Right, first off let me just start by saying my girlfriend LOVES Sons of Anarchy! Don’t get me wrong, I like it too and there is a lot to like. But some things just didn’t seem to fit in with my notion of what the world of motorcycle gangs was like.I never really got behind the character of Jax for a start.
It strikes me that this is for a number of reasons:
A – I remembered him from Byker Grove and Queer as Folk. This is of course my problem as the actor Charlie Hunnam is a perfectly decent actor and his turn as Jackson ‘Jax’ Teller in SOA is completely different to either of his roles in either of the 2 TV shows I just mentioned.
B – Someone once mentioned to me that he was up for the role of Kurt Cobain in a possible future adaptation of ‘Heavier than Heaven’ or some other Kurt biopic,& he does look similar, I’ll give him that. But surely we all know that the only person qualified to play him, the only person with enough talent and integrity, the only person with enough soul to play Cobain is of course… Jared Leto. Nah I’m just fucking with you, the only thing worse than seeing that freaking abortion sing his heart out to about a girl in pitch perfect melody would be to have him raping me while doing it. Anyways I am pretty down on any possible Nirvana/Kurt Cobain biopic that will be made in the next 10 years. After that its fair game.
C – my primary reason is pretty simple even if it is completely absurd. Are you ready? I just don’t dig the guys fucking clothes. For the vice president of a badass motorcycle gang I expect a certain style, I expect a lot of leather. I expect Jeans that fit. Sure they might be ripped to shit but I don’t want my VP wearing pants that could have been bought at an MC Hammer garage sale. I also need him to be wearing motorcycle boots. At the very least some crazy cowboy boots. Not white fucking nike trainers. Now this you may be saying to yourselves is ridiculous. Well I don’t care! That’s just the way I feel. The rest of the Sons all dress appropriately. Hell, Opie is the very epitome of how a biker should dress even Bobby Elvis makes an effort.OK, rant over. Back to the TV show.
[WARNING: POTENTIAL SPOILERS AHEAD]
Series 4 starts where season 3 left off, obviously. At the end of season 3 we see most of SAMCRO (Sons of Anarchy Motorcycle Club Redwood Original) heading to prison to do a small stretch that they all knew they can do standing on their heads. Whilst inside however there is some beef with the Russians and this leads to Jax being shanked and almost dying. To assure the safety of ‘the Sons’ on the inside a deal is made with the Mexican Galindo Cartel, while at the same time on the outside a new assistant DA ‘Lincoln Potter’(played by Ray Mckinnon, the guy who was the reverend from the first season of Deadwood) arrives in the town of Charming determined to put the Sons away for good.
Unlike previous seasons of Sons of Anarchy, Season 4 gets of to a cracking start, so We don’t have to wait too long at all before it all starts to kick off. While the sons have been serving their sentences in prison the Charming police department has merged with the much larger San Joaquin Sheriffs’ Department. Upon their release the Sons are given a not so warm welcome home by the new Sheriff, ‘Lieutenant Eli Roosevelt’, who tells them in no uncertain terms that their outlaw days are over and that Charming is his town now.
Season 4 has the Sons dealing with everyone from the real IRA to crazy Mexican Cartels as well as with some old time rivals/allies The Mayans (rival Mexican Motorcycle Club), the One-Niners (urban gang), The Russian Mafia and the CIA.
The Sons of Anarchy are in over their heads and seem to be heading down a one way street with no possible escape, not to mention all the other crazy stuff going on in their world, the internal club problems and the family drama going on in the Morrow/Teller house which makes Shakespeare seem like he was writing for Neighbours. This has been one of the most enjoyable seasons so far.
Of course there are a lot more things going on in season four Than just gang warfare and Greek tragedy (well sort off), such as Tara wanting to escape with her family from the criminal Motorcycle gang lifestyle, Opie’s struggling relationship with Lana, Piney trying to get the Sons back on the right path, and Gemma and Clay’s big secret. All in all there are definitely worse TV shows out there you could be wasting your time on.