Sons of Anarchy, aka SAMCRO, is a motorcycle club that operates both illegal and legal businesses in the small town of Charming. They combine gun-running and a garage, plus involvement in porn film. Clay, the president, likes it old school and violent; wh
There were times early in the first season of Sons of Anarchy where I had to ask myself, "Where's this all going? Was there something underlying these smaller plots that would later be used in a greater sense?" Sometimes I didn't get an answer. Most of the storylines in the first ten episodes were giving greater insight into the how and why of the biker gang SAMCRO, something I can respect, but the stories available seemed to wrap up rather quickly and dangle every now and again when a character brought it up. It wasn't until the 10th episode, "Capybara," that there was a storyline in the season that put something greater than the relationship of two people at stake.
But what we lost in storyline and sometimes lost in subtlety, we gained in great characters and a show that understands its subjects.
The hierarchy is perfect. Clay (Ron Perlman) and Gemma (Katey Sagal) see the most benefits of leading the gang, they have a lavish home, dress very well, and refurbished Jax's home for his baby, etc. They live like a king and queen. Jax (Charlie Hunnam), Sons' main character, is a touch princely: all things bounce his way; he only has one love and won't settle for anyone less, but he still leads beautiful women around like the Pied Piper of Sexy.
In stark contrast is Piney (William Lucking) and Opie's family, who are lower on the SAMCRO totem pole. Piney has health problems and makes end's meet. Opie (whom actor Ryan Hurst has nailed from the start) just got out after a five-year sentence in prison and his family wallows in debt. They have no money and two kids and had to resort to asking the club for money. Between those two families is the rest of the gang, mostly single men, some smarter than others, some cruder, but all of whom share one thing: a dedication to the gang.