Binge Watch—Sons of Anarchy
If you’re looking for a series with a unique storyline, that stands out from the usual crop of crime-fighter-sci-fi shows, then you should definitely check out Sons of Anarchy. Although it hasn’t gathered quite as much notoriety as shows like Breaking Bad, or even Showtime’s Dexter, It’s been noticed by critics and fans of great TV, and of course, we’ve noticed. SOA is superbly written, with great acting and directing that keeps fans glued to the screen.
This television show revolves around a Northern California motorcycle gang called SAMCRO (Sons of Anarchy Motorcycle Club, Redwood Original) and the personal life of Jackson “Jax” Teller. The gang patrols and protects the town of Charming, California, while at the same time, funding it’s chapter through illegal activities like arms dealing and drug dealing, among other illicit activities. The motorcycle gang was said to be modeled after the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club, and the show even featuring some real Hells Angels members in the show.
Jax, the main character, begins to have doubts after his new son is born. He finds a letter from his father, who was one of the founders of the club. His father wanted to steer the group away from its illegal activities, however, he died before he could make his plan work.
As Vice President and later President of SAMCRO, he starts to struggle between wanting to uphold his father’s legacy and his responsibilities to the group. At the same time, he has to deal with rival gangs, the authorities, and politicians.
Beyond its action and violence, it has an underlying Hamlet-like drama of a son being haunted by his father’s ghost and legacy. He has to fight against his own loved ones as well, namely his mother and stepfather, who are also key members of the club. As Jax, in turn, struggles to protect his own children, the show deals with the underlying theme of family and the twisted relationships that sometimes exist in dysfunctional ones.
The television show has also been described as Shakespeare on Harleys. This can be seen as well through the mother and son struggle, and the tragic hero everyone knows will meet his untimely end eventually. It was also a great look into the mind of criminal masterminds who plot, manipulate and scheme in order to survive and win. In all, it is a crime show from the inside perspective of the motorcycle gang and its ever-shifting loyalties and fight for power.
In short, it may not be for the weak-hearted, but it brings viewers much more than just violence. Who knew so much drama could exist in a biker gang? Sons of Anarchy Ran for 7 seasons on FX.