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post #31 of 1214
Good show, I liked the cast members.
I need FX-HD
post #32 of 1214
I'm on the fence whether or not I want to start watching.
post #33 of 1214
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Originally Posted by eddy_winds View Post

I'm on the fence whether or not I want to start watching.

Look at it this way. With FX repeating each episode of The Shield and Sons of Anarchy about 5x a week, that's another hour you'll have free on your DVR for one of the other series you like.

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Palladin

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post #34 of 1214
The second episode was significantly better than the first. I was on the fence after the first episode but now I'm hooked. Probably because this episode had a lot humor in it.
post #35 of 1214
I think this show kicks ass so far, and I'm hoping it just gets better. Yes, there's not much new here, but I love the characters and the biker genre. Plus the shock value of watching this stuff on a 'regular' cable channel, not that it hasn't been seen before with stuff like The Shield.
post #36 of 1214
Hooked on this show so far.. Looks like "The Shield' on wheels.. I like the characters of Mrs. Bundy and Adriana. Last nites episode was extremely brutal..Wasn't that the detective from the Shield playing the ATF guy? Good shock value as posted above..
post #37 of 1214
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Originally Posted by taxman48 View Post

Hooked on this show so far.. Looks like "The Shield' on wheels.. I like the characters of Mrs. Bundy and Adriana. Last nites episode was extremely brutal..Wasn't that the detective from the Shield playing the ATF guy? Good shock value as posted above..

Funny, I thought the same thing about it being a natural sucessor for the The Shield. A frenetic pace, a healthy dose of dark (and sometimes sophmoric) comedy, and the comradery and code of the MC. But, as has already been stated, its the writing and the fine cast of character actors that really make this show sing.

Yeah, last night's ep started pushing the boundaries of brutality, but that was all part and parcel of the continuing introduction to the the interactions of power in Charming.

Another fine episode.

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Palladin

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post #38 of 1214
I really enjoy the show.It does a good job of portraying life in MC really well.

Last night's show was a good example of life in a MC. The scene where two bikers are outnumbered. So they stand back to back to fight . Having a fellow member's " back " is a huge part of a outlaw MC.

Also when the member messes up and falls asleep. The punishment is something that would be common- a little embarssment and a little pain.


But the scene with the prospect without a bike and having to ride that small mini bike is over the top.

You could never prospect for that type MC with owning a Harley.
post #39 of 1214
I'm hooked. Party because I'm looking for a replacement for the greatest show ever, 'The Shield', and partly because I ride. I've never been a big group rider, and pretty much ride alone 99.9% of the time. I never quite grasped the MC 'gang' concept, even though I bought my first Harley at 19 after undergraduate school. However, I am fascinated by it, and know plenty of people who represent various riding factions.

This show, while over the top in some aspects (see last night episode and the...ahem...'ball work'...), I do know there are crazy mofo's out there who get off on that sort of thing. It was either episode 1 or 2 that Perlman asked one of the members, 'Did your momma drop you on your head when you were little?', and his response was (basically), 'No...why?'. All this was happening while he was talking about gutting and bleaching two girls dead bodies. There are true sociopaths in this world, and a lot of these clubs, so I thought that was a perfect response that added realty to the show's context.

That said, I'm glad they don't go over the top all the time with this. I'm all for action, mayhem, and adventure, but if every minute was intended to 'shock' the viewer, it'd get old. Thankfully, this is not present in this show.

I have the season-pass set and am watching every week! Hopefully this will ease my transition from the ending of 'The Shield'...
post #40 of 1214
I like it too. Not sure how realistic the MC thing is. I ride and rally often. Yeah, there is no way a prospect would be on a mini-bike, but it was funny as hell. Even in small town USA, a MC as violent as Sons are betrayed would not be in bed with most of the local police - including the sheriff.

We again get another glimpse of Jax's distaste for the extreme violence and further writings from his Dad. The club leadership is not unified and this will cause problems.

Another fun character is Sheriff Wayne Unser (Dayton Callie), AKA Charlie Utter from Deadwood and Steady Freddy Lopez on John From Cincinnati.
post #41 of 1214
The 'distaste' and disagreement are obviously going to come to a resolve somewhere WAY down the line if the series gets picked up for a few seasons. I don't see them playing that card anywhere in the near future as it would pretty much take away 99% of the main story arch. As long as they keep playing it out, the show is going to do well.

