FX's original series, Sons of Anarchy is an adrenalized drama that explores a notorious outlaw motorcycle club's desire to protect its livelihood, a ruthless business driven by money, power, and blood.
I forced myself to finish the series. I knew what was going to happen and hoped by watching the episode detail, that I would find redemption and justification for the ever escalating violence and betrayal. Characters I admired in the first few seasons, I ended up loathing in the last few, most notably Gemma (Katey Sagal). I grew increasingly disappointed in Jax. He knew right from wrong and had the added insight of his father's manuscript, yet none of that mattered. In addition to his rampant violence, he broke countless promises to Tara and others. His character degraded just as much as Gemma's, and the series lost its focus.
I'm glad I'm done with this series and Sutter, too, is scratched off my list.
iWatched SONS 3y after airing ended on television - I was going to quit because the 1st few episodes of season 1 were blah & slow so I was feeling disappointed w/ all the hype I heard about the show - Sticking it out I'm glad I did! - I became so emotionally attached to the characters it was kinda of ridiculous having to tell myself it's just a TV show - But at the same time it's not really ridiculous because I believe that anyone who watches it can relate in some form or fashion because just as much as it was a show about crime; drugs, guns, sex, etc..., it was a show about life; family, love, trust, etc.., & we all have some of the same or similar issues when it comes to those things. There is so much more iCan say, but I'd rather you watch it and feel the show for yourself. ~Jazz
If you're reading this and you've not reached the last two episodes of the season, brace your bladder and watch them in one sitting.
The show wrapped up where it began. The major questions were answered. A few minor questions were left open.
Character wise, everyone came into their own. The SAMCRO boys all showed their metal. Tig finds love and in a way only he can. Chibs too. The supporting cast got their due as well. Chucky shows that he has heart instead of just being the guy that runs naked through the hospital as a distraction. T.O. got an awesome story in the last episode that we'll never see the ending for I bet.
Jax's story got wrapped up. He manned up, figured out the lesson his father taught him and got things done. When makes peace with the truth about *Spoilers* death, he has a real moment of clarity and remorse for his turning into Clay.
There are some real tear jerking moments. Hey, they may be outlaws but they're perfect anti-heroes made for this day and age.
Favorite Character: Chibs (Always will be) Favorite Episode: Red Rose (Big Deaths and really the wrap up finale) Best line: Either by Abel (You'll know it, TRUST ME) or Juice to Marilyn Manson's character. Best moment: Jax's realization of what his actions have done.
The Series Finale was mostly wrapping up the emotional stuff and making sure things were finally on the right path.
Watch it. Enjoy it. Then go back and watch the first episode to see how much things changed.
The last season of an award winning show - can we call it a show? It was more like an experience. By the time you got to season seven you slept, dreamt, lived SoA. Season seven pulled out all the stops and kept you on the roller coaster from scene one of the first show until the last frame of the finale. The excellent writing for the characters and plot formation pulled mere mortals into the world of the Club and let us live vicariously through the Family. This was a groundbreaking show in season one and it continued to break ground until the cameras stopped rolling. Heart stopping - all the way to the end.
The final season and the final episode lived up to expectations. The various story threads were resolved and the "cosmic justice" was sorta restored. Once again, though, murder and death were the remedy for everything. If there was a theme, it was a continuation of the notion that a single lie can have a "butterfly-wing" effect that resounds down through the echoing halls of time (sorry about the crappy mixed metaphor). The sixth and seventh seasons hinged on the tragedies that followed from Gemma's (and Juice's) lie about Tara's death, and the wrap-up of season seven was an exercise in karma and remorse--satisfying if a little improbable.
Again, the acting was excellent (Theo Rossi's "Juice," allowing or even seeking punishment, was a tour de force), the characters were for the most part well drawn, and some of the minor achieved substance that ordinarily would be reserved for the lead players. It was overall a first-rate ensemble cast.
One problem with the series from start to finish; repeated gunfights leaving dozens of bodies littering the landscape or buried here and there seem to elicit no attention from the police, the feds, the FBI or even the neighbors. A fifteen-minute battle with multiple automatic weapons touching off thousands of rounds couldn't pass without instant notice in the real world. True, there are a couple of law enforcement types who are "on the case," but pitched battle events would draw a LOT of immediate attention from the locals.