I love this show. I just heard about it at the end of 2011 and thought I’d check it out. I ended up watching all four seasons in less than two weeks. After the finale of season four I stared at the blank screen yearning for more and, I might add, was mildly depressed at the idea of waiting nearly a year to rejoin the world of SAMCRO.
The story takes place in the fictional town of Charming, California where the founding charter of the motorcycle club, the Sons of Anarchy (also fictional), reside. They live their lives in this small town and keep it free from such seedy elements as prostitution, drugs, child molesters, and rapists. All the while they make their living selling guns to the most notorious criminal elements in California and the surrounding States. The young Vice President of the club, and future shot caller, is having a crisis of conscience and wants out of the “life”. That’s all I’ll say about the plot. You should discover the rest on your own.
Oddly enough you find yourself cheering for the “bad” guys. I realized many times throughout my four season viewing marathon that I was constantly hoping that the characters involved would evade the police, ATF, FBI, etc… and get away with murder, theft, gun running, and more. Why is it that shows such as this and the Sopranos have us bonding with the “bad” guys and even cheering when they stick it to the police, or get off scot-free in court? In the case of the SOA, I think it’s because of the outlaw code that they live by. They sell guns to criminals which, in turn, kill other criminals– what’s the harm in freeing up the courts and the prison system? They execute outlaw justice. Molest a child in our town you get a swift death penalty. Cook Meth in our city limits, prepare to have your ass kicked and your product blown up. Deal heroin in our town and expect an immediate trip to the hospital’s ICU as a first warning…there is no second warning–two strikes, you’re out for good. What draws me into the show as much as anything is the family core of the club itself. The loyalty, the brotherhood, the love; knowing that these guys got each others backs no matter what. That’s something I think most people want and it’s what’s missing these days in society as a whole. The club is the core of this community and for the most part it works.
The writing and acting is highly realistic. It’s to the point where you forget that none of these characters are real and you are just viewing a fictional TV show. I was shocked to discover that the actor playing Jax is actually British. He’s that believable. The writer/producer/creator of this show, Kurt Sutter, really did his due-diligence and homework to create these characters and make the town of Charming and the Sons of Anarchy come to life. To his credit Sutter also has a small re-occurring role in the series. His performance is so believable that you’d think he’s a real prison inmate and biker outlaw.
This show has it all – great actors, kick-ass soundtrack & audio score, outstanding plot with more than a few twists, realistic dialog, and some partial nudity. I sincerely hope you check out the Sons for yourself. Strap in, it’s a blessed hell ride.
Please leave comments or thoughts below–whether you’re currently a fan, or about to become one.
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