‘Sons of Anarchy’: The Truth Will Set You Free

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CCH Pounder and Charlie Hunnam in SoA John 8 32 Sons of Anarchy: The Truth Will Set You Free

[This is a review of Sons of Anarchy season 6, episode 9. There will be SPOILERS.]

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After last week’s retread of the familiar power struggle between Gemma and Tara, Sons of Anarchy keeps the confrontations going by placing Jax right in the middle of four fierce women and their various agendas that involve him or SAMCRO (in one way or another).

So far this season, Gemma and Tara’s dance has taken something of a different approach, in that Tara is no longer vying for control of Jax in the hope that she might be the one to help him better steer the Sons into the legitimate business.

Instead, Tara’s doing the only sensible thing: she’s cutting and running. But that’s easier said than done when the person most likely to hunt her down is, in essence, one of the primary reasons she’s so eager to put Charming in her rearview. In some sense, the push and pull of Tara’s long con escape plan is no different from the other two getaways that are currently in progress.

In that regard, we still have SAMCRO’s flight from the IRA gunrunning business and Clay’s gratuitously violent, overly elaborate and tortuously slow-going escape from prison. (If nothing else, Sons of Anarchy season 6 will go down in history for have the most montages involving a bloodied Ron Perlman nursing his wounds in a jail cell.)

But like Tara’s inability to escape the gravitational pull that is Gemma, Jax and the intolerable baggage that comes with being a part of the Teller family, the MC just can’t seem to break free of the Kings and Galen. That is, until Jax hits Tyne Patterson up for a get-out-of-jail-free card by once again invoking the name of Legitimate Business and appealing not only to her civic-minded side, but also the side interested in her career trajectory.

Charlie Hunnam in SoA John 8 32 Sons of Anarchy: The Truth Will Set You Free

For its part, ‘John 8:32′ does a nice job of drawing as many parallels within the episode’s storyline as it can, making the narrative feel more cohesive than others this season. This added cohesiveness also helps with making this particular extended episode feel less arduous to get through, since most of the thirty or so extra minutes is spent listening to characters tell each other all kinds of information the audience already knows.

But the primary parallel that’s the most undeniable is the one in which the characters concede that Gemma and Tyne are not to be trifled with, and that no matter how much Tara, Jax or maybe even Nero now would like ignore them and hope they go away, these relentless women have to be acknowledged one way or another.

Because when it comes right down to it, they wield more power and influence than anyone might be willing to admit. Tyne’s ability to apply pressure has Jax in her office making insanely risky deals, and Gemma’s actions cause such an intense ripple effect that a disturbed teen is compelled to hurl a pipe wrench through a plate glass window in response to an event that happened more than 10 years ago.

That kind of influence means nothing good is headed Tara’s way. In fact, it’s enough to suggest that Unser has a better shot at becoming sheriff again than Tara has at escaping with her kids.

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Sons of Anarchy continues next Wednesday with ‘Huang Wu’ @10pm on FX.

Photos: Prashant Gupta/FX

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  1. Just end this show. It is so bad.

    A guy wants to do good things because he found his dads book. So, to repent all the bad things he did, he does more bad things… I saw the first season and a half, my ex liked it for some reason.

    BTW, I did not break up with her because of this show…

    I broke up with her because she farted in her sleep. :)

    • @Big Baby Jesus

      Kill yourself..

    • I agree let it die.

      • This show stinks

  2. Big Baby Jesus 9 hours ago

    Just end this show. It is so bad.

    A guy wants to do good things because he found his dads book. So, to repent all the bad things he did, he does more bad things… I saw the first season and a half, my ex liked it for some reason.

    BTW, I did not break up with her because of this show…

    I broke up with her because she farted in her sleep. :)

    you don’t even sound like your old enough to watch the show. you only watched the first season and a half then why do you even care or post on here? I know why because your other troll friends do it too. the last episode was amazing . When clay bit the guards face off was classic stuff.
    I bet you hate this show but love how crappy the new season of the walking dead is

  3. A few weeks back I thought it was a sure thing that Tara wouldn’t survive the season but now that it seems obvious that she won’t I’m predicting another Kurt Sutter switcherooo.
    What will that consist of? I have no idea but I’ve learned with this show that as soon as something seems obvious the rug immediately gets pulled out from under us.
    Overall I thought this was a pretty solid episode and I have appreciated the past few weeks. Even though it may be a little to late I was glad to see Jax actually do something nice for once that isn’t rooted in some other plan.

  4. im so very pissed right now i just seen previews for next week OMG here we go again jax turned on the IRA and now they have gone and taken Thomas another kidnapping this time its Thomas and not Abel come on kutter really another kidnapping of the baby the preview tara is in a dark house she hears a noise goes running to Thomas bedroom and there is a empty crib and her calling out for Thomas now were going to have the rest of the season of jax looking for him and then the cliff hanger looking at maybe something happen to him i swear you couldnt come up with something better

    • Hey bro it is a no brainer that jax took his kids. it aint got S#$t to do with the ira

  5. Another okay episode. The whole Tara/Gemma storyline is getting old. Again, it seemed like the Gemma show with everything else more of a side story. I get they want to show the Tara/Gemma arc but a couple of seasons of this is starting to get old.

  6. What was the song played @ the end of show last night? Couldn’t catch it in the credits or find on internet.

    • “Lullaby for a Soldier (Arms of the Angels)

  7. I watch this show out of habit now and my GF still likes it for some reason, maybe because it’s like a repetitive soap opera.

  8. Ok am I the only one who thinks Tara committing suicide with the gun or not….she is in so deep there really is no place for her to go…also what is strange is how does turning on the IRA stop the violence???makes no sense to me….Good to have Bobby back and why nothing on any of the other bike gangs like the Myans? They made the show interesting and Clay turning Otto was a let down..real let down that was a weak story twist….

  9. Oh don,t worry people…. Trust me the show will, can and is going to keep getting worse. Wow what was is Sutter, 1 episode before Gemma was out and back on top again…. The show has gotten soooooo friggin predictable