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SONS OF ANARCHY Episode Review “To Be, Act 1”

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As I’m watching the finale episodes of the season, I can’t help but feel sorry for the people that have not invited Sons of Anarchy into their lives.   Oh, how they are missing out on such monumental portrayals of love, leadership, loss, betrayal and male nudity. Please keep in mind that I am only talking about what occurs in the first act.  They really need to invent a new word just to describe this show.  How many times can I use brilliant?  “To Be, Act 1” – Jax is confronted with a new challenge that threatens his family and his club.  Written by Kurt Sutter and Chris Collins; directed by Kurt Sutter.

“To Be, Act 1” Sons of Anarchy Season 4 Episode 13 Advance Review, Airing 11/29/2011

Last week the inevitable happened and I know most of you were screaming, “It’s about (insert your expletive of choice here) time!” at your television set and I was certainly with you.  Clarence “Clay” Morrow (Ron Perlman) certainly had it coming and Opie (Ryan Hurst) was the perfect man to dispense some well deserved justice.

The air in Charming feels different this week.  It is thicker and far more polluted than you could have ever imagined and that is exactly why we are all drawn to this magnificent series.

I certainly hope that the club doesn’t forget Wayne Unser (Dayton Callie) this holiday season because seriously, that man gives so much and gets so little in return.  He is the official when bad shit goes down event cleaner-upper.  Someone needs to at least give Wayne a holiday hug.

Poor Jax (Charlie Hunnam), his “promises” are getting shot down left and right this season and his declarations of “trust me, babe” are beginning to lose a little steam or perhaps they work better in different stages of undress.  Kurt has decided that it was worth spending a little extra money to show Jax’s entire back tattoo this week.  He really went the extra mile to demonstrate to us that the ink is incredibly water-resistant and you will thank him profusely for it.

Tara (Maggie Siff) spends half of the episode awkwardly collecting endearments and it’s interesting, oddly specific and also proves that she’s not afraid of painkillers.  Ah painkillers, they bring out the best in all of us.  Tara reminds me a little bit of Wednesday Addams in this episode and that is a really good thing.  Go Tara!

Filthy Phil (Christopher Reed) has a sweet moment with Jax that provides us with a glimpse into what motivates him in the morning.   Phil is really growing on me and I hope we get to see more of him in the future.

Oh Tiggy, Tiggy, Tiggy is all I have to say about Tig (Kim Coates) in this episode.  Oh wait, some cool music accompanies the Tig Diaries.  They could really have an entire season that just focuses on the life and adventures of Tig.

Gemma (Katey Sagal) gets to experience a new sensation, one that she hasn’t felt in a long time, as she relives the past.  It is a beautiful sequence of events.

I’m not going to say too much about this episode because it is something that you have to see to believe.  I will leave you with this…things happen and you will swear until next week and next week will come, slowly, but it will come and then your jaw will be in an open position until next September because Kurt only believes in tough love.

Don’t miss part one of the season four finale of Sons of Anarchy, Tuesday night on FX.

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