“This life ain’t romantic or free. There’s no path to anything that makes sense. It’s just dirty and sad. And we both know it’s only gonna get worse.”
Preach on Chief Unser. Preach.
Much of “Aon Rud Persanta” (Gallic for “nothing personal essentially) first act is filled with characters staring at their bloody opaque present and leaving the word “tomorrow” unsaid. Just the silence hanging there were a little bit of optimism normally went. Hoping for a better tomorrow is a foolish endeavour for everyone involved. Even as Jax moves the final pieces of this season’s master plan in place, reassuring Nero that what goes down today is the final steps to fulfill the promise of a guns free SAMCO, it doesn’t seem real. Even as everything falls into its bloody place it does not seem real. Whatever bloody calm killing Galen and playing Connor into the top spot has brought the Sons it can’t last, there’s still one more season left.
The death of Clay, to my mind, should have happened two seasons earlier. So once it finally did happen, I was too numb to any sort of intended catharsis this devils death was meant to bring. Ron Perlman manages to make the ever living Clay a bit interesting with his introspection as he was slowly marginalized more and more from the main narrative. In Hamlet the Prince of Denmark was never certain if he should or should not kill his Uncle, here there was no doubt.
Clay’s ignominious demise was not quick, freeing, or peaceful. It was slow, painful, and bloody. Shot through the neck, bleeding out fatally but not quickly. Clay tries to go out with the most dignity possible, picking a respectable spot amongst the trio of dead Irish. In death, becoming the final center piece of Jax’s necessary truth to the Irish. A good spot still makes it hard to die well when you can’t catch your breath, convulsing on the ground. Jax delivers the coup de grace in the form of four bullets to the chest. So ends Clay Morrow.
The direction of that scene was fantastic and evocative, even if wasn’t totally working for me. Those couple of held point of view shots cutting between Clay and Gemma, were just killer. Reaffirming the link these two characters have for all the badness they’ve done. Seeing it start on the outside and cutting into the office made the whole sequence even more gruesome. Gemma is a terrible person, second only to Clay. Still, it’s hard not to empathies a little bit with her reaction to seeing her son murder her estranged husband. Katey Segal can get into a rut of being forced to act “bitchy” but every now and then (like this show) she manages to get something real out of it. Nero had it right, “good or bad” Clay was a huge part of her life so the parodoxal reaction is right. She can put that paradox next to Nero’s Godfather paradox.
The surprise in all this, that there was a second vote and deeper plan then the audience was privy to was a nice change. Sutter has fetishized the brotherhood found in these outlaws and their strict adherence to their own Robert's Rules of Order, bringing the viewer up to speed with everything in the process. For once we weren’t in the loop and left gob smacked as Galen and two assistance get sudden bullets to the head. It was a nice jolt of adrenaline right after a consistent flow of it.
The Shakespeare itch has returned, leading me to seek out more knowledge about The Bard’s plays. The Hamlet episode ofShakespeare Uncovered(streaming on Netflix) – presented by David Tennant – really crystallized why I’ve never really liked Hamlet that much. Throughout the play Hamlet is unsure if he even wants to be a vengeful hero, despite finding himself in that plot, constantly philosophizing on death and life. Only achieving vengeance not by his own design but through dramatic irony, all the poisoned goblets and swords get mixed up, he didn’t plan any of this. Jax Teller is not like the Prince of Denmark in this way. For the past three seasons he has pulled of Machiavellian scheme after scheme to rid himself of his enemies and those who would do the club harm. He kills Clay in cold blood with zero doubt if he wants to pull the trigger. All this allows Charlie Hunnam to play it all with a steely resolve, which he is best at.
I wonder when “Aon Rud Persanta” went into production. How much had Rockstar revealed about GTA V and its heist missions? Seeing Connor’s planning board instantly transported me to GTA V territory. Busting Clay out went off like it was something out of a videogame, except for the part where Bobby was shot. The jail heist was smooth and precise in a way most SOA set pieces aren’t due to fast editing and camera placement. There was no pulp aesthetic to this, just Heat. It might be the best set piece this show has done.
On Tara: Man, I really hope she takes the Sons down. When she so bluntly catches Nero up on the past two months of Club history (aka 2 seasons), ya know the whole Cartel deal, Clay killing Piney, Clay putting a Cartel hit on Tara, ruining her career, all of that. You are almost waiting for Nero to jump out of the car and or kick Gemma to the curb. All of this added to the fact she’s on “house arrest” of sorts with Jax having a tail on her 24/7, she needs to take them down. Jax should feel bad that associating with him brought her to this place. The all knowing Unser is right, her heart was in the right place with her fake pregnancy plan. DA Patterson’s heart is also in the right place (though it is filled with a bit of political movering). For once she seems to be a law figure that isn’t in some way worse than the Sons. Perhaps two women with their heart in the right place can finally take the Sons of Anarchy down.
The Bits At The End
- Nero thinks not marrying her will keep him safe from the widows bite. Nope he's goin to find himself baby spider show sooner than later.
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