If you read the Sons of Anarchy Facebook page, you’ll have read a lot of questions and quotes pertaining to Tara. Will she be caught? What will happen to her that Jax knows the truth? Questions that all frame her as the villain of the piece. It doesn't help most of the comments on said Facebook page are Skyler White--esque when it comes to how guilty and wrong Tara is. With the majority of people chiding her for turning her back on Jax (a yes our nobel indecisive hero) and the club.
Out of the context of the show, Tara is the worst villain. She has betrayed Jax with all her scheming and manipulating. In the show however Tara is still treated as a villainess but one who was pushed over that edge by the world.And in the world of Sons they play awfully loose with the idea that the ends don’t justify the means, except when it means killing your gangster enemies. If it involves getting out of the purgatory that is Charming with your family than nope clearly bad. “Look what you did to me!” a distraught, yet now sane (maybe ok not likely) Tara yells at Jax after catching him with Collette. It’s a moment of real acting and reaction from Jax, one I hope that is paid off down the road. In his mind, Tara was supposed to save him from Charming and the Club just as much as he saved her from that creepy Fed in season 1 (whom they later did it next to as he lay dead in the corner). Now here he is, hastily dressed suddenly realized he may have created Frankenstein’s Monster. For Tara it pulls her out of the destructive tailspin Gemma wants her to be in. She doesn't have to do things the Gemma way, she is/was an upstanding citizen who has no problem using them to get what she wants, the right way. Sending her to DA Paterson’s office after the requisite terrible musical montage. All types of depressed Tara is rejected by Paterson, she’s got other offers too way. Sending Tara on her depressed way. She seems to be in full Ophelia mode. If she makes it past these next couple of episodes I wonder how she’ll react if Jax’ deal goes through.
Maggie Siff was terrific last night. In her two big scenes (one described above). The other another bout of verbal sparring between Tara and Gemma. The Queen Old Lady laying it all out for her would be student, “Mommy moved away… or Mommy passed away. Your call.”. Katey Sagal hasn’t been my favorite for a long while and the idea of Gemma talking about betrayal (though hers are all unknown) is laughable. Her half of the scene really worked surprisingly. It’s that kind of menace that has kept Gemma around for so long. Siff for her part just stands her grounds and takes it. Attempting to look large in the moment but once that moment ends shrinks by a fifth.
Beyond the emotional beats of Dr. Tara Knowles, it’s your typical Sons of Anarchy..which is pretty dumb. Galen kills one of the Lin families men in a show of force and way to win over the business of the Italians. The Sons are all shocked at this but really can you be shocked that the guy who BLEW UP THE CLUB HOUSE wouldn’t randomly do something violent. Especially after he strong armed them into springing Clay? It is an act that is just past stupid in terms of contrived plotting for the required chase sequence (that didn’t feature any music) and push the Lin family into Irish conflict. If DA Patterson is able to make it out (which I doubt) she might walk away with a pair of gun running organized crime collars.
In all that stupidity we still got two things I want more of.
1.There needs to be a web series of what Happy did as he “chill with old Wang Chung.”. His handcuffed moment in the montage was not enough. Especially if it means more fake TV being shown.
2. More Unser and Nero driving around saving people and stuff. That’s a pairing that one would not expect but works beautifully. Every webisode could end with them at Gemma’s house Unser smoking some weed. Nero with his tea.
The Bits At The End
Clay talking like he is going to die is odd. There is no way the show kills him this way. Unless it’s him with a vest blowing up the Irish Kings. Maybe it was all code since this wasn’t a conjugal visit.
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