Review of Sons of Anarchy shown on September 28, 2010.
I have watched Sons of Anarchy from the first show and quickly got hooked. For those of you who haven’t ever watched the show, it is one of cable’s finer shows and can be seen every Tuesday night on FX. It follows the antics of a motorcycle club and the people who are involved with them in one way or another. It stars Katy Segal, of Married with Children fame, Ron Perlman, of Hellboy fame, and Charlie Hunnam. Katy plays Gemma Teller, mother figure to the group and wife/girlfriend of Ron Perlman who plays Clay Morrow, the leader of the biker gang. She is also Jax Teller’s mom, who is played by Charlie Hunnam.
It would take me forever to explain the complicated relationships that surround this motley crew of bikers, but they are a family. To put it simply; it is a generation spanning drama about a Northern California motorcycle club who try to protect their hometown from drug dealers and greedy developers while running guns themselves.
The show is not in any way made for children as there is adult language, violence, sexual situations, and some nudity.
In the current season, Gemma is on the run after being set up for a murder by a dirty DEA agent. She and the biker assigned to guard her end up going to her father’s house to rest and hide for a while. Gemma ran away from home when she was 16 years old and has only gone back a few times since. Her mother has died in her absence and now, on her return, she finds her father at the end stages of Alzheimer’s. He thinks she is her mother most of the time, but for this poignant episode, her dad, brilliantly played by Hal Holbrook, has a moment of clarity. He tells Gemma that he does know that her mother is dead and that he is going to be moved to a nursing home soon. He had a care giver, but had been going off on his own and getting lost. Gemma decides to put him into a home for his own safety. The moment between father and daughter was brilliantly written as they face the sad fact of his leaving his home forever together.
The time comes for him to go to the home and he has slipped away again. Not physically, but mentally. He does not want to go and doesn’t understand why he must stay at the nursing home. It is too much for Gemma and she asks her son’s girlfriend to take her dad into the building and get him settled. She sits in the car and sobs as she does what she has to do for her dad’s safety.
It is moments like this that make this show so good. In-between the craziness that the club gets involved in are real moments that just tear your heart out. I was watching in bed with my husband, trying not to break into sobs and making a boob out of myself. It just can really hit close to home at times and I can identify with Gemma all too well.
Check the show out. Don’t let the fact that it is about a gang of bikers turn you off. It is about family, however strange that family may be it is still a family. Something with which we all can relate.