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Sons of Anarchy: Falx Cerebri

by Danny Gallagher, posted Oct 15th 2009 4:18AM
Sons of Anarchy
(S02E06) "It's not your time yet, man. This is Clay's club. You either back down or get in line, before somebody gets hurt." - Opie to Jax

It was really hard to find a good quote for this week's episode. I watched the bastard four times before I found the one I did and I'm not entirely thrilled with it.

That's because this week's show was all action and little talk.

The tension between SAMCRO and the Aryans got turned up to 11 when they planted a car bomb in the shop that almost turned Chibs into a fried fish filet that would need a gallon of malt vinegar to be edible. This not only made for a perfect set-up against the club but also within it, driving an even deeper wedge between Clay, Jax and each of their alliances.

Ethan Zobelle's plan to set up the club did feel a little too perfect. He didn't plan on the club getting arrested by the sheriff's deputies since that was Jax's dumb move, but he now has more leverage over the club than ever. He has made them their puppets and got them right in their hands (or is that in them since they're puppets). And that makes me hate him even more.

Let's face it, anti-supremacist bigots make the perfect villains in just about any action-adventure movie or TV show because as Steven Spielberg put it, you can do pretty much whatever you want to them and the audience is behind you. That means the level of potential for revenge against Zobelle can only be stopped by your subconscious imagination and the easy-going nature of FX's thankless censors. Let's put it this way: there's a reason Snapper isn't one of the show's chief sponsors.

Let's talk about something less volatile and violent: Gemma, which should tell you just how volatile the situation with the rest of the club really is. It looks like she's closer to Tara then ever. You can tell by the glint in her eye when she and Tara were shooting up the porn star's car with a couple of super sized hand cannons (ahhh, prom night). They were always close or at least familiar enough to share problems and secrets, but it's somehow giving me the feeling that something could threaten their relationship if Tara does something to save the club or just Jax.

You don't cross a woman who can pack a mean punch with her elbow and keep an entire Mexican militia arsenal in two hat boxes (ahhh, prom night).

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I really love the show but I don't like Clay. Of all the SAMCRO members he is the only one I want gone. He wants Jax to fall in line, which Jax does, and then they all wind up in Jail. You have to wonder how he became the leader when he makes the mistakes he does.

October 15 2009 at 5:08 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Just a crazy thought. What if Opie knows that Clay was behind Donna's death. He could be trying to get closer to Clay to take his revenge. At first I thought what everyone else thought that he was throwing himself into the club so he wouldn't have to deal with Donna's death. But it just seems off. I think something is up. If he can get close enough to Clay to become a confidant he can exact revenge and put Jax's in charge of the club in one shot. Maybe find something linking Clay to the order for hit and revealing it to the club. They would probably turn on Clay and put Jax in charge. That would hurt Clay more than killing him. He is ready to die for the club but losing the power and control would be devastating to him. Just a thought.

October 15 2009 at 2:08 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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I have to agree with you. It's too strange how Opie just totally forgot about his relationship with Jax. Unless he feels betrayed by Jax for his encouragement to kill the Mayan for Donna's murder. He didn't seem to really believe it at the time. Plus, did you notice during one of the episodes after Donna's death, Opie took off his SOA ring? Leading me to believe he knew SOA was behind her death.

October 16 2009 at 10:04 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Great episode! One small comment to FX would be to give Katey Sagal (Gemma) some weapons training. That one shot of her shooting the car had me laughing, but unintentionally. Tara (Maggie Siff) looked like she's handled a gun before. But otherwise this is a great show and I look forward to every Tuesday. And thanks for posting Danny! I kept looking for your review all Wednesday. Thanks again-

October 15 2009 at 1:13 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Ok, let me know if I am missing something, but in your recap you said it was Jax's dumb move that got the club arrested. I thought Jax didn't think it felt right. That he felt they were going into a trap. Although he thought they were going to be in a situation where they would be outnumbered by a bunch of supremicists not that the scene they walked into. But I thought it was Clay who wanted to go in anyway and the club backed him up because of what happened with the car bomb. They followed Jax that time and it almost cost them a member. Maybe I missed something. I'm sure you guys will let me know. :)

October 15 2009 at 1:04 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
David S

I had to draw the line at the joint police/SAMCRO house raid.

And I fear the plotline is really sucking airtime away from Juice and Half Sack.

Opie's choices are understandable. He's a ship without a rudder, and he's coping with his loss by investing 110% into the club. Even in Season 1 he was interested in proving to himself that he has a role to play in the club; and since his wife's death, that's now in overdrive. It means acting first, and not thinking at all, because all his thoughts are consumed by his grief. I don't want to see Opie do what I want him to do; I want to see Opie do what Opie would want to do- so his switch in allegiance is understandable. Not to mention it makes for good drama.

October 15 2009 at 11:19 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
charles melrose III

"Anti-supremacists"? You might want to rethink that one.

October 15 2009 at 9:47 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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October 16 2009 at 9:55 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Great episode! Im loving the scenes w/ Tara and Gemma even more. You can def see Gemma is softening up to Tara. Not liking Opie choosing Clay over Jax...and Im actually like Opie when he had a little more weight to him. Def loss a lot of weight this season.

Yea..I have to agree on the best line of the night was when Unser had to excuse himself b/c he was getting an ass whopping from Gemma b/c she found out he told her secret. OR when Clay trashed Zobelle's store and then said something like "guess theyre not open yet". Cannot remember exactly, but I chuckled after hearing that.

Cannot stand Zobelle's daughter...def hope she gets what she deserves.

October 15 2009 at 9:06 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

the show gets better and better. they do such a great job of making SAMCRO the "good guys" and The League as the "bad guys" when in reality they are all bad.

FX has some smart people running it.

good job on the review a day late, hehe.

October 15 2009 at 9:00 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The Gemma and Tara scenes were fantastic! I am definitely loving their budding friendship. Hell, their scenes were great even when they hated each other. Also, Gemma's gun stash cracked my *hit up. Seriously.

And I LOVED the expression on Gemma's face when Tara was pointing the gun at the porn actress. High-larious.

This was definitely one of the best eps of the season. Really dug it.

October 15 2009 at 7:38 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to gooby's comment

I think the hate-phase was a great way to lead up to Gemma and Tara's new relationship...now it's so funny to see Jax looking nervous whenever he sees them together, or totally disbelieving that Tara's broken nose was just an accident.

October 15 2009 at 10:29 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I just started watching this show this season so I am still trying to catch up with everything but Opie seems to have chosen Clay over Jax but he does not know who really is behind the death of Donna, right? Will Jax tell Opie to get him to maybe help push Clay out of the way?

October 15 2009 at 7:05 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Katie's comment

I really am shocked about the fact that Opie is choosing Clay over his best friend Jax..i agree with you that Jax may play that hand to bring Opie back.

October 15 2009 at 8:36 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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