October 25, 2011

Quick Thoughts: SONS OF ANARCHY, "Family Recipe"

Wow, Season 4 of Sons of Anarchy has gotten bananas! While some of the story elements displayed during "Family Recipe" were questionable, I have to admit that it was a pretty tense ride.

Obviously, Clay has never been a good guy, but for some reason I've never pictured him as THE bad guy of Sons. He's a gruff anti-hero like the rest of the bikers, so we're not supposed to like him per se, but since he's one of the show's main protagonists it's easy to overlook his seedier sides. I know he's done some messed up stuff in the past, but what he did to Piney finally made me realize what an evil person Clay Marrow really is, which has made things more interesting for me as a viewer. We all know the show down between Clay and Jax is coming, but now I can actively root against Clay because it feels justified.

Speaking of Jax, he had some good moments with Piney and Tara, and it's getting hard to sit and watch how his good intentions have backfired and have put his family in danger when his goal was to get them away from the life. This form of irony is by no means a new phenomenon, and it's a little heavy handed on Sons, but it still makes for entertaining television.

Finally, there was Juice. The end of "Fruits for the Crows" was a little ambiguous, but they left themselves an out with the branch snap, so Juice was ultimately fine. Honestly, I'm torn about the fact that Juice's suicide attempt was a failure. On one hand, it would have been an extremely bold move by Kurt Sutter to kill the character off, but I would've respected such a move. On the other, Theo Rossi's been giving the audience some great performances, and I would hate to lose him after he's been on the sideline for so long. A plus though is how Chibs has finally been brought into Juice's story arc, and I'm excited to see where they go from here.

"Family Recipe" may not have been technically sound, there were enough WTF moments and dark humor (I laughed at most of the severed head moments because apparently I'm a sicko) to keep me entertained.


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