Trust me when I say I have been impatiently waiting for the return of Sons of Anarchy on FX. I’ve been paying attention to show creator Kurt Sutter’s YouTube channel and blog posts plus reading every article that comes out with news about the SOA. Spoilers or not, I wanted to know what was going down. Before I get down to my review of the show, let’s do a quick season 3 recap.
Last season, the MC went to Ireland to get Jax’s son back after being taken my Cameron Hayes. After being dicked around and killin some people, they got Abel back. However before leaving, Jax made a deal with FBI Agent Stahl to turn over the Jimmy O and The True IRA in exchange for reduced prison time for the club and to get Gemma free of all murder charges that she was facing. Some other stuff goes down (Tara and her boss get taken hostage by Hector Salazar, Tara is also pregnant with Jax’s kid, Jax almost nails his half-sister, the club gets some new prospects, Tig and Kozik fight over a dog, ect). The season ends by SAMCRO giving some Russians some counterfeit money for Jimmy O, Chibs kills Jimmy O, Opie kills Stahl, Jax being a Rat was pre-planned and half the club goes to jail.
On to the premiere of season 4 (SPOILERS AHEAD).
The episode opens with the incarcerated crew getting out of prison and everyone getting ready for their home coming. It’s an opening sequence you can’t help but to smile at as the MC becomes whole again. BUT that is quickly torn to shit as Otto offs himself in prison. Then the MC meets the new law in town and realize Charming is not so charming anymore.
Once all the members fresh out of jail are brought up to speed on the new Charming situation, SAMCRO meets with the Russians to straighten out their future gun business. What they don’t know is a new DA in Charming has a man on the inside with the Russians. The DA plans to take down the Russians and their gun business while taking town the True IRA and SAMCRO in the process. This makes the new police Sheriff, Eli Roosevelt very happy and agrees to come on board to take everyone down.
After meeting with the Russians, love is in the air as Clay and Jax get some much needed lovin’ from their old ladies. After words Jax talks to Tara about leaving SAMCRO (and proposes).
We then get our first surprise of the episode (and a good one at that). OTTO IS NOT DEAD. He sliced himself to get close to the person who shanked Jax in the SOA Appisode titled “Pay Phone“. Otto then crams a scalpel in his ear.
The episode then goes into a happy moment where Opie and Lyla get married. Attending the wedding is all of SAMCRO and family plus some Mayans and Russians. Once the wedding is over, the club uses a truck borrowed from Unser to take some members to check out some guns from the Russians. Then the show gets cranked up to 11 as SAMCRO ends up killing ALL the Russians including the DA’s inside man.
I was happy with the episode but FX took a ton of advertising during this premiere. There were definitely too many ads, but I understand FX needs to make money and this is a prime spot to take in it.
The episode as a whole was good. Everything I was expecting/assuming was taken away. I assumed the inside man for the Russians would play out a into a few episodes and assumed Otto was dead. They kill off any assumptions you may have and leave you wondering what is really going to happen this season.
The ending was by far the best part of the episode and I look forward to the DA and police trying find a way to take SAMCRO down with their inside man now dead. Also interesting is how Jax plans to leave the club when it seems like everytime he wants to leave, something pulls him back in. Plus, in all honestly, if Jax leaves then there really is no show.
On a small side note, I watched SOA on DirecTV. During the scene when Clay and Unser talk, my audio kept going out. Did anyone else experience this? My only guess is it might have been due to the large amount of viewers after Kurt Sutter issued a contest on his blog.