Sons of Anarchy: Smite
by Danny Gallagher, posted Oct 7th 2009 12:52AM
(S0205) - "When relationships become a ledger of profit and loss, you have no friends, no loved ones, just pluses and minuses. You are absolutely alone." - John Teller
It's almost the mid-season for Sons of Anarchy and that can only mean one thing: someone, nay anyone, can die. It's precisely the reason I asked Katey Sagal in my last interview if she ever worried about her character being killed off. A show this violent and heavy always carries the air of collateral damage.
And episode five's "Smite" proved it when Chibs, played by Tommy Flanagan, almost got caught dead center of a car bomb planted in the club's garage by the local Aryans and may or may not have croaked in the ensuing explosion.
In the words of Jean Paul Sartre, "It's on, gopher."
And it couldn't have come at a better time because things were starting to get almost ridiculously complex. It's refreshing to see a show that creates so many boundaries and plotlines for a whole world of colorful and creative characters. Recently, however, they involved so many that they were starting to become a jumbled mix in my head of budding felonies and underhanded deals. It does manage to keep them nicely tied together with a few loose ends here and there that are sure to be tied up in the end, but it's time the show started making with the warring already. All talk and no fist flying makes Danny a dull boy.
Of course, the hardest parts to watch are Gemma's scenes as she struggles to come to terms with the effects of her rape. This week, I found my brain screaming at the television for Gemma to just break down and get some help. Why is she so afraid to feel anything? She certainly has the club's best interests in mind, but is she willing to sacrifice what's left of her sanity for it, and wouldn't that effect the club just as much? Gemma's story really knows how to push your buttons.
The most interesting character so far is definitely Chief Unser, the kindly old police chief who everyone knows is in SAMCRO's pocket but still has loyalty to his town by his alliance with the club. He finally breaks down and tells someone about Gemma's rape, but the surprise is that he told his deputy chief, David Hale, in order to draw him away from the Aryans' grasp. It's a smart move that could backfire since the Aryans have made their own power play against him and the club in one fell swoop. Only Survivor has less cut-throat alliances.
[Watch clips and episodes of Sons of Anarchy at SlashControl.]