Saturday, November 8, 2014

What I’m Watching: Sons of Anarchy

Sons of Anarchy: Season 7, Episode 9 “What a Piece of Work Is Man” (B+)

On any other show, this would be the time – with just four episodes to go before this show signs off the air – that main characters start dying. On this show, however, it’s been happening for seasons, and we’ve already lost three major players over the years and plenty of supporting characters along the way. Bobby’s death is even more significant than Opie’s in some ways since Opie volunteered for a sudden and brutal death with no buildup to the moment itself. Bobby was violently tortured for two episodes and then it seemed like he was finally headed for freedom, and then Marks, who is proving to be a more vicious nemesis for the club than even Jimmy, Galen, Lin or pope, shot him in the head just after they had seemingly completed their deal. What’s puzzling about the aftermath of that tragic and devastating event is that the club responded by getting Marks sent to prison, which hardly seems like a fitting move given that Moses appears to be perfectly capable of organizing a violent retribution on his own. It’s fortunate to see that Unser is choosing the right side with Althea as they try to prevent any further bloodshed, though Juice is likely going to pay for not being able to comply with what the club asked of him. Gemma, as usual, isn’t interested in making friends, and it’s a wonder that Althea didn’t throw her into jail for her contemptuous and awful attitude, not to mention actually striking a police officer.

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