‘Sons of Anarchy’: Can I Borrow a Feeling?

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Tommy Flanagan and Charlie Hunnam in Sons of Anarchy Los Fantasmas Sons of Anarchy: Can I Borrow a Feeling?

[This is a review of Sons of Anarchy season 6, episode 8. There will be SPOILERS.]


Around this point every season, Sons of Anarchy usually pauses the action for a moment to highlight the emotional aspects of the various plots and character arcs comprising the season’s narrative. In that regard, ‘Los Fantasmas’ combines a curious mixture of characters eliciting some kind of woeful sentiment about their current predicament, while others – like Unser – exude more of an “it’ll work itself out” kind of vibe that’s as curious as his telling Roosevelt the MC is a vital part of Charming and removing it will only result in the city’s demise.

Examining the emotional aspects typically works best in the aftermath of an event that also suggests a permanent shift in the character dynamic. Last season, it was episode 8 ‘Ablation‘ – which followed the aftermath of Gemma nearly killing Abel and Thomas in an auto accident caused by her driving under the influence of marijuana. The incident resulted in Gemma being smacked around by Tara, banned from seeing her grandkids, and being all but disowned by Jax.

Now it’s episode 8 of season 6, and following Tara fabricating an assault from Gemma, the characters and the audience find themselves in another familiar situation. It’s so similar, in fact, that you can practically see Charlie Hunnam cross-referencing the season 5 script for his big scene in which he disowns his mother again – making the title ‘Los Fantasmas’ particularly apt, in this case.

Rey Gallegos Charlie Hunnam and Tommy Flanagan in SoA Los Fantasmas Sons of Anarchy: Can I Borrow a Feeling?

This time, however, Tara is on a full court press to finally distance herself and her children from Gemma, Charming, and all of SAMCRO – which includes her husband – and yet, the closer she gets to achieving her goal, the more she begins to have doubts about what it is she’s trying to accomplish. Tara is one of the few characters on Sons of Anarchy whose supposed inner turmoil and doubt doesn’t feel like complete hogwash, as she’s also one of the few characters who realizes that SAMCRO is a mostly corrosive element that eats away at the souls of those who’re involved, and especially those sitting at the head of the table. And while her sudden sense of doubt comes at a predictably inopportune time, it suggests another layer to her character that understands maybe there is something in Jax capable of turning the MC around and making it an endeavor that isn’t constantly bringing violence to his family’s doorstep.

Bobby certainly seems to believe that Jax can do it; his words to Tara go a long way in expressing how badly Jax needs her at his side in order to keep the MC from collapsing under even more Teller family drama. Wherever she goes, Tara seems to be reminded the plan that’s about to go into effect will irrevocably change her world, and possibly only serve to make things worse. But considering the other corrosive element in Tara’s life is out on the street telling Unser she’s “tired of being hated,” such irrevocable change may work out to be exactly what the club needs.


Sons of Anarchy continues next Tuesday with ‘John 8:32′ @10pm on FX.

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  1. This episode is just the beginning of the season and even next season to move in the predictable direction that we all know it will go. Gemma will come out on top and Tara will eventually hit rock bottom. Just like Sutter tried to tease that Tig would have to die for his actions last season, predictably he bring the story around to help the main characters. Gemma is the Clay for women characters in the show but we all know the shows creators throw punches at her but always bring her back. How many times does this have to happen before true fans start to realize her character and storyline is getting ridiculous! I am sure there is not a fan out there who has watched the show from the beginning that actually believes Tara’s plan is going to work and although we all know Sutter will make it fail….. We all continue to watch….

    • im pretty sure most of the sons will die before its all said and done. I think this season will end with tara getting off and jaxs finding out about everything she did. I think the sons will set up the irish when they try to break clay out of jail too. either way a season and a half before its all done with

  2. This show has utterly lost me after this season. I was excited for the Irish/SOA showdown but again, that has been placed on the backburner for the Tara/Gemma show. I know the guy is married to her but come on, enough already of this Gemma soap show. The whole DA approach is laughable with all the issues that would actually happen if it really was to occur. I was expecting for the season to set things up for the end next season but now there is talk that Sutter wants to extend it to at least 8 seasons if not more? I was hoping this series didn’t go the Dexter route in which they try to extend things just to make a quick dollar but this season along with news for a possible season 8 is making me think SOA is going the Dexter route now

    • its not going the dexter route. what do you want the sons to do to the ira? it is coming they are more then likely going to set them up when they break clay out or it will end up being the last season’s story arch

      • But that’s the thing. I understood it at first thinking it was all set up for next season but now the reports online is that Sutter is looking for a Season 8 and possibly 9 now because he feels the whole storyline can’t be done in 1 season. The Tara storyline is too dragged out and should have been done by now. This whole side story with the DA is laughable is makes the show more of a comedy rather than a drama. To think a DA would just eliminate evidence that had the marshall killing to set the sons up was just too far stretch for me. If it was something done maybe in the 70′s or 80′s I might have believed it but in todays age there are too many checks and balances that would allow that. So that whole storyline like the Marshall should have also concluded.
        It seems like the whole storyline is being dragged out now and because of it most of the storyline is predictable now. It’s time they start setting up the war against the irish and have that be a big storyline. I love the show but this show just hasn’t felt the same since season 3(like Dexter).

  3. admittedly, the scene with the mourning father of the school shooting victim got to me. that was depressing.