get when I watch SOA now "The bond that holds this club together isn’t about love or brotherhood anymore. We lost that a long time ago. It’s just fear and greed now."
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"I Didn't Even See That Coming" You and me both Toric and mean this season is getting bloodier by the episode
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I reckon Tara is hoping she won't have to play the cards she been stacking the deck with. If she goes to jail for killing Ms Toric she will, but otherwise she hopes to get the kids out from under the violence by getting Jax to agree the madness has gone too far.
Unser will go along with it because he's equally concerned that the boys don't get caught up in the chaos.
Jax really needs to man up and stand up to his mother. It's too late for him, that ship had sailed before the TV series began, but he'll prolly see letting Tara take the boys far far away is in everyone's best interest.
That will provide him with his big opportunity to cut the apron strings that have has him tied to mommy like a little bitch since forever.

I can't see it playing any other way firstly cause there isn't much to be got aside from a couple of spoons of soapie dreck in having this storyline play out in some sorta high drama.
Secondly having to remember to have the kids with someone doing something 24/7 must be getting to be a drag for the scripters, its sure boring as all get up for the viewers.
This is particularly so since the club members have gotten sparser than the hairs on Unser's comb over - its become impossible to have enough Sons in one place at one time to do anything much, unless the kids are there too.

Killing the kids is prolly not the way they want to go since that would hafta end in more Sons dead or in prison from 'avenging' the kids' deaths, plus it would turn Jax's character into something even less appealing that it has already developed and that is pretty un-appealing of late.
He's turned into such a miserable embittered bastard now, knocking his kids would be the final straw I reckon.
Tell ya the truth it almost feels as though SoA is in its final season except they aint gonna go out with a bang, more a whimper, or most likely a click as the last Son leaving the table turns out the light.
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Everyone has been begging for Clay's death for awhile now, but this episode showed how strong Clay's loyalty to the club really is. I enjoyed Toric's death at Otto's hands more than I ever could any possible death for Clay. I'm glad Clay made it possible for Otto to kill the man who had made his life a living hell!!!!!!!!! Most viewers are emotionally invested in Tara, and this season there just isn't any emotional connection. Viewers will not forgive her if she ever turns on Jax or Samcro. She has turned stone cold which makes it hard to like her or even relate to her.
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I'll admit that I've wanted Clay dead for awhile but I agree that his loyalty is starting to sway me.
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I think you've hit the nail on the head with Tara. She's no longer the emotional tether to the audience that she once was. But I also think that's the point. There's only so much she can take before she says enough is enough. The Club changed her. I do hope we'll eventually get back to the old Tara and the Tara that viewers care about though.
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Why did Galen kill Phil? Were doughnuts busy? Jokes aside I'm glad to see that go nowhere character go and what fun after Jax demands Galen keep his hands off his club for Galen to show Jax his hands on approach. Jax has been acting like a selfish dick for a while making decisions that effect everyone without their consent. Marks has his hooks in Jax and may as well stick his hand us his ass and make him a puppet. The ominous tone when he said it just wasn't Tig's time yet makes me think he is planning to demolish samcro once he is done bleeding every dime out of their ventures and Jax seems all to eager to offer him up a cut of anything, even cara cara that he hasn't even started back up yet. I'm hoping the fact that Jax didn't offer the Irish a deal with Marks means he sees it coming and plans to strike first.
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The unlucky prospect's name was V-Lin. Complain to the captioner if that ends up being incorrect.

In that same vein, I noticed a slight spelling discrepancy between Wikipedia's article on the show's recurring cast members and that given by the closed captioning. WP says the Irish guy's name is Galaan but the CC consistently spells it Gaalan. If I had to choose one as being correct, my gut says to go with Gaalan. Galaan would strike me as having a different pronunciation. Plus, I think the people that caption this show have inside access to details that most folks don't seem to have. Yeah, yeah, much ado about nothing, but still...
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As someone who also watches shows with CC on, thank you for taking the time to let "the others" know correct spellings of names.
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"Thrice happy he whose name has been well spelt..." - Lord Byron

:-)

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I'm glad Toric's gone, we expected his demise but much later. Toric added a sense of predictability to the show that stopped me from enjoying it as much I had before; his "premature" death threw everything probably most of us expected out of the window and the show will be better for it.

