Tip of the week: Sons of Anarchy

I'm actually sitting in a train now from Warsaw to Krakow. I was listening to some music and then it hit me: I haven't written a series tip yet about Sons of Anarchy! How could I? So I immediately grabbed a piece of paper and a pen and started writing.

 

Sons of Anarchy is an American TV series about a motor club called 'Sons of Anarchy'.   While watching the series, you follow the lives of the club members. Main protagonist is Jack Teller (Played by Charlie Hunnam). He's the vice president of the club and the son of one of the founders. He is always trying to find balance. To think about what's good for the club. Ways to avoid violence or go legit. But it's just not that easy.. You get to see the issues that pop up in the motor club, the private lives of the member and the influence of all of this on their city Charming. The most important themes of the series are loyalty and family.  

 

How about the actors?

Main protagonist Jax Teller is portrayed by Charlie Hunnam . Jax is the vice president. The president of the club is Clay (Ron Perlman). He is the 'new' husband of Jax' mother Gemma ( Katey Sagal). Yes.. Just like that I'm throwing in two big names. If you haven't heard of Charlie Hunnam yet (rumor was he could have been Christian Grey in 50 shades of Grey), I'm sure you know Ron and Katey. Come on.. Really! You do know them! What if I say.. Hellboy? Yes, THAT is Ron Perlman in that movie (He plays Hellboy). And what if I say.. Married with Children?  Yup. Katey played Al's wife Peggy. I can assure you, she's nothing like Peggy Bundy in Sons of Anarchy. On the contrary! That's promising right? Well.. keep reading ;).

 

I have more!  You might know them. Maybe you haven't heard of them at all yet. But: It's definitely worth your time. Of course Jax and Clay aren't the only members of the club. There are other club members. (Haha sorry, I'm still sitting in the train to Krakow. It makes me a bit giggly). (The guy who's sitting in front of me. is very restless, repeatedly bumping in his chair. The guy before him is extremely nervous. He's walking around, touching the chairs and shelves. He even walked by and almost read this, lol.) On to the other club members: I'll highlight a few for you: 

Opie (Ryan Hurst): Torn between his family and the club.

Tig (Kim Coates, you can see in the video below!): Mr dangerous. he's loyal and crazy! 

Happy (David Labrava, you can see him on the first picture of this post): Happy is an ironic name, which stands for the lack of happiness.. Happy really is the quite type. I remember that Sig and I always were rooting for him to say something/ have a dialog. 

Bobby (Mark Boone Junior, you see him on the picture here): Mr loyal/ wise. Always gives advice to Jax and Clay.  

Chibs (Tommy Flanagan): He grew up in Nothern Island. 'Çhibs' refers to his facial scars. (By the way: the scars are real). 

Otto (Kurt Sutter): Kurt is the series head writer and showrunner. He plays club member Otto, who is incarcerated, himself. 

 

We already met 3 people from the cast of Sons of Anarchy: Kim Coates (Kim was our first!) and Mark Boone Junior & David Labrava. In November I will meet Tommy Flanagan!  Check out the video below to see us meeting Kim Coates! 

Who will like this?

It's an action/ thriller/ drama series. There is a lot of action. But: with a story. It's not killing for killing. I wouldn't see it as horror/ a killing spree with guts hanging out etc. Though every season, the series gets tougher! There will be fights. And people will die. You get to see every inch of the clubs development and of the private lives of the members. This means themes such as good/ bad. But also: Loyalty, betrayal, family, separation.  Check it out if you like a combi of action, nice dialogs, strong characters and the discussion of bigger themes.  

 

Jax thinks a lot about life lessons, good vs. bad, the actions of the clubs etc. He reads his fathers diary and can philosophizes about it and about life and the club. The birth of his son only strengthens this.  To show you what I mean, I'll share some of his 'thoughts' with you: 

 

1. "There's an old saying - that which doesn't kill you makes you stronger, I don't believe that. I think the things that try to kill you make you angry and sad. Strength comes from the good things, your family, your friends, the satisfaction of hard work. Those are the things that will keep you whole, those are the things to hold onto when you're broken."

