April 15, 2013

Watching: Sons of Anarchy

Karen and I have a somewhat completist attitude to television. If we’re going to watch a programme, then we’ll watch it from the first episode to the last (or until we get bored). We’re not the kind of people to dip into a programme – by our standards, if we’re not driven to make sure that we’ve seen every single episode, then the programme can’t be good enough. After all, there’s no shortage of good programmes (if you know where to look and who to ask) so there’s always a new boy jostling for his chance to shine.

A fairly recent addition to our current roster was Sons of Anarchy. This covers the story of a fictional motorcycle club in a fictional town called Charming in a fictional state called California. The central character, Jax Teller, is the vice president in this club. His father, now deceased, was one of the founding members of the club, and his mother is now married to the current president (also a founding member).

The first couple of series revolve a lot around the relationships between these three, and how they fit into the club. We’re currently up to series three (of five) which has brought about something of a change of location and a change of pace – in my opinion, to its detriment, but I’ve been reassured that it’s working up to something big, and so I’m sitting tight.

It has elements of The Sopranos (family interactions, frequent violence, central characters are portrayed somewhat sympathetically but have both good and bad aspects of their character) and elements of True Blood (small town community and politics, frequent violence). I’m really looking forward to the next series, and getting back up to the standard that I enjoyed in the first two.

More mini-reviews of TV shows to follow in the coming weeks…

Do you watch Sons of Anarchy too? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

Pete

4 thoughts on “Watching: Sons of Anarchy

  1. I enjoy the way every character is flawed, even ones who start off seeming quite innocent and apart from the club, like Tara; and the internal conflict characters like she and Jax have between doing what they think is right, and doing what they think is right for the club. And why they feel they have to do what is right for the club.

    Also I really didn’t enjoy season 3 as much. I didn’t spend a lot of time in Northern Ireland in the 80s, but I do know that you can leave the house without encountering a road block. And the accents!

  2. Can’t contribute to discussion of the show; I haven’t even heard of it, let alone seen it. However, on accents, this sweary (and possibly NSFW in certain environments) tutorial is both fun and accurate.

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