‘Sons of Anarchy’ Review: ‘Poenientia’

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Roses are red, violets are blue, I hate about every freaking person on this show, how about you???

I don’t ask for much from my television shows except some intelligence, humor and something for me to root for. I haven’t gotten any of these in the past two weeks and it’s becoming a major let down. The main theme of this season seems to be absolute fuckery. These characters are so far off from where they began that it feels like we are watching an entirely different show. Let’s take a look at the major players and see just what we have to work with here.

Jax. No one else looks as good in plaid, a leather jacket, and white sneakers as this man, but they have officially ruined his character to the point where he needs a ‘come to Jesus’ moment.  His arrogance used to be charming, but now I want to smack the grin off his face. He doesn’t even realize that not accepting Clay’s apology and dropping the whole thing makes him no better than Clay. Yes, he is a scumbag, who hurt your family, but are we forgetting the fact he was basically your father and raised you as his own his whole life? Apparently we like to pretend this isn’t a fact.

Also, Jax just nonchalantly walks into a dangerous situation with the Arabs after they had just tried to kill him. Chibs seems to be the only person wondering what the fuck is up with this kid’s attitude, but even he lets his President do what he pleases. After dealing with the Arabs, Jax realizes that Tig killed the man’s brother and is more trouble then he is worth. He hands Tig over to Pope’s men, giving August and his crew Tig’s exact whereabouts.

Last season we heard Jax say he couldn’t turn in one of his own, but then does it the next chance he gets when he realizes he cannot control Tig. He even kissed him and told his brother that he loved him. We last see Tig realizing Jax’s betrayal as Pope’s men walk him and approach him.

We can only assume that we’ve seen the last of Tig, but just the beginning of Jax’s continuing spiral downward as someone, quite frankly, worse then Clay.  Oh and P.S Jax, just because Tara is pregnant doesn’t mean you didn’t give her a nasty STD from the dirty mommy hooker you are clearly infatuated with.  Step away from the Oedipus complex, put on your big boy pants, and become a daddy to your kids.

So why is Clay a good guy? Let’s face it; he is by no means a good man. In fact, he has never been a good man since day one, which is why I like him as a character and somewhat respect him. Clay has always put things on the table, and even when he lies, it’s for his own self interest, but that’s the way he’s always been. He is not a hypocrite and does not hide behind the veneer of being a good man. That’s the major difference between Clay and Jax.

Jax likes to believe he is all heart, but ultimately, he is just as big an asshole as Clay if not worse. Does Clay betray the club and rat on their dealings? No, he does not because it will really get him nowhere. Everything he did was for himself and the club he loves so much, so turning on them would be losing his whole sense of purpose in life. He takes his beatings, he works deals, and somehow, he remains alive in jail with a bit of help from Jax. Jax still needs Clay, whether he likes it or not, to deal with the Irish.

Do I think he will make it out of this season alive? I honestly don’t think he should, but knowing Kurt Sutter, he will and I do not mind at all. Clay is the only person not lying about who he is and it’s refreshing on a show filled with terrible people lying to everyone they love.

As for Lee….is this a fucking acid trip I am on with him? Seriously, what in the actual fuck am I supposed to gain from a homicidal drug using renegade vigilante from hell? He accidentally shoots the hooker he brought home, kills her and then plants her hair in what appears to be Gemma’s car? If it’s Jax’s car, sorry, but they all share that damn car.

I miss the crazy ass bitch FBI lady. At least when she went after the club, it was fun, but this guy makes me want to vomit. His quest for revenge makes sense, but then he became Willy Wonka of the damn Meth Factory all of a sudden. Can he just die and take Unser with him? I should not be this uncomfortable watching someone’s scenes and they aren’t even doing anything significant. Good grief!

My one positive of this episode…Wendy is a sneaky bitch and I kind of dig it. She faked getting almost raped to play on Gemma’s emotions and it worked! She even got Gemma to give her a gun. Now one would think Gemma is smart enough to learn not to do that. She just set up Clay the same way last season, using his gun as part of the way to frame him. Apparently she also thinks she’s invincible. I wonder where Jax gets it from?!

However, unfortunately, I think the hag shrew troll from hell Tara is in cahoots with Wendy. I do not think Tara is really pregnant, I think she got her friend to fake results.  This seems like a larger than life scheme to get Tara and Wendy custody of their children and away from Jax. You cannot trust these bitches as far as you can throw them.

Gemma should get what’s coming to her, but again I root for NO ONE! NO ONE!! Okay, maybe Wendy a little, but Tara, not at all. Gemma is so happy with Nero that trouble is about to happen pretty soon and I cannot wait for that fallout. By fallout I mean all of these people dead or near death, but really, Tara dead. This was obviously my “Tara must die” section of the review I always have to include. You are welcome.

As far as Bobby is concerned it appears I was right and he is building his own crew. You know what, I actually like Bobby. Do I love him? Nope, but like Clay, he really hasn’t changed much.  If he cleans up Jax’s mess, I will enjoy the little prince getting schooled by Fat Elvis, who seems to actually live by the code these fools all pretend to live by. Bring on the rebellion!

Special shout out to the possible and most probably dead Tig! If you really are dead, I will miss your insane reactions to people pissing you off. I will also miss your awkward sexual situations with women, and male hookers who dress like women. Please do not let us see you getting burned alive or decapitated or….let’s face it, they will show us everything.

This episode was another let down and I can only hope it’s building to some great action and intense storytelling I miss so much from this show. Watching bad people become worse people is never fun, and without repercussions there is never any sense of fulfillment on the viewer’s part. Can we get a little injection of happy and not so much full on fuckery every week? Pretty please?!

Will we see Tig’s death? Is Tara really pregnant? Will Jax find out about Bobby’s plans? Will I ever stop asking these inane leading questions? Find out next week on an all new Sons of Anarchy!

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Amanda Drago is a writer at TVSource Magazine. Also known as “Hot Mess Mandy”, she's fan of sarcasm and snark with a Bachelor’s Degree in handling the “cray” and a Masters in real talk. Huge fan of soaps, reality TV, and really any well written show that can handle her short attention span. Usually the trashier the show, the better. Follow her on Twitter at @HotMessMandy