‘Sons of Anarchy’ Season 5, Episode 10 Review – Between A Rock & A Hard Place

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Charlie Hunnam and Mark Boone Junior in Sons of Anarchy Crucifixed Sons of Anarchy Season 5, Episode 10 Review – Between A Rock & A Hard Place

For a guy who started off as a Fox Force Five-like one-note character (he’s the tech expert with lightning bolts on his head!), Juice (Theo Rossi) has somehow become the unwitting cog in several different wheels. Sons of Anarchy season 4 saw Juice at the mercy of Eli Roosevelt (Rockmond Dunbar), and, to a greater extent, Lincoln Potter (Ray McKinnon), but all of that was quietly swept under the rug until Roosevelt decided Juice could be leverage in exchange for Frankie Diamonds (Chuck Zito). Of course, that didn’t work out, but it did manage to put poor old Juice back in play – at the exact moment Jax (Charlie Hunnam) and Clay (Ron Perlman) have begun to seriously start moving pieces around the board.

‘Crucifixed’ is, like last week’s ‘Andare Pescare,’ mostly concerned with the set-up for this season’s climax, and since there are so many facets to the story, other than Jax and Clay, FX has granted Kurt Sutter 90 minutes with which to work. Juice’s life is once more on the line; Tara (Maggie Siff) becomes an accessory to murder; and Unser (Dayton Callie) is yet again casually making a good case for an Unser and Roosevelt spin-off show. In the end though, it’s looking very messy for SAMCRO; everyone is seemingly out to hurt everyone else, while at the same time ensuring safety (or in the case of Otto (Kurt Sutter), further damnation) for his or her own sake.

What’s surprising is, with just three episodes left, there hasn’t really emerged a sense that the season is headed in one definitive direction. And that’s a good thing. Yes, the arms race that is the Jax and Clay conflict has continued to heat up, with each of them maneuvering and scheming as quickly as they can, considering the amount of lies and information each is required to keep straight. But there’re too many variables still at play. The writers have wisely chosen not to define the endgame to the degree they have in the past, and that seems to be working to the show’s benefit. It’s all propelling itself toward a more uncertain and (hopefully) exciting climax.

But what’s most interesting this episode (and all season, really) is the change in Jax Teller, and how it has begun to affect his standing with some in the club and the club’s standing in the criminal community at large. Bobby (Mark Boone Junior) expresses his concerns over the 20-year relationship with the Grim Bastards that Jax flushed to seek revenge on the man-mountain that clubbed Opie to death. That’s in addition to his schemes involving Gemma (Katey Sagal), Juice, and, of course, Pope (Harold Perrineau), Galindo and Galen. If Jax is as contemplative as he seems, then the question of “Who are you?” is one he’s likely been asking himself a lot lately. Then again, given his recent actions, the answer may not be what anyone wants to hear.

Tommy Flanagan in Sons of Anarchy Crucifixed Sons of Anarchy Season 5, Episode 10 Review – Between A Rock & A Hard Place

Highlights from the episode:

  • SAMCRO is not above getting a good deal on food and various other miscellaneous items the club may need. They shop at Costco.
  • Romeo Prada (Danny Trejo) is a terrible liar – how’d he become a CIA asset? At any rate, Galindo’s indifference toward working with either Jax or Clay is great. If Filthy Phil were Galen’s new favorite, they’d just as happily work with him.
  • Is Jax really going to give up Tig (Kim Coates)? At first it seemed an easy ploy to draw Pope in closer, but I’m no longer so sure. Jax is clearly running a scheme, but to what end?
  • I bet that job offer in Oregon is looking pretty good to Tara right now.


Sons of Anarchy continues next Tuesday with ‘To Thine Own Self’ @10pm on FX. Check out a preview of the episode below:

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  1. Of course, that didn’t work out, but it did manage to put poor old Juice back in play – at the exact moment Jax (Charlie Hunnam) and Clay (Ron Perlman) have begun to seriously start moving pieces around the board.

  2. Poor Tara and poor Juice…
    Maybe they can run off together and be freed from all the drama and heartache that comes with being a part of SAMCRO…
    I’ve ranted plenty here about my problems with SoA since last seasons finale but the last 2 episodes have been pretty solid. If I had to guess on any one thing that may happen it’s that I think this seasons finale will end with Tara heading off to prison. How sad would that be? IMO that would be the most heartbreaking and gut wrenching thing that could happen…

  3. Tara’s life as a doctor is over… no running to Oregon is going to save her, not to mention that offer gone probably be rescinded… unless Jax can pull some strings with Pope to make the inevitable prison investigation go away…. but that seems very unlikely. Poor Tara.

    • Yeah i can’t disagree with that at all, though i will say i’m in favor of more face time, as far as him being more a biker type character, idk, i think he would of done great as that, but it’s almost refreshing seeing how good he is no matter the role, especially one much more reserved than previous roles hes done.

      I honestly wonder if his character will carry over into the next seasons, he seems like it, maybe that would explain his lack of screen time, they might look at him as endgame for Gemma, we’ll see.

      • I’ll bet Trejo is back with a bang in S6. I can see Clay using him to get back at Jax, after his setup of Clay.

    • Agree about Trejo, but also Samcro. I read on other forums complaining about not enough face time/story/ even lines for the guys (other then Jax and Clay) I would take off alot of Unsers face time (why does he rate over more Tommy or Happy and what kind of cancer does he have that does not effect his life at all?) and give it to some other guys !

      • As much as Jax lays down, it’s a wonder he has feet left. I think it looks like crap.

  4. I suppose it’s easy to say that Tara should have known better but otherwise there wouldn’t be a story. Hell, we all knew Otto was planning something, it was obvious. Just didn’t think it would be what he did, but I hope that this concludes his storyline. There’s really nowhere else to go with him. Also, does anyone remember who Lenny is? Was he the MC’s old accountant or something like that?
    I’ve been curious myself as to the whole look of Jax from the beginning, his character and wardrobe design. He goes for the wifebeaters, the white tennis shoes, and used to sport the ‘banger plaid shirts buttoned to the neck. I’ve never looked into or read into what the creators thinking was on that.
    I guess Nero took a powder this episode.

  5. I’m assuming that everyone knows that Lenny is played by Sonny Barger, founder of the Oakland, CA Hell’s Angels. He was associated with the riot at Altamont Speedway Music Festival, in 1969, but I believe that the HA were cleared of all charges connected with the event and the associated deaths.
    He’s a throat cancer survivor and actually had his vocal cords removed in 1983.

    • No kidding that’s Sonny Barger? Interesting.

      If you check Costco’s website, the nearest Costco to where Charming is either in Lodi or Stockton. Wonder which one they go to.

      • Well, the Sons are never too far from Stockton Penitentiary. It saves time ;)