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on 29 January 2015
It's a soap opera for wannabe-angels.
Badly written predictable progress through all sorts of cheesy mayhem of the sort that would have any genuine bike gang in the clink in no time at all - for very long sentences.
I'm an ex-biker in his sixties so I'm not entirely without experience in related matters. These days most guys riding Harleys are accountants and other high earning suits whose bikes are just another fashion accessory to be seen riding past on - on weekends. The portrayal of the SoA is just laughable, it's so totally skewed.
In truth, any programme showing real bikers and bike clubs would send everybody to sleep in no time flat - it's just not that interesting to anybody not immersed in motorcycles.
Something that I'm curious about in the general run of the plots is - what keeps happening to the guns these idiots sell - to other idiots? Do they use them once and toss them away? If not, how come they have to keep on supplying large quantities of weapons to the same customers month after month after... month??
As for all the "I Luv you brother" tripe, this I've never seen. Every episode is packed out with solid minutes of accumulated huggy-luvviness that just doesn't happen, trust me. Bikers aren't that affectionate to each other.
If they lent the show a little imagination rather than constantly recycling the same or similar story lines - nearly all of which depend heavily on some moron not-telling some vital piece of information that any six year old would be shrieking out Tell Them For God's Sake.
But nobody ever learns - anything. Especially the writers. Maybe they reckon their fave-audience has double figure IQs and so don't need to try any harder?
And that Irish Episode that dragged on - and on and ..... on some more. Lots of padding non-scenes in that interlude. It was massively evident that the plot and attendant script was written - on the back of a cigarette packet?? - like minutes before the cameras rolled - the lack of story structure wouldn't have deceived a cabbage.
The only thing you can depend on is that EVERYBODY will at some point behave like a complete Erk. And will learn zero from the experience - and will, naturally, do something equally idiotic within an episode or two.
Who dreamed up the idea of making Tara's boss an ex - "ole lady"? Another cigarette-packet last minute bit of idiocy dreamed up during a short break in filming.
But - it does show bikes. Amazingly carbon-copied hogs, with little difference between them. That's just stupid. Bikers' bikes are as individual as the bikers. And street-bikes get precious little coverage on TV shows, so a certain hunger for the Old Times sometimes gets me to watch another show in this series.
I just wish they'd engaged some real scriptwriters - and directors that pushed the cast to act a little less woodenly.
As for Jax's one-trick delivery of (frowns, shakes head - continues) - speech still shaking head - thankfully shaking usually ends with his supposedly-deep delivery. If he went to drama class I think he definitely passed the head-shaking examination and was so pleased with the result he decided to use this delivery - lots. Watch out for this, he seldom lets a chance go past without several good shake-heads.
If you like motorcycles - especially the inevitable HD hog-style machines - you'll get some kicks out of seeing them in several (usually short) scenes in most episodes.
Most of the five-star reviews for this low grade show are from one-line specialists apparently not able to rise far above the two-word-to-two-sentence-tops level.
Which is about right, really. It's a two-word-to-two-sentence show - so if you have a two-word-to-two-line brain you'll probably rave about it - and hate this review lots.
It just could have been SO much better. They could have shown bikers racing, bikers on a run, bike stunts, bikes doing on the spot drag-sprints. And inbuilt the story lines with associated plots. With a little bit of imagination used for non-standard camera angles and POV shots etc, would have added interest.
As it is, it can be summarised as - show some bikes, do something dumb, keep several crazy secrets, more dumb stuff, throw in some violence, show some bent cops, expose one of the crazy secrets, rinse & repeat - same old squared.