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Wow. Sons of Anarchy. A little late coming to this party, but, better late than never. Wondering what all the fuss has been about for seven seasons, curiosity won, and after taking a peek, it is clearly understood that this is a great show. Leaving you wanting more. A sequel, a prequel, anything , just more … forever.
All seven seasons of this show are the equivalent of like a good book that you just cannot put down. Most people have many preconceived notions about bikers and biker clubs. Be prepared to have those notions put to rest. This show allows a person to actually get inside the intricate details and inner workings of a biker club, rose-colored glasses not provided. It is all there. The good, the bad, and also, the very ugly. Kurt Sutter, the shows creator, writer, and producer, who took the time to research the material via spending time with a real biker club in Northern California presents a compelling tale of love, betrayal, revenge, and the reality of the life of ‘outlaws’. Something most people will never see.
The beginning of the series, is like first dates, getting to know the characters, being introduced to their world, and so on. And then, the wild ride begins. As the story unfolds, the main character, young Jax, played by Charlie Hunnam, (son of one of the original founders of the club),has taken his seat at the table as vice-president. His mother, Gemma, played by Katy Sagal, and his step-father, Klay, (Ron Pearlman), are at the center of the drama. Yet, as the story unfolds, you get to know all of the characters, and it transforms into a brilliant and superb ensemble, with each character fleshed out to the point that each has a story, and you, are privy to those stories and finding yourself following all of them.
Yes, there is violence, but, it is not gratuitous, but rather within the context of the storyline. You will find yourself rooting for characters, and being very angry with others. You will begin to live with them, cry with them, laugh with them, and wish the best for them. It is indeed a wild ride, and an enthralling show with excellent performances by all of the cast. The writing is superb. And you suddenly might have an overwhelming desire to ride a motorcycle … just once.
It is currently streaming on Netflix which will afford you the luxury of not having to wait until next season when those cliffhangers end each season. A wonderful binge-worthy drama that is exciting and informative. You will never look at a biker or a biker club the same way again, because you will know something more about them, and it ain’t all bad. Enjoy the ride!