Friday, September 28, 2012

What I’m Watching: Sons of Anarchy

Sons of Anarchy: Season 5, Episode 3 “Laying Pipe” (A-)

When it wants to, this show is capable of being absolutely devastating. Pope coming to visit Jax in prison to tell him that he wanted blood in addition to a major part in the Sons’ business and Tig in prison for life was a bad start to an utterly horrifying and noble sacrifice. Opie volunteering himself to be the one who died was extremely brave and happened so quickly with no hope of his survival, underscored by Chibs’ cries as they watched it happen. Watching his best friend being beaten to death is going to transform Jax, who just moments earlier was brutally honest with Opie, telling him everything, including the cartel-CIA link. Tig especially is going to feel Jax’s wrath, as evidenced by his mandate of eternal loyalty and support to him. Things weren’t much better on the outside, as an angry Gemma went to Wendy to try to get her to turn against Tara. The doctor has become extremely hardened since her early days of SAMCRO life, and threatening to have Jax kill her was a sign of her refusal to let anyone, even her new mother-in-law, endanger her family. Clay asking Juice where Gemma has been was never going to lead anywhere good, and the one who bore the brunt of the whole situation was the poor girl Clay chose. Nero’s establishment getting raided means that SAMCRO has just lost its best ally, and a few more of the club’s members may be headed to jail soon too.

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