Rather than a drawn out death to the club, we don't exactly know what's next. Sure, the club might still have a miserable end, but now it doesn't seem like such a sure thing.
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Kurt Sutter is the crash and burn king if The Shield is any indicator. So yea the club may be headed for disaster. I was happy they didnt drag out the Toric thing as well. Nice of em to clean that ridiculous mess up. Toric's actions were obviously contrived to cause the sons problems and it played it in a painfully obvious way. Like Tig's completely uncalled-for drowning of the persian guy, just so he could lie to Jax and they could have more problems.

Not to be nitpicky, all shows do this but its generally not nearly as obvious.
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So, now I'm expecting Tara or Wendy to be dead soon. How long is Wayne going to keep what he walked into quiet? I don't know, but it felt like Three's Company up in there.
Toric's last words were the best.
I'm from San Bernardino, so seeing that patch on a SOA cut was awesome.
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He won't tell a thing. Remeber at the beginning he got cut up and said what if the boys were here. unser knows that the club is a bad environment for the kids and that the club is going down. He himself is loyal to Gemma but he won't tell becuase he actually wants the kids to leave Charming and the club.
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Exactly.
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I really enjoyed this episode. As much as I hate to admit it, I can see the club moving in a direction from which it can't possibly recover. Whatever good intentions Jax may have had to preserve and restore SAMCRO to it's glory days, it's become evident that his leadership is hastening their demise. I've always respected Jax as the thinker in the club, the one member who was always thinking two steps ahead of everyone else. But, I think he's learning that it's a weary head that wears the crown. He's juggling more balls than he can possibly keep in the air, and he seems to be losing perspective. His decision to sacrifice Tig makes me wonder if any member in that situation would have been immune from that sacrifice, which further reminds me of the old saying "absolute power corrupts absolutely". Perhaps JT didn't realize what Clay knew, and what Jax is learning: you can't be a good guy while, at the same time, be the president of an outlaw motorcycle club. Jt's vision of what SAMCRO could be may have died on the day he was murdered by Clay. I think this might be the lesson that's guiding Jax's decisions. As VP, Bobby never seemed loyal to Jax's presidency, but Chibs has always been extremely loyal to Jax, and even he has begun to question Jax's decisions.

I was glad to see Otto take vengeance on Toric. I'm a fan of Donal Logue (loved him on Copper), but he was beginning to become the annoying fly that couldn't be swatted away. I was happy to see him finally swatted, and I was even happier to see Otto put out of his misery. How much torture and abuse can one man endure??????

I see dark days ahead for Tara and Wendy. I wouldn't be surprised if one or both of them don't survive the season, though my gut tells me Tara will live to see another season. But Wendy is a dead woman walking.

And, in a perfect world Nero would be able to extract himself from his connection to SAMCRO and live happily ever after, but since this is not a perfect world I don't see it being as easy as talking about it. I see his connection to SAMCRO resulting in either his death or imprisonment.

Like Kurt Sutter said, "There are no happy endings".
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Welcome back to the league of exciting television, SOA. We have missed you.
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That was indeed some crazy shit. So much going on in this episode.
I'm glad Toric got what he deserved but yes, from a story standpoint, I feel it was way too early. I was also looking forward to Roosevelt busting Toric and taking him down the right way. For a second I thought Clay was gonna kill him but as soon as he slipped Otto the shiv, you knew Otto would get his revenge. Thank God Otto is finally put out of his misery. That poor guy suffered enough.
I think the school shooting is pretty much gonna go away now. It looks like, if they set it up right, the skinheads will get blamed for the KG-9s. And it really sounded like the DA didn't care who it was as long as they could bust somebody for it. What better scapegoat than some dead Nazis.
Yes the deaths of Phil and Whathisname were shocking but didn't really hit me emotionally. I mean they were club members (well one prospect) but we never really got any character development on either guy so their deaths felt just kinda hollow. Just to move along the story.
Which I guess is gonna be a war with the Irish now. It feels like everything else is wrapped up and that is gonna be the major story.
But we also have the Tara shit lurking in the background. I think they're gonna keep that on the DL and maybe set that up as the main story for next season. Not really sure how I feel about that.
Please tell me that Robert Patrick will be back. Granted this was an insanely good episode but I really hope he wasn't just signed for this one. He's awesome and hopefully will be back.
This is easily the best show on TV and that was one of the best episodes ever. Awesome!!!
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This show is so ridiculous but when it hits the right marks it is just so gosh darn entertaining. And this episode was the right marks. I guess the Irish are the big bad now, which is fine by me, poor Phil RIP.
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Yea this was a good episode. SOA definitely needed that. it was startin to suck.
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