 

2. “I feel like my life has taken a turn. I’m heading down a road I’ve never been on before. Nothing is familiar. The signs don’t make sense. Do I get off the road, or do I keep riding? Do I go alone or take others with me? Who do I trust for the journey? I now understand why being a leader requires isolation.I have to remove myself from those whose lives were affected by my decisions. Those I love… as well as those I hate."

 

3. "The only advice I can give you, sons, is to examine who you are as men. Figure out what’s important to you. Know yourselves. Know what’s in your heart. Don’t be swayed by fear or history or the opinions of outsiders. Find your own truth. It will lead you to the things you love."

How many seasons?

There were 7 seasons! 

My opinion

I started watching Sons of Anarchy by accident. Just channel surfing on tv and kept watching. I liked it. (If you would have told me about it, I would have thought it wasn't for me. I had some preconceptions on action/ biker series haha). What intrigued me was the balance between the club life and the family/ love. (However: Everything always leads back to the club). And believe me: This ain't cheesy! Lol. You can't be cheesy if you want to be a SOA biker. (Mr. Nervous walked by again.. now standing next to his chair. Rubbing over his head. Looking at all sides, he's making me nervous lol.) I think the series has a lot of talented actors, which makes it a lot of fun to watch! My personal favorite characters would be Tig/ Chibs/ Opie (in the club) and Gemma/ Nero/ Marcus Alvarez (outside the club).  It's nice to see how they deal with all the dilemma's, wars and betrayals. It's rough and tough. But not at a very high pace. (Not like The Walking Dead in the beginning). Scenes and dialogs are well thought out and everything is connected. ( Mr. Nervous is wildly moving on his chair. I can see him in the window haha). Oh, and I love the theme song called This Life.  

 

Rate

Imdb: 8,6

Mine: 8

Who's your favorite 'Son'? What's your favorite series? Have been addicted to a series? What series (or genres) would you like to see in our "Series Tip of the Week"? 

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Comments: 28
  • #1

    mr.M (Thursday, 06 October 2016 18:34)

    I have never heard for this show, I must find it. Thank you for recommodation, your post forced me to watch this show, sounds interesting to me. Thank you again for sharing this with us

  • #2

    Filipa (Thursday, 06 October 2016 19:04)

    I've heard of this series before, but never actually watched it. But it's been on my watchlist for a while.
    Great review!

  • #3

    ROBERT LEE (Friday, 07 October 2016 09:48)

    I did check our Sons of Anarchy a year ago, it's just not that appealing to me. The thing is, most TV series, if I did end up watching, would get me hooked. Imagine I was hooked to some really ... let's say horrible series like Second Chance. Hahaha. Hey, how about Gotham?

  • #4

    Sabine (Friday, 07 October 2016 09:55)

    I know my brother watches this. He likes it because he thinks it's a real manly serie. That why I probably won't like it hahha. On the way in the train must be so calming to watch series!

  • #5

    Thelittlelai: Beyond limits (Friday, 07 October 2016 10:59)

    I have never come across this show, this is such a well written article that wants me to check it and perform a further research about it. I find it very interesting since I also love the thrill kind of movie. Thank you so much for sharing!

  • #6

    blair villanueva (Friday, 07 October 2016 12:16)

    I better catch this TV series because Carola gave a good rate... This is were I look for good movies / tv series to watch, coz saves me time :D

  • #7

    Laveena Sengar (Friday, 07 October 2016 15:20)

    This is such a co incidence. I was thinking about watching that series and here I read a tip. This has happened a couple days times and has been helpful.

  • #8

    pospi (Friday, 07 October 2016 15:51)

    Sincerely i do know about some of the Actors u mention here, i m really used to watching movies, Nice ideas u gave here

  • #9

    Mimi (Friday, 07 October 2016 16:02)

    I don't think this would be my type on tv show, plus I really struggle with older things ..

