Thursday, January 7, 2010

Catching Up- Sons of Anarchy Season 2

I wasn't going to do a second post on Sons of Anarchy, but I figured it was about time I got back to my roots and made a character list for the series. But first, a bit about the second season of the FX action show.

Within the past two days I have watched the final six episodes of the second season (that's what six hours on a bus will allow you to do). I loved season two, but still enjoyed the first 13 episodes a bit more. What may have let it down a bit, is what will make it that much better come seasons three and four, etc. Where season one let the audience learn about Jax and Gemma mainly, the second season gave us an opportunity to find out who Clay, Opie, Tig, Bobby, Half-Sack, Juice, Chibbs and Piney really are. Both fantastic seasons, but it was the powerful moments of season one that give it the slight edge. This characterization will make us understand each and every one of the aforementioned Sons, and make every one of their future scenes more powerful.

When we lost Half-Sack at the tail end of the final episode, I was truly sad. Wasn't everyone else looking forward to the moment that the Prospect actually got "Patched In" to SAMCRO? I know I was.

Another thing I have to mention is the music. The music is so well done here. I believe it was the penultimate episode of this second season where they used a cover of the Stones' Gimme Shelter as the beginning montage. In itself it was a powerful opening. Not only did it strengthen the scene because of its sound, they lyrics also spoke to the action of the characters (hiding the loved ones in the clubhouse). When they brought Gimme Shelter back at the end of the ep, it was incredible. There have been many moments during the first two seasons of SoA that I have thought the musical decisions were fantastic.

Bring on season 3...

Favorite Characters

10. Alex 'Tig' Trager
9. Piney Winston
8. Chief Wayne Unser
7. Tara Knowles
6. Kip 'Half Sack' Epps
5. Bobby Munson
4. Jean Carlos 'Juice' Ortiz
3. Harry 'Opie' Winston
2. Filip 'Chibs' Telford
1. Jackson Teller


  1. I agree with you, I prefer Season 1. Season 1 had such a perfect second half. Season 2 was high quality throughout but never reached the heights of the first season's tail end.

    SPOILERS COMING ON UP- but if they had deaded Jax's kid it would have been just as crazy.

    It's weird that Sack wanted off the show. What a Scientologist that guy is. I too very much wanted to see him patched.

    Tig is my guy but I know no one is with me on that one.

  2. First off, best comment on The Perspective to date.

    True about Jax's kid. So far they've killed off enough quality characters (Donna and now Sack) that you kinda feel like anyone but Jax, Clay, Gemma could die.

    Sack wanted off the show? Why? And when I found out Jax was British it shattered my universe.

    I liked Tig at first, but then lost it for him somewhere in season 2.

  3. True about the anyone can die thing. I think even Clay can get got actually. Only Jax and Gemma are untouchables.

    As far as I can tell Sack cited "creative differences". He wasn't happy with either the show or his role on it. Again, he's a Scientologist so he must be a little touched in the head.

    The show runner Kurt Sutter has a blog and a twitter in case you didn't know. He also plays Otto the blind prisoner. He's prone to ranting like here at the Golden Globes for not nominating the show at all.

    His twitter is @sutterink

  4. I recently read through most of Sepinwall's stuff on Sons and got that Sutter was also Otto. And heard a lot of Sutter's thoughts on things. Seems like a pretty sweet showrunner, which makes sense since the show is so good.

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