In two episodes, Sons of Anarchy will be over. I’ve never really written a word on the show in its entire run except for a few snarky tweets here and there, but TV shows that make it have been a bit of an obsession of mine over the past year. I can’t not acknowledge Sons as part of that high echelon.
But to keep it short, I can’t say that I’m going to be sad at all when it goes. I binged the first two seasons to get current a few years ago, and I’ve faithfully been watching it ever since, but it’s been a chore these past two years. Over the course of any TV show’s life, patterns inevitably begin to emerge, and SOA isn’t immune.
Two things are pretty much guaranteed in each episode: 1) musical montage, and 2) Jax has to save the world.
It’s the latter that bothers me so much. I get that shows have archetypal characters, and tropes are tropes for a reason — and Jax is basically Hamlet* — but that doesn’t excuse the show from being boring.
*Or was. SOA has taken a turn from that source material — for the better, I think.
Yes, I said it.
Week after week, year after year, all hell comes to Charming, CA, and it’s up to Jax Teller to save the day. Every single time. Yeah, I know Jax is a badass dude, and he’s strong and sturdy and made to bear the blows. But, come on.
I was reading a thread on Reddit a week or so ago about that moment when you realize a show has jumped the shark. I don’t know if SOA every fully jumped, but I don’t think the show was ever the same after the trip to Ireland. It was strange and intense, but definitely some soap opera drama going on. I’m not sure it ever fully recovered from Season 3. I mean, I still talk about the finale to that one. But at the same time, I have a hard time pinpointing much of anything that happened after that. I mean, yeah, I remember certain characters’ deaths (someheartbreaking, others not at all), but what did the story do after that?
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