Friday, October 22, 2010

The Sons; Where "Deadwood" Meets the "Soprano's"

The Sons of Anarchy


We're just about to start season two of the F/X series "Sons of Anarchy", and I'm definitely hooked...
Creator Kurt Sutter has masterfully blended familiar elements of two other great shows- "Deadwood" and "The Sopranos" - into a mixed display of honor and violence surrounding a fictional biker gang in a fictional California town.
I had seen the adds on TV for "Sons", but never drifted to the right channel on the right day to watch it. After hearing a local barmaid talking about the show, I asked a couple of other people if it was any good. I mean, OK, it's a biker show, but does it have good drama?
Well, it doesn't just have good drama, it has great drama. We are watching the series on Netflicks.
Sutter captures the "Wild West" horseback feel of the biker gang, eluding to my "Deadwood" reference, along with some serious organized crime as per "The Sopranos".
But as in every good tale, loyalties rotate among players, there is good within the bad and vica-versa. According to theatrical reviews, the series is loosely based on Shakespeare's "Hamlet", with every bit of the intrigue.
The level of violence might not be good for the young kids, but is not so graphic that wives can't handle it.
There's something very satisfying about watching an ongoing series, it gives you a lot to look forward to with every turn of the throttle. I recommend this one.

3 comments:

Journeyman said...

Absolutely right !

We're a series behind here in the UK - but I've managed to watch the currents Series 3 online.

One thing you didn't mention - SoA also has a great soundtrack.

Steve Perry said...

Soap opera with motorcycles ...

Not that there's anything wrong with soap opera -- my favorite TV show of all time was Upstairs, Downstairs, a British soap opera from thirty-odd years ago ...

Dojo Rat said...

A couple of the guys look like they could use a little soap...