Thursday, September 24, 2009

What I’m Watching: Sons of Anarchy

Sons of Anarchy: Season 2, Episode 3 “Fix” (B+)

The last song I expected to hear Bobby singing at the start of the episode was “Hava Nagila.” It’s hard to imagine Bobby performing at Bar Mitzvahs, but I suppose it fits. IN any case, it was quite a powerful opening montage to this episode, and really sets the tone for the ways things are going for the Sons of Anarchy. Nothing is too bad, but there are those with terrible secrets weighing down on them, especially Gemma, and those very threatening skinheads with questionable ethics and motives. Adam Arkin continues to be a formidable presence on the show, and his scenes with Hale are completely incredible. The deep-rooted connections between the Sons of Anarchy and the law are absolutely astounding, and really drive this show week-to-week. I’m especially impressed with how the gang is connected to both Uncer and Hale, and that the show uses that well to its advantage to create parallel scenes and storylines. The focus in this episode on the strip club proved very interesting. I was hoping for Tara to take a page out of Gemma’s book and smack that actress in the face with a skateboard, but I suppose her very public conquest of Jax in the bathroom will do for now. The very complicated relationship between all of the gang members and their differing reactions to their side filmmaking project is alternately entertaining and intense. It’s great to have a show that can be both funny and deathly serious at the same time, and be good in both modes.

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