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Review: Sons of Anarchy - Na Triobloidi (season finale)

by Danny Gallagher, posted Dec 2nd 2009 8:30AM
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"Any idea where we're headed?" /"No." - Chief Unser to Gemma

If you're looking for someone to yak to at the office tomorrow about the second season closer of Sons of Anarchy but don't want to open your meathole to someone who has no idea what you're talking about, there's one sure-fire way to tell without having to say a word: check their fingernails. They will be bitten right down to the bone.

The 90-minute episode was a real tension builder from beginning to end and it not only managed to solve some of the protagonists' problems in very creative and interesting ways, but it also created new ones that just made me hungrier for season three. It couldn't come soon enough if I had a time machine.

The thing was also jam packed with surprises from before the opening credits to the club's closing logo, the biggest of which was Zobelle's informant status with the FBI. It might seem like a forced surprise, but unlike Christina's connection to the Trinity Killer on Showtime's Dexter, it fits Zobelle like a latex surgical glove.

Zobelle has always been a bit laid back and aloof as if he thought he was bulletproof and almost all-knowing. At first, I thought that was just Adam Arkin's approach to the character's recklessness but it was really just his true reaction all along since he knew any illegal action would not land him in the clink.

So now that Zobelle and Weston are free since Zobelle works for the feds and the DA won't prosecute Weston since the witness who fingered him (I still can't resist using that pun) is a felon, the battle lines have been drawn once again. The episode opened with this great Sergio Leone stand-off shot of SAMCRO against the Mayans guarding Zobelle's smoke shop that tightened the tension to the force of an E-string guitar.

Unser simply being Unser tells Weston just as he's being released that Zobelle was the rat in the hopes that they will "tear each other apart." But before he leaves, Hale sets up a meeting with his kids who are in CPS custody and Unser tips off the club so they can intercept him and do what they do best. Instead, Weston steals his kid out of custody and takes him to a tattoo shop.

Jax and company have to do a little navigating to keep the cops and his kid out of the line of fire, but Weston finally gets what's coming to him: a face full of gunfire in a dirty bathroom. It might sound cruel, but anyone with an "I Kill N******" tattoo sprawled across his torso deserves nothing less.

Even Gemma gets a chance to exact her revenge on the League for her rape. She spots Zobelle's daughter preparing to flee with her father and en route to Edmund's house to say goodbye. She seems torn about drawing blood for her own twisted purposes, but her new found religious influence kicks in...and convinces her it's God's will.

It was a nice surprise since a character finding religion usually mellows them out, but in Gemma's case, it validates her instinct to rain fire down on her enemies and smite them. On the other hand, I guess she hasn't gotten to the part about "Thou shalt not kill" yet.

Unfortunately, those are the only loose ends that the club can tie together. Gemma is caught shooting Zobelle's daughter as Agent Stahl hides from her after accidentally killing Edmund who has been working with her but ordered by his father Cameron to kill Stahl. Stahl not only weasels her way out of accidentally shooting Edmund but pins both kills on Gemma after giving her a head start to flee the scene. Instead of visiting her family, she goes on the lamb with Unser.

Then Cameron overhears his son's murder on a police scanner and gets back at the club by murdering Half-Sack and kidnapping Jax's infant son, Abel, in probably the tensest scene I've seen on TV all year. Babies usually aren't collateral damage in TV dramas, but if it were to happen on any show, Sons of Anarchy would be it and that fact alone grabbed me by the face and drew me closer to my set.

Since Abel's kidnapping is just about the perfect distraction for Jax and Clay, Zobelle manages to escape after holing himself up in a convenience store loaded with little kids. He manages to flee the country without a scratch on him, except, of course, for the permanent one on his soul left by the death of his daughter. Something tells me his travels abroad won't be permanent.

But the most powerful scene goes to the one at the very end as Jax watches Cameron drive off into the sunset in a powerboat with his infant son. The coolest and most calculating character, sometimes even more so than Zobelle, is reduced to a blubbering mass of sorrow and man screams as Clay cradles him in his arms. It was an awesome ending for a show that increased its awesome quotient all season and, best of all, ensures them for a promising setup for a third season.

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Darren

I hope "Half Sack" is not dead. There wasn't a scene where we saw an ambulance, just Hale comforting Tara. Do I really need to wait til Sept for the 3rd season? Ugh.

January 27 2010 at 12:32 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
barbara

when will season 2 be out on dvd

January 02 2010 at 12:31 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
donnysgurl30

OMG!!!!! i could not believe it. it was amazing!!! cant wait till next season..

December 10 2009 at 9:13 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Steve Mer

While I do enjoy the show, anyone else ever notice that this big california biker gang who takes on the white supremisist and latino underworld......somehow manage to do this with a group of like 6 people? Hire some extras to fill up the background or something. Geez...

December 09 2009 at 4:29 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
punksrus

I completely agree with Gina about Tara's reaction. At one point when the Irish guy is stabbing Half Sac he is holding him and the gun is right there, flat and pointing down, against Half Sac's back. I was screaming at the TV!! I have trouble thinking that she wouldn't at least have grabbed for it. If they had to do this I hope that the writer's deal with it next season - Tara wracked with guilt over her cowardice.

