THE PLOT THUS FAR
A man in his early 30s struggles to find a balance in his life between being a new dad and his involvement in a motorcycle gang.
WHAT WE THOUGHT
Charlie Hunnam stars in this gritty drama series as Jax Teller, VP of the Sons of Anarchy, a gun-running motorcycle club that seizes control of its California town but soon butts heads with rival biker gangs, racist groups and the law. As the renegade bikers descend further into bedlam, Jax finds his conscience torn between protecting his young son from harm and his loyalty to his gang and his own violent parents.
The roots of the third season started when Clay and Tig bought Stahl’s lies and tried to rub out Opie, with the assassination attempt landing Opie’s wife, Donna. Jax and Piney later find out about this huge mistake and are livid about it. They both realize a change needs to be made, and they both turn their backs on the power and authority that has ran SAMCRO for decades, looking to the teaching’s of Jax’s birth father, John Tellar for guidance. The ensuing conflict between Jax’s vision for the club and Clay’s desire for the club nearly tear SAMCRO apart, just as the world sometimes has over conflicting views on how to run things.
The club operates as a legal auto shop garage and the not so legal activities of Gun Running and Porn etc. The show centers on the rivalry between Clay and “Jax” and their constant battles and alliances with other gangs such as the Mayans, Aryan Brotherhood or AB’s, 1-9ers, League Of American Nationalists or L.O.A.N. etc. The club has their fair share of legal troubles from selling guns and entering the porn business as well dealing with local law enforcement as well as the ATF. They also have their allies within Law enforcement. The Sons of Anarchy is the best series on television and extremely well written with great acting and a good plot and plenty of action.I cannot say enough good things about it.
The emerging theme of escaping “the life” of violence becomes a parody. For anyone who has seen the real effects of violence and crime, this show presents a surreal and cartoonish farce. There is no motivation for their actions when every tight spot or fix can be resolved by using violence and military style black ops which most Navy SEAL teams couldn’t accomplish, let alone a biker club. For example, the club is able to run amok in a local hospital and kill and interrogate a patient multiple times using a “decoy” tactic to lure away the bumbling sheriff guarding the room.
The Blu-Ray comes with a ton of featurettes, deleted scenes and gag reel. There is a ton of scene/episode specific commentaries that range the gamut from explaining away the motorcycles on the show to the near Shakespearean elements of the show. The extended episode cuts just show how far the show goes before FX has to cut it and get into a condition that can be shown on basic cable. Still, it’s an amazing release with the best 1080p transfer and DTS-HD master audio for a TV on Blu-Ray release. If things hold up, this could be one of the best releases of 2011.
RELEASE DATE: OUT NOW!