Review: Sons of Anarchy - Service
by Jonathan Toomey, posted Nov 18th 2009 8:13AM
(S02E11) "If Gemma had gotten raped on John's watch, he'd have written a whole different book." - Jax
Forgiveness can be a funny thing. Assuming you're on the receiving end of something awful, It's not always easy to determine if you'd even be willing to forgive. That's the beauty of forgiveness though -- the act that led you to it might have been sincere, but that doesn't mean your capacity to forgive has to be. Unlike quietly accepting a situation, forgiving a situation has the power to pacify the parties at fault.
As we learned with Opie last night on Sons of Anarchy, his capacity to forgive is huge, but that doesn't mean he ain't lying through his teeth when it comes to his true intentions.
That isn't to say that Opie's a bad person. At the end of the day, he's arguably the one truly good person left in SAMCRO, which makes what happened to him that much harder to swallow. With the truth about Donna finally out in the open (we've been watching Tig crack under the pressure all season and he finally let go), Opie should have nothing to lose but he instead played it like he had everything to lose.
He could have killed Agent Stahl, but instead, "the outlaw had mercy." He could have done what Piney feared and made an attempt at Clay's life, but he didn't. Hell, he could have put a gun in his mouth and it wouldn't have seemed out of place given the circumstances -- his club killed his wife -- but he didn't. There's truth and justice out there and Opie wants, and deserves, all that rather than just acting on all his impulses.
Opie, siding with Jax, is determined to "un-make" Clay. The club put him in power, gave him the say to put a hit on Opie, and now it's time to make sure that can't happen again. Once Opie told the club that he saw Chibs with Stahl, he made sure they wouldn't treat him the same way -- do your homework instead of blindly accepting whatever lies Stahl has laid out for you.
A few more thoughts --
- That quote I used -- what if things had gone differently? Jax seemed convinced that his father would have written a different book had something like Gemma's rape happened then, but I'd argue the opposite. Had something that terrible happened while John was in charge, it seems like it would have been an even bigger reason to write the exact same book.
- After Gemma and Tig's "almost" sex, it really became clear how much the two of them were hurting that something like that was a possibility. Gemma just needed anyone to want her and Tig was essentially willing to commit suicide. However, the scene before it, where Gemma talked about a man needing to "own his pussy" was far more telling, especially since it led to the scene between Tara and Jax where she basically let Jax own hers for the first time. She asked him not to cheat and to assure her that kids and a family were in their future.
- Now that Unser has put Hale in charge, this might be the end for him. All season long we've seen The Chief suffering from cancer and now that he's determined to help Gemma and the club with Zobelle, it would certainly make sense if he had made peace with his demons. This was the last episode FX sent out in advance, so this is pure speculation on my part, but it seems a safe bet to assume that Unser is going to die soon and it won't be because of his illness.
- Despite the sad theme of the hour, there's always room for a laugh on SOA. Half-Sack showing Tara his swollen and infected neuticle was laugh-out-loud hilarious.
- The episode did feel a little anti-climactic on more than one occasion -- Tig's confession and the truth about Zobelle. In both cases, though, the mellow unraveling of the truth worked. Revelations don't always have to be big scenes and these were two great examples.
- Regarding Zobelle, I doubt Alvarez is going to be happy once the gun supply dries up. Can't run heroin without AK-47s and without AK-47s, Zobelle can't keep making money. The bigger issue is Weston. What's he going to do when he finds out that his boss is dealing with Mexicans? Weston is nothing more than muscle; his personal beliefs were just another hurdle for Zobelle to overcome.
- Regardless of whether or not you believe Stahl felt guilty for what she did for Opie, it seemed to me that her tears were less about guilt and more about the fact that she would need to keep doing things the same way to do her job well. Look how she strung Chibs along. The real test for Stahl will be to see if she follows through and sells Chibs out to Jimmy O.
With only two episodes left (the finale on 12/2 is another 90-minute ep), there are still plenty of conflicts that need resolution and that means plenty of fighting. Anyone got predictions on who'll be left standing?
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