December 09 2009 at 10:29 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Dottie

If Jax isn't nominated for a Best Actor emmy I will be completely shocked. And I wonder if enough Emmy voters watch?

December 09 2009 at 2:28 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Gina

The one thing that bothered me was Tara.

I know the episodes showed that she had left Charming because of the violence that Jax was part of bothered her.

But she came back for that violence. She knew Jax would protect her from that creep fed.

She slowly started to while not enjoy the violence she was starting to accept it. What bothered me was she put up no fight to protect Abel. Granted she is not his "mother" but she has been caring for that child since it was born. First as Abel's doctor than as his (I guess the only word for it is) stepmother. As a mother that b***rd Irish man would have had to pull that baby from my cold dead arms before I would let him take him. She froze. I get it that the porn star car as a shooting target was fun and no one got hurt. I get it that punching the hospital administrator was basically for her own survival (her job). But a baby that should have brought out the most violence in her "mother" or not.

As a human if I see someone standing over a baby with a knife and a gun the ba***rd is gonna get hurt. She did nothing but cry. Sure she ran to Half-Sack after he had been stabbed. But she let Cameron leave with the baby and tie her to a chair. It didn't look like she put up a fight. Cameron did not have any scratches or marks on him later.

December 04 2009 at 1:39 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
tadow

No season finale has ever left me with such a visceral feeling of anger, disappointment (in a good way) and disbelief. I am yearning for next season. It's like the last sitting down to a thanksgiving feast and only being denied the pumpkin pie until next year.
1. Weston's death - it was done exactly how it needed to be done. In real life, racial supremacists, murderers, rapists and drug dealers have families who love them, be that a mother or a child. Their deaths impact other people, whether we like it or not. No matter how bad someone is, their ultimate demise will hurt someone. Sutter was sure not to allow us to savor Weston's death because that's just not the reality of vengeance. No matter how deserving, revenge is always cruel and the giver of it is always evil in that moment.
2. Zobelle's escape - Arrgh!!! So frustrating, but also very necessary. This expands the SOA universe and will allow for us to see SAMCRO outside of Charming. It would have been to easy to wrap him up in a convenience store all neat and tidy in a little bow like that. Give the writer a little more credit than that easy way out.
3. Stahl/Gemma - That witch!!! But what else do you expect from agent Stahl? I honestly knew something very bad was going to happen from the moment Gemma explained that her religious awakening meant she was supposed to be a "fierce mother". Something there showed that Gemma now had been sanctioned by the big man himself to do what she thought would protect her family. Gemma has always been morally ambiguous (giving drugs to Abel's mom anyone?). But at that moment I knew she had no limits and this was the result. It ultimately led to the kicker of the night.
4. Cameron/Abel - Why Half Sack, why???? All I can say about that is that it was totally unexpected. It broke all the boundaries that are set for late night programming. There is always this fictitious code floating around that bad guys dont do this or that. But as we see, and Sutter so sadly points out, bad guys do anything they want to. That's what makes them bad. Jax's cry at the end? Phenomenal

December 04 2009 at 10:39 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Gina

But in her defense giving the drugs to Abel's mom saved that boy from a horrible child hood. Does anyone honestly think that that woman could have raised a child? By giving her the drugs Gemma proved that the mom was not ready to give them up for her son. Thus saving that baby from heart break and poverty and abuse.

December 07 2009 at 4:41 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
King

Wow.
First off, to the one that said viewers are entitled to savor the downfall of Weston and Zobelle. I will admit, I was a little disappointed that Zobelle got away, but it leaves things open. The one I was more hoping to see get what was coming to them was Stahl. I've been waiting for that b**** to bite a bullet since she first appeared.
And as for Weston. I think what the writers did was pure brilliance. That scene alone describes this show to me. It seriously blurred the lines between morals for all on the show. And it showed the two characters, Jax and Weston, in a new light. Weston got a death that is normally reserved for protagonists and heroes. Making sure his son didn't see, the last words uttered to his son. The kiss on the forehead and the son sent out. It showed that this character is treated like a person. Sure, he's a nazi b****rd, but he also put himself in a position to be, if not a good one, at least a loving father. Makes his death more potent, I think.
And then you have Jax. Watching quietly as the son went away. That unrestrained look of rage in his eyes as he pulled the gun up and fired off into Weston. Actions that break away from the norm. There is no forgiving. An evil action. The man deserved it, sure, but still an evil action from the main character.
That being, I think, the best scene in the show so far. Jax has straddled the line before, but I think with this episode he thoroughly crossed it, showing what he is capable of when someone crosses his family, and giving us an idea of what might be in store for Cameron and Stahl next season. Anyone taking bets on which of them go down first?

December 03 2009 at 6:33 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Carly

Just seen it!

So many things to talk about but I was just blown away by the ending. Its not very often you watch something on telly that truly suprises you. I love that I cant predict what will happen next. Jax's reaction took my breath away. He is normally so in control of his emotions but he quite obviously had the rug pulled out from underneath him. I cannot shake off the complete look of horror on his face.

I hope the little one makes it back safe and well!

December 03 2009 at 4:45 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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