Sunday, October 13, 2013

What I’m Watching: Sons of Anarchy

Sons of Anarchy: Season 6, Episode 5 “The Mad King” (B+)

I feel like this show never stops one-upping itself and putting its characters in an even more devastating spot. There’s no denying the disturbing nature of Gemma’s conjugal visit with Clay, and it’s especially horrifying because this is the second time that Gemma has been the victim of a horrible assault like this and she’s rarely involved with any of the criminal business. That’s what makes this latest event more worrisome, since all of SAMCRO’s extended family would have been incinerated had Jax and Chibs not realized that the keg was a bomb. It’s an extremely violent move for the Irish to undertake, and it’s one from which there’s no going back. Though both he and Nero did a good job of resisting their urges for vengeance, I’m worried that they’ll now be blinded by rightful rage and do something they might regret. The latest business meeting between Charlie, Colette, Jax, and Nero, however hotheaded, was interesting, and it’s clear that this professional relationship is among the best the club has had. The most surprising moment of the episode was Clay being so forthright with Gemma about the Irish coming to him and then telling Gemma to ask Jax what he wanted him to do. That’s a major development, though it may not matter anymore since things can never go back to the way they were. Tara’s attitude about her impending jail sentence is so blunt and fatalistic, and the events of this episode only affirm the validity of her desire to get her kids away from the club.

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