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Review: Sons of Anarchy - Potlatch

by Danny Gallagher, posted Oct 28th 2009 9:28AM

"Pull the trigger man. That's the only way this leather is coming off my back." - Jax to Alvarez, the head of the Mayans who orders him to give up his club jacket


Jax is supposed to be the hero of this little modern day Shakesperian epic, but he's starting to look more and more like the enemy in each episode.

I don't mean that he'll be the one in the end who has been scheming the whole time behind SAMCRO's back with the white power. This is a well-crafted, slow paced, high caliber drama, not a badly written Schwarzenegger movie with a thrown together twist ending (cough, Total Recall, cough).

Jax is more of an enemy of himself. He might have good intentions at heart, but his moves are nowhere near his brain. Maybe his loyalty to his family runs deeper than he ever imagined. Logic and family hardly make a decent cocktail. Anyone with a brother-in-law can tell you that.

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Sons of Anarchy: Albification (season premiere)

by Danny Gallagher, posted Sep 8th 2009 11:26PM
Clay and Jax on Sons of Anarchy(S02E01) - "I'm not going to swap one outlaw for another one."

How do you turn a group of gruff biker outlaws who deal potent drugs to street trash and hardcore hardware to ruthless killers into a likable group of huggable stud muffins?

That's easy. You make a group of radical white supremacists into their enemies. It's the old "lovable by association" tactic of TV writing. Is the audience not buying your childhood version of Darth Vader? Then throw in a wise-cracking alien that sounds like Pee Wee Herman with Down's Syndrome.

However, in the case of the second season of Sons of Anarchy, it's a pretty sweet power play for a show that already packed more punch than an Absinthe smoothie.

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Jane After Dark: Sons of Anarchy - bikes, guns, sex and Katey Sagal

by Jane Boursaw, posted Aug 30th 2009 3:12PM
Sons of Anarchy - Katey Sagal and Ron Perlman
I've been hearing about an awesome new show on FX since it aired last year, and finally got around to watching season one of Sons of Anarchy this week for Jane After Dark. Being a motorcycle babe myself, I love any show where bikes or gangs are the central focus.

But even if you've never mounted a bad chopper, there are plenty of reasons to love this badass show about the Sons of Anarchy Motorcycle Club Redwood Originals (SAMCRO). They run a legal automotive business while dealing arms, battling rival gangs, and working with the cops (sometimes) to keep their town of Charming, California a pleasant place to live. You can see all the irony at work here.

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Talk Talk: a tribute to Beverly Sills

by Bob Sassone, posted Jul 4th 2007 5:59PM
  • Beverly SillsCharlie Rose: a tribute to Beverly Sills, who died earlier this week
  • The Late Show With David Letterman: Rosie Perez and Dr. Dog (repeat)
  • Jay Leno: Thomas Haden Church and Ne-Yo (repeat)
  • Jimmy Kimmel Live: Bernie Mac, Bob Odenkirk, and Fiction Plane (repeat)
  • Tavis Smiley: Chevy Chase (repeat)
  • Late Night With Conan O'Brien: Robin Williams and Gilde Ensemble (repeat)
  • The Late, Late Show With Craig Ferguson: Wanda Sykes, Tina Brown, and Bobby Valentino (repeat)
  • Last Call With Carson Daly: Henry Rollins and The Bird and the Bee (repeat)

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New TV on DVD releases this week

by Bob Sassone, posted Jun 4th 2007 6:55PM

Johnny CarsonNew TV DVDs, in stores tomorrow.

  • Chappelle's Show - Best Of
  • CHiPs - Season 1
  • The Cosby Show - Seasons 3 and 4
  • Dark Angel - Seasons 1 and 2 (Thin)
  • The Dead Zone - Season 5
  • Doctor Who - Stories 115, 116 and 117
  • The Fall Guy - Season 1, Volumes 1 and 2 and also a Season 1 set
  • The Henry Rollins Show - Season 1
  • Hex - Season 1
  • Hogan's Heroes - Season 6
  • Mission: Impossible - Season 2
  • The Outer Limits - Vol. 1
  • Rescue Me - Season 3
  • Robin Hood - Season 1
  • Seinfeld - Season 8
  • SpongeBob SquarePants - Bikini Bottom Adventures
  • Survivorman - Survivorman
  • The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson - Best of Standup Comedians and The King of Late Night
  • Wait Till Your Father Gets Home - Season 1
  • What's New Scooby Doo? - Season 2

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Best and Worst of 2006: Brett's List

by Brett Love, posted Jan 8th 2007 10:02AM
Matthew Perry, Colin Ferguson, Jesse Plemons2006 was a good year for television, but then all years are good years for television. Nostalgia often makes us think that things were better way back when, but I wouldn't trade my hundreds of channels of digital cable for the three networks on the rabbit ears for anything. Even the somewhat obscure channels like The-N (South of Nowhere), GSN (High Stakes Poker), and IFC (Henry Rollins Show) manage to bring some good stuff to the table. Of course, things are never all rosey, but we'll get to that later. First, some of the best things about TV this past year.

NBC's handling of Studio 60 and Friday Night Lights - Many of us, myself included, are quick to jump on the networks when they dump a show just a few episodes in. So it's worth acknowledging that the network has been more than patient with these two shows. Many shows that have come before them have been blown right off the schedule for generating similar ratings. Studio 60 kicked off their season with ratings that declined week after week and, honestly, Friday Night Lights just never had any ratings to begin with. I really hope their patience pays off and audiences find these shows. They both deserve to see a second season.

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Henry Rollins writes letter to Ann Coulter

by Adam Finley, posted Jun 13th 2006 5:59PM
henry rollinsWell, he didn't really write a letter Ann Coulter, but he does in this funny clip. Fair warning, the clip contains some bad language, and is probably NSFW, unless you have headphones on. It's pretty amusing, though I'll be the first to say that these two have at least one thing in common, which is that I don't really care about either of their political beliefs. Nevertheless, Rollins' "love letter" did have me cracking up at least a couple times, especially the part about memorizing every line of Caddyshack. I also think that should be required of all my romantic conquests. It seems like a perfectly legitimate request.

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What's on tonight: celebrities cooking all over the place, Marilyn, Julia, Henry

by Bob Sassone, posted Apr 22nd 2006 4:12PM
  • TuckervilleABC is showing Pretty Woman at 8 (not sure why - it's 15 years old and has been seen by almost everyone by now).
  • CBS has a new 48 Hours Mystery on Marilyn Monroe at 8, follwed by Nicholson in Something's Gotta Give.
  • NBC cancels Celebrity Cooking Showdown, but tonight at 8 there are two eps? So all the fans (both of you) can get caught up. It's followed by a Law and Order: CI repeat.
  • FOX has the Subway Fresh 500 all night. No, that's not a new big sandwich, it's NASCAR.
  • Also at 8: if those celebs above cooking isn't enough for you, John Corbett joins Emeril on Food Network for some "Country Cookin."
  • At 8:15, IFC has Shallow Grave, followed by new eps of The Henry Rollins Show and Samurai 7.
  • At 9, TLC has a new Trading Spaces, followed by two new eps of Tuckerville.
  • At 10 (or after Braves baseball), TBS has Back to the Future II.
  • NBC has a repeat SNL at 11:30, with Natalie Portman and Fall Out Boy.

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