8. The Grimm Bastards — If there’s one development that really ticked me off last night it was SAMCRO vs. the Grimm Bastards. It kind of came out of nowhere that Jax suddenly decides he wants to kill the people who were paid to kill Opie, like Jax suddenly remembered, “OH YEAH, MY BEST FRIEND WAS KILLED. I need to go out and get some more justice!” Then, despite his agreement with the Grimm Bastards to spare Fat Albert’s life, Jax has Chibbs shoot in the head, fracturing the alliance with the Bastards and pissing off Bobby in the process.
Also, must Kurt Sutter play rap music every time SAMCRO chases after a black guy? Does anyone else find this problematic? I won’t even get into how poorly the action sequences are filmed in this show, except to say that — when your characters are played by overweight dudes — the long-shot is not your friend.
9. Don’t Get Chibbs Involved, Damnit — I was just thinking, at the opening of the episode, how refreshing it is that Chibbs doesn’t really have hard alliances with any one member of SAMCRO. He’s a club first kind of guy who hasn’t really waded into the politics. However, Jax forced his hand last night, all but suggesting that Chibbs may get elevated above Bobby in the hierarchy because Bobby is weak, i.e., sensible. Chibbs essentially expressed his loyalty to Jax, dirtying an otherwise apolitical character.
10. Damon Pope Sighting — I know a lot of our readers are claiming that Jax is a step ahead of Damon Pope and playing the long game to ultimately take him down, but I don’t buy it. Besides the ridiculous need to provide files of evidence to indict Clay, it’s the one logical pitfall of the season that’s driving me insane. Jax seems legitimately interested in a partnership with Pope, following his lead into clean businesses, which is where Jax wants to take the club. Suddenly, Jax and Pope are all buddy/buddy and big smiles while Pope is providing Jax with details on the whereabouts of the people directly responsible for Opie’s death. The fact that POPE PUT THE HIT OUT ON OPIE IN THE FIRST PLACE no longer seems to be a factor.
On the one hand, I get it: Jax understands that Opie’s death was revenge for the death of Pope’s daughter, and maybe Jax is ultimately holding Tig accountable for Opie’s death (notwithstanding the fact that Pope settled the score by brutally murdering Tig’s daughter). But if that’s the case, why is Jax so goddamn interested in killing the people who were paid to take out Opie, but not the guy who paid them? Kill the hired hands, but respect the boss? It boggles my goddamn mind. And if there is a long game in mind, it must be really long because Jax is going to the trouble of making Pope an investor in Charming Heights so that SAMCRO can get the maintenance contracts.
Jax is clearly and inexplicably sweeping Pope’s involvement with Opie’s death under the rug. However, whether Jax will turn Tig over to Pope does remain an interesting question. How will Sutter weasel out of that, UNLESS it’s Tig who saves Jax from the psycho Nero that I’ve envisioned in the above scenario.
POSTSCRIPT: Having spent a lot of time last summer trying to get inside of Vince Gilligan’s head and figure out where Breaking Bad is going, and now doing the same with Kurt Sutter, it’s fun and challenging for different reasons. It’s next to impossible to predict where Gilligan is going because he’s too smart, while it’s almost as difficult to figure out where Sutter is going because it’s hard to predict what kind of logical shortcuts he will take. He makes up sh*t as he goes along, and then retroactively attempts to fit it in. It does, however, make for compelling television. As frustrating as Sons of Anarchy can get, and as much as Sutter has destroyed his characters, every episode is entertaining.
One final note: Jax is become an evil, cold-hearted asshole, and I’m beginning to love hating him.