‘Sons of Anarchy’: Distance the Club or Deal With the Problem – Which Will Jax Choose?

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Charlie Hunnam and Jimmy Smitts in SoA One One Six Sons of Anarchy: Distance the Club or Deal With the Problem – Which Will Jax Choose?

When the season 6 premiere of Sons of Anarchy ended with the sounds of a school shooting in Charming, the question became just how the show would address the issue it had so bluntly brought up and connected to the characters at the heart of its story. But bringing up a complicated subject isn’t the same as dealing with it or taking a stance, or in terms of a popular television program, delving into deeper themes and examining the social implications and larger context of the culture of violence which SAMCRO itself frequently helps perpetuate.

With ‘One One Six,’ the school shooting certainly causes Jax, Nero and members of both their clubs to spring into action, but only after it becomes clear that the weapon used in the incident can be easily tied back to not only one of Nero’s associates, but more damningly, the Sons. This revelation puts both clubs into a brief tailspin, as Nero must round up his guy Arcadio (Dave Navarro) and his girlfriend Darvany (Samaire Armstrong) before she “rats” to the cops about where her kid Matthew might have procured such a weapon. Unsurprisingly, this ends with two more bodies being put in the ground.

Naturally, the problem doesn’t stop there, however. Looking to bury the Sons for what Otto did to his sister, Donal Logue’s semi-retired U.S. Marshal Lee Toric quickly makes the connection between the make and model of the gun and the club, and approaches C. Thomas Howell and an ambitious D.A. played by CCH Pounder to assist in running them into the ground. Meanwhile, Jax has a meeting with Galen, who doesn’t take the news of SAMCRO getting out of their deal with the Irish too well, and despite the protestations of young Mr. Teller, fails to cease delivery of more weapons.

Dave Navarro and Charlie Hunnam in SoA One One Six Sons of Anarchy: Distance the Club or Deal With the Problem – Which Will Jax Choose?

All in all, after deliberately inserting something as incendiary as a school shooting perpetrated by an eleven-year-old child of a drug-addled mother, the show – like its characters – seemed only interested in distancing itself from the repercussions of its own plot. So far (this being only the second episode of the season) Sons of Anarchy doesn’t give the impression it wants to take on a role in the larger discussion of guns and gun violence, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it won’t lead to a deeper conversation down the line. It’s just unfortunate that after using such a provocative incident, the immediate implication is that the show was interested in it only as a mere plot device.

To that end, Jax’s search for legitimacy is brought up several times during ‘One One Six’ – especially with regard to Tara, and the ever-widening emotional gap between the two – but that search has yet to cross paths with a legitimate discussion of his and the club’s culpability in an event like the one from the premiere. From a plot perspective, it’s certainly understandable that Jax’s first instinct would be to shore up loose ends and distance SAMCRO from what happened. Hopefully, as the season progresses, the show won’t continue to follow suit.

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  1. You can see where Sutter is headed, Tera is not long for this world, divorce and taking the kids from Jax is bad enough but to rat on him and the club is too much, she’s gonna get got and it will be brutal. My Guess is Jax will take her out by the end of this season and next season (probably the last) will be the slow and inevitable end to Jax Teller, we’ve seen what the guilt of loosing Opp has done to him just think what loosing Tara (at his own hands) will do to him. of course this all depends on weather Chibs will make a play on him or not it certainly seems like its going in that direction.

  2. I think Lowen has stirred up more trouble with the legal stuff for Tara then she should. This guardianship for the good of the kids is important but normally lawyer doesn t try to play a parent against each other. I dont get the lawyers perspective. Does she have a hidden agenda? And why this BFF attitude for Wendy from Tara. She did clean up and wants to know her kid but really giving the guardianship to your husband ex who doesn t even want the guardianship…. I dont know its fishy. I think Tara has lost her spirits is scared and Lowen is taking avantage of it cuz she s a double agent. BAM!

  3. I think Lowen has stirred up more trouble with the legal stuff for Tara then she should. This guardianship for the good of the kids is important but normally lawyer doesn t try to play a parent against each other. I dont get the lawyers perspective. Does she have a hidden agenda? And why this BFF attitude for Wendy from Tara. She did clean up and wants to know her kid but really giving the guardianship to your husband ex who doesn t even want the guardianship…. I dont know its fishy. I think Tara has lost her spirits is scared and Lowen is taking avantage of it cuz she s a double agent. BAM! Wouldn’t that be interesting,

  4. It sounds like they are really oversimplifying the lawyer stuff with Lowen. I thought she was the club’s criminal defense attorney but now it looks like she can handle divorces and family stuff? Are there so few lawyers in Charming?
    Also how is Toric able to run around in the Stockton jail like he owns the place and he has the power to get Clay to sign a cooperation statement? I know he has connections and ties to all the law enforcement in the area but it sure seems he has a lot of power. He can get someone to go in and rape Otto every day. He didn’t seem to do much with Tara. I guess she was able to make bail on her own. But he can get Clay protective custody and work out a rat deal. Where’s the DA in all of this?
    Then again there a lot of plot hole type stuff with SoA. It’s a great show but it does make you think. There’s so much killing in a small town, uh, no one notices? Where are the cops? They’re getting really good at burying bodies.
    Also, the show doesn’t paint law enforcement at any level in a good light. They’re all either incompetent, crazy, sadistic, or corrupt. And sometimes a combination of those traits.
    So this whole deal with the Irish doesn’t make much sense either. The Irish get their guns from Eastern Europe I guess. Then it gets shipped to the US, somehow. Then the Sons get the guns. But it still has to be transported from whatever dock it comes in to to the Sons. Then the Sons transport the guns to the end customer. Sounds like a lot of hand offs to me.