Sunday, September 28, 2014

What I’m Watching: Sons of Anarchy

Sons of Anarchy: Season 7, Episode 3 “Playing with Monsters” (B+)

There’s something very disturbing about watching just how much the members of SAMCRO enjoy violence. They’re executing a lot of revenge now, and while the killing merely seems casual and acceptable, terrorizing people to send a message is done with far too many smiles on their faces. At the same time, they’re gleefully endorsing the filming of a terrible Frankenstein porn movie. They’re not making friends quickly, with allies like August Marks telling Jax readily that he has no trouble killing Jax or any of the Sons. The problem lies in how Jax responds, taking it as a threat and preparing payback. Chibs is not in a forgiving mood when it comes to Juice, who was smart to bring Unser with him as a buffer, one who probably saved his life. I’m thrilled to see Annabeth Gish’s Sheriff Althea Jarry come out of her shell when she takes off her uniform, flirting with Chibs and accepting her bribe all too willingly, suggesting that she has something up her sleeve. The unfriendly visitor who assaulted Gemma prompted the ultimate moment of morality when Abel came up and asked her if his father did bad things. Gemma emulated the woman who distracted her so that she could be raped in season two by serving as bait to get him to open the door under the guise of reconciling over pineapple upside down cake so that Jax could come in and beat him up. Clearly, violence solves everything, and it’s only going to get worse going forward.

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