Sons of Anarchy: Season 5, Episode 2 “Vested Interest” (B+)
The pace of this show is absolutely fantastic, with enthralling events happening at lightning speed with the fate of the whole club in jeopardy. The trust Gemma feels with Nero is extending to the club in a big way, and Jax got a good look at Nero’s life when the two took a drive together. It’s an objectively odd scenario, but he’s a fascinating guy, visiting his son and then playing chicken with a tail, and Jax is clearly impressed by him. It’s most refreshing to hear Jax be so honest and open when asked about his illegal business since that so rarely happens. Let’s hope that Romeo and Luis can figure out a way to get Jax, Chibs, and Tig released from prison before Pope makes their lives on the inside miserable. Jax’s proposal to Tara was about the least romantic in nature, but she didn’t seem to mind, and even Gemma was generally pleased about the wedding. I enjoyed Chibs’ toast, and it’s nice to see such loyalty from the whole club. Opie punching Roosevelt just to hitch a ride to prison was especially impressive, and I was very surprised by Clay’s positive visit to Opie, in which he encouraged him even if he didn’t tell him the full truth of his murder of his father. It’s a good thing that Tig didn’t go looking for his daughter alone since he nearly killed her boyfriend, and putting everyone on alert for their families means that, from now on, only actual club members will be the victims of Pope’s fury. Unfortunately, that doesn’t exclude Unser, who did a great job defending his honor and general incorruptibility to Roosevelt.