September 21, 2011

Quick Thoughts: SONS OF ANARCHY, "Dorylus"

Tuesday nights has become one of the busiest TV watching nights for me thanks to the FOX line-up of Glee, New Girl, and Raising Hope. Since I spend most of my time on Tuesday nights writing Glee recaps/reviews, I don't know how much longer I'll be putting together write-ups for Sons of Anarchy, but I'm going to keep it going for now.

"Dorylus" was a typical Season 4 episode of SoA, and what I mean by that is we're still focusing on the larger story-arcs with only minimal forward movement. Now, this approach is by no means a bad thing, but I need some bigger shakes up to rattle SAMCRO's cage.

The on-going tension amongst the Sons thanks to Clay and Jax's commitment to running drugs for the Galindo cartel has been bringing the drama, and I'm glad that we're seeing how it has been impacting the other members of the MC especially Bobby and Tig. Hopefully now that they voted on the matter, we can finally get some momentum going.

I wasn't too jazzed about the Gemma/Tara distrust story, but I was pleasantly surprised that they addressed it so early on in the season. I could have easily seen the writers draw out this story for a good chunk of the run, so I wasn't expecting to see Gemma and Tara talk about Maureen's letters so soon. I'm still not quite sure how this will affect the rest of Season 4, but I'm just glad the sneaking around has stopped for now.

The guns being stolen by gangbangers plot felt like it was shoehorned in to give Jax something to do, but it did have some of the episodes more entertaining moments. First, having Kozik be called "Lemonhead" was a small but brilliant moment (Kenny Johnson's The Shield character was nicknamed Lemonhead). Also, Vivica and her motley crew was a great addition to the show's universe mostly because of performance by Marianne Jean-Baptiste.

Lastly, bringing Juice's race could be a very volatile story down the line. I know most people are confused by the notion that SAMCRO would have a problem with Juice being half-black and not half-Hispanic, but from what I know about 1% motorcycle clubs, it is a very big deal. I can buy the Sons being OK with a Puerto Rican but not someone with African heritage. Yes, it sounds contradictory, but the life of outlaw bikers don't always make the most sense since they live by their own rules.

"Dorylus" gave us some progress, but not enough to captivate me. I do hope that what happened during this episode will finally get the ball rolling sooner than later.


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