Sons Of Anarchy: Season 7
Youngling’s among us cannot fully appreciate what television was like in your selection was limited to about seven stations, even in a major market such as New York City. Now, with literally hundreds of networks available, including dozens of premium channels enhanced of late by streaming video services, the paradigm of television programming has been forever changed. Replacing the old model of creating shows that pander to the broadest audience possible to secure the all-important ratings, and limited in content by the immutable edicts of the FCC, The Federal Communications Commission. Since their official mandate precludes authority over anything but the traditional broadcast channels, the new sources of programs has been freed to include liberal use of violence, sexual content and profanity. This has committed programs that are able to delve into far more mature themes that ever before. The series examined here, ‘Sons of Anarchy’ has gone in an extremely fanatical fan base and has been well lauded excellence in writing, production and performances. It is considered by many to be one of the best modernizations of the Shakespearean tragedy, Hanlet’, the intrigues of the Danish court has been replaced by the illegal and often immoral machinations of an outlaw motorcycle gang. One corollary of the new programming paradigm that may not be as frequently considered as the liberation of content standards is the explosion in potential series to fill the time slots. With such a plethora of themes now available, there is no shortage in new ideas. Whereas the network executives, which frequently run a popular series literally into the ground, it is now more feasible than ever to allow a series a fitting conclusion that does justice to its quality in respect to the fans. After seven exceptionally intense and popular seasons, ‘Sons of Anarchy’, was given its final curtain call. As any story of such exceptional quality as infused in this instance, will contain such a myriad of intertwined story threads that is nigh on impossible to tie them all. So, the show runners of the series, Kurt Sutter, in demonstration wisdom, decided against insulting the audience with a halfhearted try instead concentrated on the ones most integral to the psychological impact and emotional intensity that true the fan base in the first place.
Season seven begins fix up a couple of weeks after the shocking conclusion of the previous season. Jax Teller (Charlie Hunnam) is still reeling from the vicious murder of his wife, Tara (Maggie Siff). As usual, the audience is privy to information that remains concealed from Jax, the person who stabbed her in the head with a serving fork was his mother, Gemma (Katey Sagal), with an accomplice after the fact. In one of Jax’s most trusted lieutenants, Juice Ortez (Theo Rossi). Another detail, unknown to the club is that Juice as previously betrayed the club by assisting law enforcement and is significantly psychologically unbalanced. Since wrestling the presidency of SAMCRO from his former stepfather, Clay Morrow (Ron Perlman), has been struggling to hold the club together against the tsunami of problems with rival gangs of various ethnicities as well as their longtime partner in gunrunning, and ultraviolet faction of the IRA. Jax has been desperate to move the club out of their criminal activity on to more legitimate enterprises. In this case, ‘legitimate’ indicates legal in the strictest sense of the word. The proposed new business interests include a pornography studio in an escort service/brothel. His partner for the latter is his mother’s new boyfriend, Nero Padilla (Jimmy Smits), former Latino gang member whose major role here is that the diplomatic liaison between SAMCRO and the other gangs.
One of the most brutal adversaries in this maelstrom of hatred and distrust is an African-American controlled organized crime syndicate. Previously, there CEO Was Permanently Dispatched with the Son’s deeply involved. Jax devotes much of his time this season to trying to placate them, buying enough time to resolve the various issues at hand. One of his main ways of attempting this is to blackmail the new chief for the murder of a local preacher. Jax manages to get his family to assist but everything backfires on the horrible consequences. The thing about a final season is that absolutely no character is safe. A fan favorite throughout the series, Robert Munson (Mark Boone Junior ), better known as ‘Bobby Elvis’, is kidnapped by the syndicate with the a deadline, punctuated by the receipt of various of his body parts. Jax strikes out at one of the main betrayers, the president of another chapter of the Sons, murdering him. This requires a vote for ‘Meeting Mr. Mayhem’, called parlance for summary execution. All Jax truly want to this time is to save his two sons, Able and Thomas. Considerably adding to his problems, Able inadvertently finds out that grandma killed mommy and lashes out with the display of psychopathic tendencies.
This series has always been known for its gritty realism and unabashed intensity. Mr. Sutter has made every effort over the past seven years to portray outlaw motorcycle gangs as hardened criminals with absolutely no compunction about taking lives. Woven throughout this extremely antisocial behavior is a code of conduct that is strictly enforced. If a truce between gangs is breached. There are serious consequences that typically keep the medical examiner exceptionally busy. To state that Jax is caught between a rock and hard place is an understatement of such extremity as to make this traditional comparison futile. A more accurate depiction would be Jax is standing on the balance beam with a wood chipper on one side and a vat of acid on the other. One slip and he is in for death delivered in the most excruciating way possible.
The fact is that have made this series, held in such high esteem resulting from its excellence on every layer of production, does not disappoint in the closing hours. Whether the audience realizes that the Shakespearean play that is frequently cited as the template concludes with the stage littered with corpses. The expectation for any to avoid an unpleasant demise is extremely thin. A few of the more peripheral characters may emerge with some semblance to a happy ending, but this is certainly never expected by the fans for the principal characters. There is certainly no lack of excellent actors in this ensemble cast. Every single one of them consistently provides performances that are mesmerizing. Tommy Flanagan as the club’s vice president and closest confidant for Jax, ‘'Chibs' Telford manages to strike an incredible emotional balance and his portrayal of this highly conflicted man. Within a heartbeat, he is called upon to switches personality from a trusted avuncular confidant to a stone cold killer able to do anything necessary to protect his club and friends. There is a rather dark comedic touch to the character of Tig (Kim Coates), the former Sergeant At Arms and current principle enforcer. He is close to being a certifiable psychopath but his proclivity for fluidity in sexual preference is finally brought6 out by his affair with a transvestite. That role is spectacularly by an actor in the F/X stable Walter Groggins, most recently from ‘Justified’. Guest appearances by performers including Cortney Love, CCH Pounder, Danny Trejo and Donal Logue has ensured that even the transitory role of guest actors are filled with people possessing exception rang and depth to their craft. It is always sad when a favorite series meets with its end but this one remained true to its quality right up to the final fade to black.