Sunday, November 16, 2014

What I’m Watching: Sons of Anarchy

Sons of Anarchy: Season 7, Episode 10 “Faith and Despondency” (B+)

Every week, I ask myself whether the violence on this show is really necessary. I didn’t need to see Moses’ eye ripped out and then hanging off of his face, or to watch his fingers being cut off and then dwell on them severed on the ground. It’s all in the service of demonstrating the lengths SAMCRO is willing to go, and the fact that they’re being much more systematic about their revenge, doing to Moses exactly what he did to Bobby and then executing him moments later. Tig did the same thing with the Aryan Brotherhood member who insulted Venus, and there’s just more bloodshed at every turn. Fortunately, things seem to have leveled off, with Tully and Marks the only loose ends left to take care of with their entire crews decimated. Though it represented his first kill, it’s a good thing that Unser could be depended upon to save Eglee’s life. I do want to make mention of this show’s unexpected opening sequence, which saw each of the club members having sex. This show has always been gratuitous, but usually with violence and not sex. I think it did serve a purpose, especially since Chibs and Tig revisited their complicated relationships later in the episode when their current lovers tried to break things off, but it was still a bit shocking. Abel’s lie was disturbing, and it was all building to that big revelation that came at the very end of the episode. We just have to hope that Jax handles it well and that no one else has to die as a part of it.

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