As for the gang being in bed with local law, I think they are giving a nod to the 'old-school vs. new-school' generations. I recall many cases in from my criminal justice courses (which is one of my degrees), where local law in small towns were tied to money laundering, drugs, prostitution, etc. This part, for me, is playing well because it is definitely adding an old-guard/new-guard dynamic to the show. And that goes for the MC itself as well. The damage is caused by the transition and who/what gets caught in the middle.
post #42 of 1214
Sam Crow
Sons of Anarchy Motorcycle Club Redwood Original Member (SAMCRO)
post #43 of 1214
http://www.movieweb.com/tv/news/41/23441.php

Forever Sam Crow is a new drama that will be coming to the FX channel next year. According to Variety, Kurt Sutter wrote the pilot script and will serve as a producer on the series.

The show will delve into the world of biker gangs in Northern California. The title refers to the gang that will act as the centerpiece of the show, and it is an anagram of "The Sons of Anarchy Motorcycle Club Redwood Original (Samcro)". Casting is currently under way, and a search is out for someone to direct the pilot.

In researching the series, Sutter spent a lot of time with the Hell's Angels out of Oakland. He stated, "These are regular guys. But I didn't doubt for one second that they couldn't slit my throat if need be."

The show does not currently have a start date at this time.
post #44 of 1214
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Originally Posted by taxman48 View Post

Hooked on this show so far.. Looks like "The Shield' on wheels.. I like the characters of Mrs. Bundy and Adriana. Last nites episode was extremely brutal..Wasn't that the detective from the Shield playing the ATF guy? Good shock value as posted above..

Great analogy... "The Shield on Wheels"

The two shows are very similar with the strong cast, the way they're written and the way they're filmed. You've got the strike team and Samcro, both constantly crossing a hazy line, albeit from different sides of that line.

And then you throw Jay Karnes in the mix. This could be a great vehicle for him. He did appear in the season finale of CSI. They didn't say what his character's name was in the episode, but it is listed as IA Detective Wagenbach. Although I thought it would be interesting for the "Dutch" character to be reprised on CSI, I think it's a great move for him to develop a new character in a new series.

It's a really interesting show to watch alongside The Shield as they slowly begin to lay out the groundwork for where the series will go, much like the first season of The Shield. The Shield on the other hand, knows exactly where it's going and it's almost overwhelming how much they're cramming into every episode as they approach the finale. I'm going to miss The Shield more than just about any TV show I've become a fan of, but I think Sons of Anarchy could plug that hole in the FX schedule quite nicely. Of course with the return of Sunny, Rescue Me and Damages, FX seems to have a lot of plugs.
post #45 of 1214
I am also hooked on this show. After sitting in class till about 830, this show is great to just it back and watch.
post #46 of 1214
Just wonderin'..... I know that it's a "no no" to wear a MC's colors if you're not a member; but what about a fictional club like Samcro?
post #47 of 1214
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Once again this week, Sons of Anarchy pretty much excelled any other new show so far this season. This week was a real improvement over the off-beat episode last week. I wonder if anyone other than The Shield's old fans have given this show the attention it deserves, which is a shame because the writing and acting are at least a level up from the majority of shows currently available.

After last night's ep with Jury, I get the feeling that the beginning of the Jax/Cole meltdown may be arriving sooner than we expected.

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Palladin

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post #48 of 1214
I watched the pilot episode and it was pretty good, as these things go. I used to be a biker myself (rice rockets, not Harleys), so I thought this would appeal to that "rebel" within. The problem is twofold: first, I can't see it in HD and there's no HD On Demand service for this show. Unlike AMC's stellar 'Mad Men', FX doesn't make this show available for the HD Showcase On Demand channel. Secondly, there's just so much good TV on right now that there's just no room for this one. It's good, but not good enough to crack an exceedingly crowded lineup at my house. Even with Ron Pearlman and Katy Segal, two old pros whom I've greatly enjoyed in other roles over the years, chewing scenery like there's no tomorrow. Few chew it better.

