Even when Sons of Anarchy pulls off a legitimately well executed and shocking(in the good way) moment, I’m still so utterly numbed by all the other poorly executed moments. Leaving me a bit nonplussed at everything I just witnessed. It also doesn't help that my reaction after the initial reaction is that it ultimately doesn't really change that much.
Lee Toric was positioned as the seasonal big bad. So killing him off in episode 4 is a shocking move. Keeping in Sons tradition, Toric’s throat is slit when he least expects it. By a goe he thought was defeated and subjugated. “Well didn’t see this coming” was one of his final words before Otta slit him open. Having Otto gain some manner of vengeance upon his antagonizer felt good and just. The man was turned into a literal meatbag at this point. More importantly Otto’s vengeance was his first(and last) as an independent person, not just a tool of destruction for the club. There was no more club at that point, as Lee pointed out, Clay was no longer a member when he slipped him the shiv. Leaving Otto with no more orders to follow just the will to act on his own emotions.
Lee Toric was not the true big bad for season 6. He was the Silver Surfer to the DA women’s Galactus. With Toric dead she will most definitely be in consumption mode. As crooked and crazy banana pants as Lee Toric was, he was still a lawman(with nice statistics too, even if they didn’t give the true character of the man). Law people don’t like it when one of their own are murdered by street thugs. So that DA will be on the warpath. Keeping with Sons tradition, she will likely read the crime scene in a way that best suits her own agenda and ultimately retaliate with the wrong information or perspective. Lee Toric was not a good man and deserved to die.
Not having expectations met is a nice thing sometimes. Seeing the show reinforce Roosevelt as perhaps the one good cop in this show; by having him see through Torics efforts to frame Nero was nice and gratifying. Short lived as i may be, the DNA will come back eventually matching that dead hooker and that DA will want some answers and a head. Less unexpected but equally intriguing is seeing Tara and Wendy team up n Tara’s efforts to legally remove herself and the boys from Charming. It feels like Tara is finally taking all of those things Gemma taught her and putting them to use for good and not evil. Also just nice to see Wendy still on the straight and narrow.
Seeing a show, I often charge with being formulaic and hollow, show some self awareness is appreciated. “This is going to go bad” Darby warns Jax and the crew who have rolled up on his small time carpentry shop looking for information on the new gang of Neo Nazis in town.Jax wishes to retaliate on the new gang in typical Sons fashion: try and send some guys in for recong (Tig and Rat as Father and Son), if that don’t work, just have everyone roll up and shoot em all dead. Darby was right. It went bad, like it always does. At least Darby, now on the outside looking in, has the foresight to see the stupidity of these plans. That’s what Jax needs, an ex-Son to show him his failings as a leader and once again give him a father figure to cling to. Haven't had one of those in a while.
Continuing down the road of things “Wolfsangel” did right, the casting of Robert Patrick as the head of San Bernardino(or Sam Dino) charter. Patrick is the right kind of actor that just naturally fits with this shows band of miscreants. With his easy going sarcastic demeanor it makes you wonder why he wasn’t around all the time. When Patrick first appeared on screen, I expected it to be a one and done due to the marketing material showing the Sons burning 3 caskets with cuts on them. Nope, Robert Patrick can ride in and shoot guns another day.
His presence is what causes “Wolfsangel” to be marred in the now typical hollowness of this show. The former prospect called Shreck and another named V-Lin meet sudden and gory ends. Galen, none to pleased with Jax “ripping off a very old scab” according to Chibs, uses their corpses as bloody reminders that he has some control over SAMCROW to the young King. My mom, who is prone to such melodramatic outbursts, reacted in shock and disarray at two people being killed off so nonchalantly. I did not have such a reaction. Those two were more meatbag than characters, one of whom barely spoke a word the other didn’t say any. Sutter and his crew have made it very clear that everyone who isn’t part of the main cast is a redshirt at this point. Only there was a time I cared a little about those red shirts.
At least how Jax used the clubs new found need to wreck shit was put to good use. Killing a bunch of neo nazis and making it look like they had the KG-9s seems like a good days work. It’s a typical days work.
“Wolfsangel” was like a freshly mixed vinaigrette. The two halves of the show, what I liked about it( playful and smart plotting with a hint of stunt casting) and what I loath about this show(hollow gruesome violence that isn’t all that gruesome now) came together to make an excellent episode of Sons of Anarchy. Now the two halves have separated again and it’s a bit hard to be as appreciative.