  • #10

    Sam (@followyouroad) (Friday, 07 October 2016 16:15)

    Awesome. Actually I've never heard of Sons of Anarchy. But it looks like it has a following already, and that you actually like it! My brothers would love this.

  • #11

    Eugenia (Friday, 07 October 2016 17:21)

    I’ve never watched this show, seems very interesting and worth watching! My favorite series are The Mentalist, Hawaii 5-0 and Suits :-)

  • #12

    Gabrielle Crystal RoseBonniee ~ (Friday, 07 October 2016 18:49)

    After a while finally something what I saw or what I know for sure. Great series with handsome guys ♥

  • #13

    Ree (Friday, 07 October 2016 19:31)

    So many people have told me to watch this and I still havent! Now you have too

  • #14

    Sandra (Friday, 07 October 2016 20:24)

    I've never heard of the serie, but after reading this post I think I'm gonna past, because it's not really my category. Thanks for sharing, though! X

  • #15

    Allison (Friday, 07 October 2016 23:52)

    So many people I know are into this but I have never watched an episode. My son and his girlfriend are big fans. Maybe I'll have to give it another look!

  • #16

    eleanor (Saturday, 08 October 2016 02:30)

    I haven't watched this show. But it seems interesting so I will definitely check this out. I love watching action/thriller movies and television series so gonna see this. Appreciate the insights you shared with us regarding this one.

  • #17

    Kris (Saturday, 08 October 2016 02:37)

    I love that you took some excerpts from the series. I haven't heard about son's of anarchy before and Im not sure if this is in line with my genre. Although, I will try to check this one out and see how it goes. Who knows, I may have a thing for action series. :)

  • #18

    jared's mum (Saturday, 08 October 2016 04:04)

    I have not heard of this series before but it sure sounds interesting! Hopefully I could check this out soon. I miss watching all those awesome series on the tellie, some of my faves include Heroes, Chuck, and The X-files!

  • #19

    Maaya Legaspi (Saturday, 08 October 2016 06:15)

    I've never heard of this! Maybe because it's an action series. Though I might recommend this to my friends who watch almost every series they see online. Haha!

  • #20

    Hang Around The World (Saturday, 08 October 2016 10:11)

    Reading your blogs we are discovering lots of new things that we've never heard before, and we like it! Who doesn't love to learn new things?

  • #21

    Pria Amor (Saturday, 08 October 2016 16:43)

    Never heard of this series, maybe because I'm not into this type of show. And we have limited chanel for tv series. But I'm sure that action fanatics will surely enjoy this series.

  • #22

    Damiansz (Saturday, 08 October 2016 19:35)

    Love that you covered the Sons of Anarchy on your blog !! This series dragged me in like few other good series. I really enjoyed watching the whole series.

  • #23

    Veronica (Saturday, 08 October 2016 21:41)

    I was traveling from Warsaw to Karkow and then Zakopane 2 weeks ago!
    I have never heard of these series before, but now I am intrigued!
    Have a safe journey!

  • #24

    Dunja (Sunday, 09 October 2016 01:29)

    Thanks for the tip! TV shows you recommend are always so interesting!

  • #25

    Bea (Sunday, 09 October 2016 06:02)

    I love reading your posts because I got to know beforehand if the series is for me. And this definitely is not one of mine. I don't know anything about motors. I'll tell my dad about this because this is his kind of series.

  • #26

    Malaika Fernandes (Sunday, 09 October 2016 11:20)

    Never heard of this but sounds interesting will definitely try to watch it

  • #27

    omniya fareed (Tuesday, 11 October 2016 21:41)

    this is one of my favorite shows and im glad you took the time to shed some light on it. it is one of the most underrated shows out there but i find it to be really awesome. I havent watched all the episodes yet but I will be catching up after this hahaha. You reminded me of this show. All the characters are really awesome as well. which one is your favorite? It is hard to choose.

  • #28

    Chardybaldyosa (Saturday, 15 October 2016 21:16)

    I've never heard of this series before but you're feature of it made me really interested. Cool actors and nice perspective about it.