Television triage strikes again. It's become a numbers game.
post #49 of 1214
I really wanted to like this show. I like Pearlman and Katy, the police chief and much of the cast, but the actor playing Jax is just not believable to me and takes me out of the show every time he's on screen. To me instead of coming off " cool " he comes across
as pompous and cheesy. Some of the writing is too predictable as well, the whole scene with the guy sitting on Jax's bike was laughably predictable and then the girl ditching her man for some super cool biker kid that just beat up her boyfriend...eh.
I'll give a couple more episodes, maybe it'll mature a little more as the season goes' on.
post #50 of 1214
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I wonder if anyone other than The Shield's old fans have given this show the attention it deserves, which is a shame because the writing and acting are at least a level up from the majority of shows currently available.

Funny you mention that - I have never watched an epiosde of The Shield, yet I'm hooked.
post #51 of 1214
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Just wonderin'..... I know that it's a "no no" to wear a MC's colors if you're not a member; but what about a fictional club like Samcro?

For the most part, motorcycle clubs are about territory. It does not matter much if your colors are fictitious or not. If you in the wrong area wearing colors, you could be in trouble. In fact, posers are probable at greater risk.

I used to belong to a motorcycle riding club. These are different than motorcycle clubs and you won't see "MC" on the jacket/vest. We never had a MC problem, even when attending events with the Hells Angels (they have a pretty big chapter in southern MD). It's a little different down south and west.
post #52 of 1214
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Originally Posted by iresq View Post

I used to belong to a motorcycle riding club. These are different than motorcycle clubs and you won't see "MC" on the jacket/vest. We never had a MC problem, even when attending events with the Hells Angels (they have a pretty big chapter in southern MD). It's a little different down south and west.

My father-in-law is a real country guy who belongs to the Christian Motorcycle Association. They have jackets, logos, etc. But I bet even the Hells Angels don't mess around with them. They've got a pretty intimidating enforcer on their side.
post #53 of 1214
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My father-in-law is a real country guy who belongs to the Christian Motorcycle Association. They have jackets, logos, etc. But I bet even the Hells Angels don't mess around with them. They've got a pretty intimidating enforcer on their side.

Wow. Talk about cooking the odds!

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Palladin

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post #54 of 1214
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Unlike AMC's stellar 'Mad Men', FX doesn't make this show available for the HD Showcase On Demand channel. (

Must be a local thing. In the Chicago area on Comcast it's under HD > TV Shows.

I've watched all the episodes in HD OnDemand so far.

Art
post #55 of 1214
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Must be a local thing. In the Chicago area on Comcast it's under HD > TV Shows.

More of a TWC thing I imagine. Do you have 'Mad Men' on an HD On Demand channel as well?
post #56 of 1214
It's funny. Everybody keeps talking about not buying into the lead as a true tough guy. I think his over-pronounced swagger and talk is perfect for his character. His character is really a soft-hearted, emotional, short-guy who overcompensates to hide this aspect of his true personality by over-exaggerating his walk/talk/toughness.

My favorite description of little guys with big 'I wanna fight' attitudes is LMS- Little Man Syndrome. The second I saw this guy on screen that was the first thing I thought, and it has been a perfect description. Looking at him through those eyes, all the swagger and talk that he exaggerates fits perfectly and makes the show that much more fun for me.
post #57 of 1214
A few complaints about the show.

You would never see the VP of the club wearing sneakers on a run or even riding around town on his bike .


For some reason they didn't have the club fly a diamond ( diamond shaped patch which says 1%er worn over the heart area ) . We are supposed to think they are an Outlaw club but they don't fly a diamond.
post #58 of 1214
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Originally Posted by archiguy View Post

No FX-HD for us TWC customers means not much chance this show will stick in my home's lineup. Only SD show I'm watching right now is 'Charlie Jade', which is so good it's worth it.

Is it available on the On Demand? Or does TWC offer that?
post #59 of 1214
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Originally Posted by redvette View Post

Just wonderin'..... I know that it's a "no no" to wear a MC's colors if you're not a member; but what about a fictional club like Samcro?

I would wait to see if the FX store offers jackets and related merchandise at the end of the season. If they don't I would assume their lawyers told them too much liability if someone got attacked or killed for wearing sons of anarchy stuff.
post #60 of 1214
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Originally Posted by McDonoughDawg View Post

Is it available on the On Demand? Or does TWC offer that?

TWC offers only the HD Showcase On Demand channel, but FX doesn't make any of their shows available on it. AMC does ('Mad Men', 'Breaking Bad'), and it's greatly appreciated. I'd like to watch this show, but no HD = no see for me.
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