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Violence and total chaos,
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This review is from: Sons of Anarchy - Season 5 [DVD] (DVD)
I don't really know what to make of this series. The Sons exist in a world characterized by a fatuous sense of juvenile mateship and 'loyalty' and conducted in an environment of utterly senseless violence and feuding. They're like scorpions in a barrel where an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth take on epic proportions and make the Old Testament read like a nursery rhyme. They have absurd pretensions to honour and family sensibilities, commodities which they overturn without a thought, yet treat everyone else as completely disposable extras. Oddly they seem to live in their own exclusive world where they can meet with their hoodlum contacts openly in railroad yards and have shootouts in the street (or anywhere else) that appear to go wholly unnoticed by the police or anyone else. Members of the public are all but non-existent, even in the background. The Sons act largely with apparent impunity - even jail terms are little more than transient inconveniences before they're back on the streets free to kill and rarely inconvenienced by any semblance of officialdom. More oddly, their enemies are generally stupid enough to load their guns with blanks before firing at the Sons. This would explain the remarkable survival levels exhibited by the Sons, something normally only enjoyed by James Bond. This series takes violence and a macabre fascination with their murderous lives to new depths. Jax receives a freezer box with a severed thumb and breast to appease some of the thugs he has dealings with in a pretence of having killed a young woman he has promised to. Naturally, we get a look at those. He hasn't killed her, of course - he's far too much of a gentleman for that, but whose breast and thumb they are remain a mystery. Of course, being a Son he obviously had a contact for when he needed these things. We're also treated to Jax hacking up some of his victims with an axe. The remarkable thing about Sons is that every single character (apart from Lyla Winston) is a completely revolting, psychotic, homicidal lunatic which at least helps my feel my own life isn't too bad. It's fairly watchable but I can say I haven't got the faintest idea of what is going on. I can just live in hope that they all get blasted away one day and buried in one of their own mass graves which is where they belong.