TV Review: SONS OF ANARCHY Season Five Episode 6, 'Small World'
Published: October 18, 2012 - 5:58am
Sons of Anarchy follows the lives of a close-knit outlaw motorcycle club operating in Charming, a fictional town in the Central Valley of Northern California. Created by Kurt Sutter, the show's next episode is scheduled to air Tuesday, October 23rd, only on FX.
Sons of Anarchy is an adrenalized drama with darkly comedic undertones that explores a notorious outlaw motorcycle club's (MC) desire to protect its livelihood while ensuring that their simple, sheltered town of Charming, California remains exactly that, Charming. The MC must confront threats from drug dealers, corporate developers, and overzealous law officers. Behind the MC's familial lifestyle and legally thriving automotive shop is a ruthless and illegally thriving arms business. The seduction of money, power, and blood.
Jackson 'Jax' Teller (Charlie Hunnam) is SAMCRO's new President who must face the consequences of the MC's illicit deeds before it tears apart the club. Gemma Teller-Morrow (Katey Sagal) is Jax's formidable mother, Clarence 'Clay' Morrow (Ron Perlman) is Jax's stepfather, the last of the Original Nine and former President, and Dr. Tara Knowles (Maggie Siff) is Jax's old lady and mother of his second son.
This season begins with Jax and Tara as the club's new king and queen after learning the truth behind Jax's father's death and facing the consequences of the club's illicit deeds. Stripped of his patch after Jax discovers he was complicit in John Teller's death, Clay recovers from gunshot wounds that nearly killed him while Gemma is faced with a new life without the comfort of her family. With the threat of RICO still looming, Jax has to find a way to protect his family and save his club as SAMCRO is pulled into a conflict with a potent new enemy.
Sons of Anarchy delivered a flawless episode this week as it began to pick up steam. Jax (Hunnam) and Damon Pope (Harold Perrineau) enter into this mentor and apprentice relationship as SAMCRO and the Niners settle their feud -- temporarily I hope. While they work together to try and solve the home invasions, LT. Eli (Rockmond Dunbar) suffers an extremely tragic loss which drives him over the edge due to the senseless break-in spree. In the midst of this Jax ends up visiting the home of the prison guard who threw Opie to the wolves, resulting in one of the series' most brutal scenes yet. It was an extremely satisfying act of vengeance but at the same time, collateral damage and cries of mercy made this sequence of events display SAMCRO in a terrifying light. They do not F around and in the end, these are criminals committing a violent homicide. I'll never look at a snow globe the same way again.
Gemma (Sagal) and Nero (Jimmy Smits) in the meantime are forced into bed while that crazy secretary that Tara donkey-konged tries to make them sex it up at gunpoint. This was a really scary moment and it ended with bloodshed that I didn't see coming at all. I'm not sure what this will do for Nero and Gemma's relationship, but I'd have to assume they are potentially over. With Eli convinced the Sons had something to do with his wife's death, it may only be a matter of time until he snaps and confuses the scratch marks on Tig's neck and does something drastic.
We were also treated to an amazing back and forth dialog between Otto (Kurt Sutter) and Tara (Siff). After Tara tries to convince him to reverse his statement to the Feds, Otto tells her to get on her knees after she says she'll do anything to help him. When she doesn't comply, Otto simply responds that he wouldn't either. Amazing exchange. It was also a bonus to see Unser (Dayton Callie) call out Gemma on being a tease, finally telling her like it is after she uses everyone around her. Why does that give me the feeling that Unser may be on his way out after a weight is lifted from his shoulders.
The episode ends with a reveal that we could figure out from the season premiere, so nothing was shocking here at all. But aside from that, everything was on point in 'Small World' and Sons of Anarchy continues to be amazing as always.
Preview for Next Episode
Sons of Anarchy was created by Kurt Sutter and stars Charlie Hunnam, Ron Perlman, Katey Sagal, Maggie Siff, Kim Coates, Mark Boone Junior, Tommy Flanagan, Ryan Hurst, Theo Rossi, William Lucking, Dayton Callie, David Labrava, Niko Nicotera, Fernando Andrade, Danny Trejo and Rockmond Dunbar. The show airs exclusively on FX Tuesday nights at 10 pm.