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Old October 23 2014, 10:31 AM   #1
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Sons of Anarchy - The Final Season

So, we're seven episodes into the final season and I guess nobody made a discussion thread? Well that can't be allowed to stand.

Why you ask? Well, the show has been all over the map through the years. Briefly brilliant, yet frequently frustrating. But let's face it, S7 has been a batshit-stupid trainwreck of biblical proportions.

SPOILERS of course, for all aired episodes.

So, in the timeline of the show (about 4-5 years based on ABEL!!! MY SON ABEL!!! TELL ME WHERE ABEL IS!!!! ABEL!!!!!... Abel being about that age, creepy little motherfucker that he is), the town of Charming has been an unrelenting hellscape that would make lawless mexican cartel-run shit-holes blush.

For some reason though, the town of Charming loves those wacky bikers, no matter how many people are slaughtered in the area... because.... I'm not sure... they keep the town whole? They kept Walmart from opening a store in Season 2 or something?!? They kept that one guy from building condos and then later helped him build condos?

Let's look at some of the things that have happened this season. Diosa, their perfectly-legal-for-some-reason brothel, gets shot the fuck up, whores and johns all around. I mean, it would surely make the top 20 of all-time worst shootings in American history I would think, right? Not a big deal though. Heck, Nero is looking to dump his 50% stake in this blossoming business to his friends. The guy he's selling to doesn't even bat an eye. I mean, it seems like such a good deal. How could this one little minor massacre possibly hurt the business's value?

Meanwhile, some cops roll up on the Sons doing some heroin deal with good ol' fashioned Nazis. They of course get shot up for their trouble.

The new sheriff, whose predecessor happened to have been gunned down in the Sons' gang leader's house, responds to these events by going into heat and craving the Irish biker's manhood. I mean, black sheriff guy dying is just one singular thing. Not even a pattern. For all she knows the other police shooting has nothing to do with the one biker gang that controls all criminal happenings in town. Best to get right down to collaborating with them and getting that sweet Emerald Isle peninsula if you catch my drift and oh yes you do.

The cop that survived the shooting? Well, don't worry about that, after almost dying, and finally waking up from her coma, she lets Mister Magoo, the only police chief the town ever had that was corrupt enough to survive the Sons that she's totally cool with having been shot up by Bikers and Nazis. She has a great reason for taking this position. She remembers gang leader Jax from high school. Yup. She went to high school with him. Probably thought he was a dreamboat. So no harm, no foul. I mean, she might eventually walk again right? What's the big deal? It's not like her partner died in the shooting. Oh wait. He did. What the fuck, show? Voyager's Warp 10 lizards made more sense than this shit.

You know what, I'm not even going to get into the ridiculous shit with Gemma or how last night's episode was stretched out to 90 minutes for some reason even though it was 90% filler to begin with.

This show has gotten even stupider than Dexter did as it limped over the finish line. At this point I think SoA might be even dumber than Under the Dome.

And my god, the ridiculous montages. Yep, 7x07 was called Greensleeves. It wasted half its run-time dealing with... a fake-jewish pimp who calls himself Greensleeves, and then finished with a montage featuring, you guessed it, show creator Kurt Sutter's wife Katy Sagal singing motherfucking Greensleeves. I feel bad for shitting on Stargate Universe for its propensity to dump useless montages onto the screen. I didn't realize that there was so much farther a show could sink with the concept.

So, anyone else on board for this final run of 6 episodes we have coming? The season 6 thread was lively enough. It's healthier to discuss these things.
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Old October 23 2014, 10:48 AM   #2
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Re: Sons of Anarchy - The Final Season

I will wait for it on DVD, as I have 1-5.

Perlman ("Earth, Man. What a Shit Hole") has always been one of my favorites in just about anything he has been in. I wonder, looking back, if Kurt Sutter did the right thing, letting the show drift away from Clay. I miss the characters from the first three seasons, and was amused to see so many actors and actresses from "Deadwood" in "Sons". I will always remember and be fond of that fact.

The Irish trip was also pretty cool. I thought the acting by the various irish and Russian bad guys was pretty darned good. But my thoughts keep drifting back to Clay. I understand ratings and that sometimes unexpected characters and plot lines grow from what was first planted, but, Clay, Man.

I always judge a show or movie or book by, among a few other things, whether or not I forget I am watching a performance or reading someone else's words. In other words, I get lost in the experience and end up 'inside" the story. with Sons, it happened often. Do not know if that makes sense, but, there it is.
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Old October 23 2014, 12:00 PM   #3
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Of course it is stupid as hell and nothing more than an ultra-violent fantasy tale with a middle-ages like sensibility when it comes to slaughter and mayhem... but I love it.
It left reality behind a long time ago.

Oh and... CHIBS IS SCOTTISH!!!
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Old October 23 2014, 01:15 PM   #4
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Hey, he was Mister IRA right? Irish enough for me!
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Old October 23 2014, 01:45 PM   #5
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I don't know about that, but he was Hellboy
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Old October 23 2014, 01:55 PM   #6
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We're talking about Chibs, not Clay. Or else I'm even more confused than I thought
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Old October 23 2014, 02:46 PM   #7
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Nope. In my post, I was talking about Perlman (Clay). Did I miss something? It would not be the first time!
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Old October 23 2014, 02:53 PM   #8
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Well, you missed where I was responding to Beagleman's post directly above mine, and not your post, I think.

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The new sheriff, whose predecessor happened to have been gunned down in the Sons' gang leader's house, responds to these events by going into heat and craving the Irish biker's manhood.
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I'm only still watching because I want to see how it ends (and that end better give Gemma a truly horrible comeuppance!). It does make me sad though...I used to LOVE this show. It had interesting characters and it used to have a story line. Oh well, the end is near.

I miss Ron Perlman too HIjol. I know they kept him around longer than originally planned (the whole loosely based on "Hamlet" thing), but this waste of a season could definitely benefit from his presence.
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Old Yesterday, 07:48 AM   #10
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Well, you missed where I was responding to Beagleman's post directly above mine, and not your post, I think.

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Oh and... CHIBS IS SCOTTISH!!!
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Hey, he was Mister IRA right? Irish enough for me!

Sorry, Yoda! Too many beers at Teller-Morrow!
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I'm only still watching because I want to see how it ends (and that end better give Gemma a truly horrible comeuppance!). It does make me sad though...I used to LOVE this show. It had interesting characters and it used to have a story line. Oh well, the end is near.

I miss Ron Perlman too HIjol. I know they kept him around longer than originally planned (the whole loosely based on "Hamlet" thing), but this waste of a season could definitely benefit from his presence.

Wow, EXcellent word choice, "comeuppance!"
There is something about his "presence" in whatever role he plays! Glad to find a fellow aficionado!
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Kurt Sutter has way too much time and way too little of the plot for 13 supersized episodes. That's why we have episodes about going after fake-jew-pimps.

Something like the Diosa massacre would've opened every major news program in any country. Add to that other gang related violence, like bombing a shot in the middle of the street, and the town would be swarming with the police, FBI, the army - you name it.

Back in the first few seasons they had a legitimate car or motorcycle repairing business, which seemed to bring them some sort of profit. Then in got bombed by the Irish terrorists, and no one cared. Gemma is still seen doing book-keeping, so the business is probably opened again. Why would anyone come close to it, knowing it's owned by someone who got into enough trouble with terrorists to get their shop blown up, is anyone's guess.

Yeah, by this point it's a fantasy without any basis in reality. Still occasionally fun though, if you turn off your brain.
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