Creator: Kurt Sutter
Starring: Charlie Hunnam, Katey Sagal, Ron Perlman, Mark Boone Junior
This is the show. This is the show you have to watch.
You might have caught my review of season 1 last month and picked up on my praises for this show. I thoroughly enjoyed season 1 but held off giving it 4 stars because I thought I may be a little blinded by the coolness factor of a TV show about a motorcycle club. That being said, I had no trouble giving season two 4 stars this time around. It exceeded my expectations for this show in so many ways I was not expecting. It was absolutely brilliant.
Considering this show is still relatively unknown amongst my group of friends (the main audience for my blog), I'll refrain from saying things that will give away what happened in the first season. Never fear, plenty of sh*t went down in season 2 to let it slide...
As expected, the new year brought along new problems for "The Sons" and a new threat surfaces in Charming. A group of white supremacists that call themselves The League of American Nationalists (LOAN) move into Charming with plans to bring down The Sons for dealing guns to "colour" as they put it. The Sons seem to have met their match with, Ethan Zobelle (Adam Arkin), the brains of LOAN. Always one step ahead of The Sons, LOAN threatens to be the end of the motorcycle club. The LOAN enforcer, A.J Weston (played masterfully by Henry Rollins) is the muscle to Zobelle's brains and is this supremely intimidating bad guy that brings a lot of heat to the show. Together, they form the ultimate face of evil and bring a new level of excitement to an enthralling season of Sons of Anarchy.
The show also focuses on the after effects of what happened late in season 1. Without giving anything away to the people that haven't seen the show at all, The Sons face the prospect of being ripped apart by the events of the previous season. Both these two plot lines could have delivered a season each but together, along with outstanding performances by Katey Sagal (as we've come to expect), Ron Perlman, Adam Arkin and Henry Rollins, it's stocks have rocketed in my books and is the one I'm recommending above all else right now... except The Wire of course.
Also, I shouldn't leave out that ATF Agent Stahl, who we all love to hate, makes a comeback late in the season. Man I hate that b*tch. She was the perfect icing on the delicious cake that is Sons of Anarchy Season 2.
The first 40 minutes absolutely blew me away and set the tone for the entire season. You'll only need that episode to convince you to watch this show. If you don't like ep 1, don't bother... but you will.
Check out the trailer for season 2. It's pretty sweet.