Settling into a groove, Sons of Anarchy is like a biker gang series mixed with a healthy dose of soap opera. Meaning that even if you are not a fan of motorcycles or gangs you can still find something of interest here. Series creator Kurt Sutter (writer of Southpaw and executive producer of the series The Shield) has made sure not to box in his series as a testosterone laden, violent piece. It involves plenty of universal themes such as loyalty, leadership, love, and family relations.
The main members of SAMCRO are out of jail after a fourteen month stint and Clay (played by Ron Perlman) wants to return the club to its place of prominence within Charming. That means setting the Russians straight and getting back to dealing guns. With his hands becoming progressively worse the leader knows his days are numbered so he is looking for a big score and that comes in the form of working with a Mexican cartel. Dealing guns are what they usually do, but Clay wants the club to also transport drugs for the cartel which will bring in a huge windfall.
Jax (played by Charlie Hunnam) is hesitant at first but comes round to supporting Clay as he realizes the money they make could help with his plan to leave the club. Bobby (played by Mark Boone Jr) and others are worried about the risks involved. A vote is done and Clay emerges victorious.
A running subplot throughout the season are a bunch of letters Jax’s father John wrote that Tara (played by Maggie Shiff) gets her hands on and that Clay and Gemma (played by Katey Sagal) try to get possession of. No one wants Jax or the club to find out what is in the letters or it could lead to a lot of bloodshed.
Though the season starts off rather slowly you begin to see around episode eight that it was all just a set up for the explosions that are going to happen over the last four episodes. Dealings and dialogue turns into gun fights, blood, power struggles, covering up of lies, action, violence, death, and conflict.
Keep your eyes peeled for guest appearances by Kurt Sutter, David Hasselhoff, Danny Trejo, and Tom Arnold.
-Gear Up With the All New SOA App
-Commentary on Out Featuring Kurt Sutter, Paris Barclay, Charlie Hunnam and Ron Perlman
-Commentary on Hands Featuring Kurt Sutter, Katey Sagal and Maggie Shiff
-Commentary on Hands featuring Peter Weller
-Fans of Anarchy
-Commentary on To Be – Act 1 Featuring Kurt Sutter, Charlie Hunnam, Ron Perlman, Mark Boone Jr, Dayton Callie, Theo Rossi, Kim Coates, Tommy Flanagan and Ryan Hurst