Thursday, July 15, 2010

Sons of Anarchy Season 1 - TV SHOW REVIEW

Creator: Kurt Sutter
Starring: Charlie Hunnam, Katey Sagal, Ron Perlman, Mark Boone Junior

From the creator of the critically acclaimed TV series "The Shield" comes a show about an outlaw motorcycle gang called Sons of Anarchy. A group of bikies that make their living running guns out of their bike repair shop in a small Californian town called Charming. The show centers upon the Vice President of the club, Jax Teller (Hunnam), who is the son of one of the founders of the club.

For years, "The Sons" have run the small town of Charming. The town is rife withe corruption and they have the police, councils and other forms of authority all in their pocket. This allows them to go about their business without too much hassle from the law. Life seems good for Jax until his junkie ex-wife gives pre-mature birth to his son. This forces Jax to re-think his whole belief system, his values and the kind of life that he leads.

In other words, he grows a conscience.

Jax also finds some old journals his deceased father kept that indicated the path the club went down wasn't exactly what he envisioned. As he begins to second guess his actions, club president Clay Morrow (Perlman) begins to worry that this will be a problem. Not helping the cause, Jax's mother Gemma (Sagal), who is married to Morrow wants Jax to follow in the footsteps of the "right father" being Clay, his step-father.

While Jax goes through his personal transformation, the club runs into many problems of their own that he still needs to be apart of. While he is questioning his decisions he still has his loyalty to his club and fellow members. There is the blood feud with the Mayans, a hispanic rival motorcycle gang, deception and broken deals with the white supremecist Nords and trouble with their gun suppliers and buyers.

Basically, all kinds of shit goes wrong and goes down.

A mostly unknown cast, there are a few characters that you might remember from other things. Namely Ron Perlman as Hellboy. The biggest name would be Jax's mother Gemma played by Katey Sagal of Married With Children fame. While for the first few minutes you might be picturing her in MwC, you quickly get over that link and are totally immersed in her character. She is a very intimidating force in this show with a heavy influence over Jax and Clay. She does an amazing job selling this character. When I think Sagal, I no longer think of Peggy Bundy. I think of Gemma Teller Morrow.

A thoroughly riveting plot line and crazy twists keep you glued to this show. I watched the entire 13 episode season in one night. I was up till 5am so naturally a sickie was in order.

Season 2 has already aired and season 3 is on the way. Can't wait to get onto it.

Check out this fan made trailer for Season 1. It's actually pretty good

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