‘Sons of Anarchy’ Season Six Review

by on December 18, 2013

in Entertainment, tv reviews

The sixth season of Sons of Anarchy on FX has come to a close.  A shocking and mind-boggling close.  But then again, what’s new when you’re dealing with show writer/creator Kurt Sutter?

Time-shifted viewers, beware.  SPOILERS are abound

Review of season six of Sons of Anarchy 1

Season five saw Jax (Charlie Hunnam) getting Clay (Ron Perlman) framed for the murder of Damon Pope, with the help of Gemma (Katey Sagal) and Juice (Theo Rossi).

It was an ugly but necessary deed that needed doing.  But like all things big and small with SAMCRO, there were far reaching ramifications from this deed.

For one, the Irish, who prefer dealing with Clay, were hard to deal with after that, as they insisted on dealing with Clay.  Despite his being in jail.

And early on in season six, one of the motivating stories was the horrifying event of a school shooting that was carried out by the young son of an associate of Nero’s (Jimmy Smits).

This took place while the crazy ex-cop named Toric (Donal Logue) was pulling any and all tricks to get evidence on the club.  He accidentally shot an escort from Nero’s business, then went to working on setting Nero up for her murder.

Meanwhile, the school shooting brought the focused ire of DA Patterson (CCH Pounder) on the club.

And Patterson tried different angles to get to the club.

First she was promised by Toric he’d have a confession from Clay, but never got that.

Then he planted the murder evidence on Nero, and Patterson tried to leverage that, but later, it was discovered who truly committed the murder.  That was no fun for Toric.

In the end, the much Toric tortured Otto (Kurt Sutter) committed one last deed for the club by skewering Toric, before getting killed by the guards.

Just as well…  Toric was having Otto raped on a daily basis.

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Charlie Hunnam from Sons of Anarchy, review of season six

All the while, Jax was struggling to get the club back into legitimate businesses while getting out of the gun running business.

And that decision and the acts that followed, were the worst decisions they could have made, despite the good intent.

The problem was that the Irish was not going to let SAMCRO out of the business as easily as they wanted.

Now that Jax and the club were all on the same page, they were making decisions as a club once again.

But these decisions, were much like how Jax was making decisions by himself, for the club last season.  But now, the club was making calls without conferring with their fellow business associates.

The thing is that while Jax was trying to set up the Irish with August Marks’ (Billy Brown) group, the other clubs weren’t happy about being excluded from the opportunity to be the gun runners for the Irish.

And this is when things start hitting that infamous fan.

There were various sudden executions of representatives from different clans/clubs.  The Chinese was the biggest surprise (for me).  But then that wasn’t where it stopped.

The Mayans executed some of Marks’ people because they aren’t happy about the new arrangements that Jax made between the Irish and Marks.

But that ain’t the half of it.

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Alliances Tested

Ron Perlman, Sons of Anarchy

Jax has been needing to kill Clay ever since, well, forever.  The Irish needed Clay out of prison to operate the gun running business, all the while, not letting SAMCRO out from under their thumb.

Jax and gang participate in a prison break for Clay and when Jax had both the Irish rep, Galen (Timothy V. Murphy) and Clay in the same room, he executed them.

(Jax did make a promise with DA Patterson to deliver these two guys and their guns to her.  He just never told her how.)

I can’t see the Irish standing still for this next season

Earlier in the season Jax had the junkie mother of the school shooter killed… via an “overdose” that he had Juice administer.  They told Nero she overdosed herself.  But Juice had a break down near the end of the season and told Nero.

Jimmy Smits as Nero in SoA

This set Nero down a different path other than that of trusted business partner with Jax.

And all the while, Tara (Maggie Siff) was trying to get out from under the club’s thumb, but her options were limited.  She even faked a pregnancy and set up Gemma to take the fall for causing a fake miscarriage.

DA Patterson offered Tara a sweet deal and for the most part, we were expecting her to take her up on it.

But in the end, as if enough things had not started going wrong for Jax, the season finale ended with Gemma driving a steak fork through Tara’s brain, Juice killing Sheriff Eli Roosevelt and Patterson showing up at the murder scene, right after Jax discovered the grisly murder scene.

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Maggie Siff as Tara in Sons of Anarchy

The sixth season of Sons of Anarchy came at us with the usual amount of wheeling and dealing and murdering that we’ve come to expect from the show.  And with the ending of Breaking Bad, it’s a good soothing place keeper while BB fans try to manage their withdrawal.

The series (Sutter) dared to tread on sensitive social issues with no apologies while spinning the fate of Jax’s family between the cross hairs of maniacal cops, intense DA’s and nutty grandmothers hell-bent on keeping the family together.

All the while, Jax has found that despite his best intent, he has become that which he detested most, another version of Clay.

But all of his duplicitous decision were done for the long-term, greater good of the club.  All of it, from the murders, the forced OD’s, and executions, he had no choice.  All necessary evils.  And now he’s been looked upon as a man with cowboy diplomacy by the other gangs, as they build up their presence trying to get ready to fill the void the SAMCRO is leaving behind as they exit the gun running business.

When all is said and done, looking back, how can one not wonder if Jax’s decision to go clean hasn’t doomed the club?  But it’s been his focus ever since the inception of the series.

But sadly, Kurt Sutter has promised us that there will be no happy ending for Jax and the club in the seventh and final season of Sons of Anarchy.

Ad we’ve seen that unhappy scenario start.  Jax’s two pillars of sanity, Opie and Tara, are now both dead.  What will he do in dealing with the passing of Tara?  That’s the question indeed.

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R.I.P.

Clay is now gone.  Tara is gone.  Otto has been released from his misery.  Galen is gone.  The Chinese boss is gone.  Filthy is gone.  And the respect that many had for Jax, that too is gone.

Oh, but the most important part or mystery of Sons of Anarchy took place this season that must be addressed!

Olivia Burnette as the ghost in Sons of Anarchy

We discovered who the homeless girl / ghost is that’s been hovering over Gemma and Jax these last few seasons!  Is that not cool or what???

In the episode titled “John 8:32,” Jax meets Gary Putner (Clint Culp), the father of Brooke, a girl we meet in that episode.  It turns out that the girl’s mother was killed in the same accident that killed Jax’s father, way back when

And that was it.  Sutter said he didn’t want to get too spiritual or “out there,” but teased us long enough and gave us that info.

And then, when we thought it was all over, there she is, seen once again nearby where Juice was tossing evidence of the murder that Gemma committed!  Argh!

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And that was more or less the things that have been at the forefront of my mind of what took place in the sixth season of Sons of Anarchy.  The show returns for one last season, its final season, where the story of Jax Teller, looking for redemption and trying to set everything right, has gone so horribly awry.

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