Sons of Anarchy,
This review is from: Sons of Anarchy - Season 1-2 [DVD] (DVD)The small Californian town of Charming is home to SAMCRO (Sons of Anarchy Motorcycle Club Redwood Original), a group of 'Harley Davidson enthusiasts' with a sideline in arms dealing. Leading the outlaws is club president Clay Morrow (Perlman) and his Vice President Jackson 'Jax' Teller (Charlie Hunnam). Clay is married to Jax's mother Gemma (Katey Sagal) who is more than complicit with the clubs activities. The Sons see it as their duty to protect Charming from drug dealers, Mexican gangsters and White Supremacists even if it means sending out a violent message every once in a while.
Sons of Anarchy is written by Kurt Sutter who also wrote 'The Shield'. The Shield was a brilliant show, and although Sons is yet to match it, there is certainly promise in the first two seasons. Sutter's writing in 'The Shield' was masterful, with long running themes of loyalty and redemption always threatening to bubble over into chaos at any moment. Some storylines ran from the pilot episode to the end of season 7 and never once became tiresome. In Sons of Anarchy, similar themes develop, mainly the increasingly strained relationship between Clay and Jax after Clay makes a devastating mistake behind the club's back.
The main characters are well developed and much is seen of their family lives outside of the club as well as inside. Much of the writing is good although some moments are laughably macho. A biker pal told me that real outlaws refer to the show as 'Sons of Dynasty' due to the soapish style but I think the balance between family and the sometimes shocking actions of the outlaws is spot on for the audience. Although it took me a few episodes to connect with it, I would advise to stick with it because season 2 is a belter and I have very high hopes for the upcoming season 3.