SONS OF ANARCHY Season Four Finale Episode 14

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Tonight is THE night that you have all been longing for and dreading, all at the same time.  It closes out the most compelling season of Sons of Anarchy to date but don’t worry, it leaves the door open for a potentially mind-blowing season five.    “To Be, Act 2” – Jax must overcome great obstacles as he attempts to finalize the deal between the Irish and the cartel.  Written by Kurt Sutter and Chris Collins; Directed by Kurt Sutter.

A couple of things really caught my eye this week while I was watching the conclusion of season four and one of them was an unforgettable shot of Bobby (Mark Boone Junior) that resonates so beautifully in so many aspects and it unleashes the animals that have been patiently awaiting their release.   The other one was the thoughtful homage to The Shield, so pay attention or you will miss the brief cameos.  Oh, how I miss The Shield.  I’ve always loved that Vic Mackey (Michael Chiklis) was originally The Commish.   The Commish was one of my guilty pleasures when it was on.  Who else watched it?  Michael shaved his head and the legend known as Detective Vic Mackey was born. There was a bit more to it than that but no one can resist a nice looking shaved head.  Fingers crossed that Michael will find his way into Charming at some point, even if it is only for a short getaway.  Speaking of former The Shield and Sons of Anarchy cast members, how awesome would it be to see Kenny Johnson on Justified?  I think Kozik/Lem owes Boyd/Shane (Walton Goggins) some lunch.  It’s unfortunate that the only way we would be able to see Kozik again on Sons of Anarchy is if it was uncovered that the field he died on was on the American Horror Story’s “murder house” lot.  Of course, the way he passed would pose challenging, even for that house, but perhaps the good doctor could lend a hand.  I just really miss Kozik and please don’t get me started on Piney (William Lucking).  We lost so many fantastic characters this season.

It was beautiful to finally see Tara (Maggie Siff) really claim her man last week and Gemma’s (Katey Sagal) face was priceless.  You knew it was only a matter of time before that transpired.  Tara finally decided that enough was enough and it was time to mark her territory.  Maggie did a beautiful job last week and did anyone happen to see the Victoria’s Secret commercial that aired after the episode with the request to, “Tell me you love me.”  Are Kurt Sutter and Victoria’s Secret working together or was that just a hilarious coincidence?

In typical fashion, “trust me” is being thrown around again but by someone new this time but of course it also slips out of the mouth of a frequent offender, too but “trust me” it is a good one.  Well done is all I am going to say about a nice little dance move that is thrown in, in the beginning of the episode.

Chibs (Tommy Flanagan) gives Jax (Charlie Hunnam) some advice about dealing with “stubborn bastards.”  Tommy is fantastic in this series and he isn’t in this episode enough but when he does show up, it is worth it.

Eli Roosevelt (Rockmond Dunbar) and Lincoln Potter (Ray McKinnon) get together and Roosevelt says what we have been thinking all season.  In terms of Potter, this is my favorite episode that really showcases his character.  He finally shows a bit of himself and no tables were harmed in the making of this episode.  Potter also demonstrates his love for one of my favorite cancelled FOX shows.

I’ve enjoyed the addition of Romeo (Danny Trejo) and Luis (Benito Martinez) this season because as much as we hate to admit it, the cartel has really made this season spectacular.   I guess we should also thank Clay (Ron Perlman) for being such an ass.  His pompous ass has given us so much over the years and as we point our fingers of hate towards him, never forget what a glorious actor Mr. Perlman is.

Jax always seems to find himself at the crossroads and this season is no different.  He has always been a tormented soul and finding out the truth about his father is certainly a double-edged sword.

Jax and Opie (Ryan Hurst) have an interesting conversation.  Have you ever wanted to recommend music to certain characters?  Well, Opie could benefit from listening to David Bowie, circa 1983.  What a great year for Bowie.  Oh, speaking of dream guest cast members, David Bowie but his character doesn’t believe in jeans and will only wear his pants from Labyrinth.  Do you think he would be too freaky for Tig (Kim Coates)?

Tig’s stunt last week was not a smart one. What is his deal with women and rabbits?  At least the rabbit made it out alive, minus a few coco puffs, but Tig is irrational and acts out before he thinks.  That is what makes Tig, Tig but also a major liability.

This season has been brilliant and I know that you will not be let down tonight.  What a superb way to wrap up the best season of the best show on television. One thing I love about Sons of Anarchy is the creativity and the care given to each scene and no matter who directs or writes the episode, the photographic integrity and main vision is never compromised.  Whether you love or hate the show, you have to give it props for never having a slapdash episode.  Everything about the show is meticulously thought out and you have to respect that.

Now, the hard part is almost upon us, waiting until September for a new season.  I’m sure someone will start a support group to get us through our difficult times.  What a cast and series.  Shows like Sons of Anarchy and Boardwalk Empire (one of my other favorite shows) are responsible for changing the landscape of television and that is a beautiful thing.

Don’t miss the season finale of Sons of Anarchy tonight on FX.

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