Saturday, October 27, 2012

What I’m Watching: Sons of Anarchy

Sons of Anarchy: Season 5, Episode 7 “Toad’s Wild Ride” (B+)

This show is quickly threatening to overtake “Rescue Me” for the distinction of the most devastating FX show. The world in which SAMCRO exists is becoming far too incestuous, with rogue factions operating within the club and business too often being mixed with pleasure. Gemma calling Nero after being robbed by Warren only to find the club in tow is the ultimate example of the latter, since Nero has gone from Gemma’s confidante to the club’s best ally. Clearly, Nero isn’t over her, as evidenced by his brutal beatdown of Joel McHale’s hapless Warren. Unser is a smart man for refusing to put down his gun while he was in close proximity to Clay, who continues to prove even more devious as he set up the Nomads to die and then presumably sent two Niners to try to kill Jax and Chibs to deflect Jax’s rightful suspicion away from him. Juice will likely prove the key figure in Clay’s downfall, though it’s not yet clear which side he’ll take. The sight of Tig sitting guard outside of the cabin with Tara inside was ominous, though it didn’t serve as adequate preparation for Gemma to fall asleep and end up run off the road, with the sound of a baby crying and blood dripping down. The death of one of Jax and Tara’s children, especially indirectly at Gemma’s hands, is going to make SAMCRO explode at their most volatile time yet. I’m worried but can’t wait to see what happens next.

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