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sons of anarchy recapping: authority vested

Previously on Sons of Anarchy: Sovereignty

Charming, the ironically named hometown of SAMCRO, already has it in for new President Jax Teller and his gang of rebel vigilantes. Jax and his fellow bikers only have eight hours before they are officially pronounced fugitives of the law, local law enforcement is turning to Opie in an attempt to end the Motorcycle gang’s exploit for good, and a series of home invasions leave residents of Charming wondering if it’s just merely gang retaliation, or something much more sinister.

While in hiding (at a “classy” brothel) Jax and Bobby receive a call regarding Tig. Upon arrival, Tig is still standing stunned and alone at the site where Damon Pope viciously murdered Tig’s daughter as part of his “eye for an eye” policy of revenge.  Jax, Bobb, and Chibs attempt to clean up the murders while Tig, sitting away from his friends, cradles the charred remains of his daughter. This is one of the most heart wrenching moments in the series so far. Tig believes that Pope is going to murder his remaining daughter, and goes on a pursuit to Oakland to find her and warn her of Pope’s evil plan to destroy his family.

Meanwhile, Jax and Tara are dealing with the obstacles of becoming the new king and queen of the Motorcycle Club. Jax feels it is his duty to look out for his member’s family, while Tara believes the true threat is within the boundaries of their own family.  Jax is also concerned with the situation of becoming fugitives. As they only have eight hours before they are pronounced fugitives, Jax believes that the Niner’s, Damon Pope, and the local police force are trying to flush them out of hiding. In season four, it is revealed that incarcerated SOA member, Otto, has become a rat in an act of revenge, and consequently, a RICO case has been filed against SAMCRO. This case is the ultimate threat to the livelihood of SAMCRO members and the gang itself, and Jax must find a way to prove that the case was made on bogus charges.

The episode concludes with the AWOL members of SAMCRO turning themselves in. As they are being arrested, Opie makes his appearance, punches a cop in the face, and is arrested along with Jax, Chibs, and Tig. A completely legitimate way to demonstrate comradeship against the earlier pursuits of law enforcement to turn Opie into a rat.

  • In the most endearing moment of the episode, Jax and Tara finally decide it’s time to get married. Viewers have been waiting since season one for something official to finally happen between those two love birds. Jax and Tara exchange vows within the lobby of the brothel, in front of a very perturbed judge. Although the setting was less than fairytale, the love between the two can be felt through the screen, and I cried a little.
  • After the tragic murder of Tig’s daughter at the hands of the evil Damon Pope, viewers wonder what this could mean for Tig. Is he going to try to seek revenge for himself, or revenge for the club?
  • Clay continues his typical journey of lies and deceit by pursuing Opie at his home. Opie is still (understandably) angry at Clay about the situation regarding his deceased father, Piney. Clay, being the amazingly predictable character that he is, spits the same lies at Opie that was said at the table. Clay claims “history escalated, it’s either kill or be killed.” A reluctant and vulnerable Opie, faintly believes Clay.  Could this be because of Clay’s obvious physical ailments, or is it too hard to grasp that your team leader is a homicidal sociopath?
  • However, Clay did offer some insight into his murder spree. Although we already know that it ensued because of the detrimental revelations that John Teller’s letter would have exposed, Clay actually provides Opie with some truth to the situation, by blaming history rather than just the individuals (John, Piney) themselves.
  • Jax and Gemma’s lover, Nero, have become somewhat close. While on a ride along, Jax and Nero confide in each other on the struggles of having an ex wife who uses drugs during pregnancy, and the prospect of starting a new life clean of gang affiliations. This new formed relationship could serve either two purposes for Jax: Nero could represent a new father figure for Jax, one that Clay lacked OR Nero could become a new member of SAMCRO and a way to eliminate Clay altogether.

jax and tara

Jax: “Something is coming for our families.”

Jax: ” I want you to be my wife, I always have. Right now. In a brothel, wanted for murder.”

Tara: “So much for romance.”

Jax: “I’m a fairy tale man. Nothing says love like capital murder.”

Clay (to Opie): “You’re walking away from SAMCRO because of your hatred for me. That is a mistake.”

Jax: ” Is this you becoming me?”
Opie: “How did I do?”
Jax: “Not bad.”


When not obsessively catching up with current and ’90′s television shows, aliciawrites19 enjoys nerding out to her favorite books and learning survival skills from horror films.

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sons of anarchy recapping: sovereign

The premiere of season five of this unbelievably addicting show does not disappoint. The motorcycle gang/vigilante group Sons of Anarchy is in turmoil after murder, betrayal, and revenge reared its ugly face amongst the gang members. The series picks up with the question: How can we rise from the weakening state that the gang has succumbed to?

The season picks up right after Jax Teller, the extremely handsome vice-president of the club, peacefully overthrows president Clay Morrow (his ape-faced step father). This was enacted after learning Clay was responsible for Jax’s father’s death. Throughout season four, Clay embarked on a murderous rampage to protect his secret of betrayal. This rampage included murdering club members and ultimately putting a hit on Jax Teller’s wife, Tara. This pivotal end to season four is exactly what viewers had been waiting for since the start of season one.

Jax’s first mission as new president is to end the beef between the Son’s and rival gang, The Niners. In the conclusion of season four, Tigg, an amusing and somewhat disturbed member of the Sons of Anarchy, takes matters into his own hands–ultimately murdering Veronica Pope in a drive by shooting. Pope is the girlfriend of Niner’s head hauncho LeRoy. It is later revealed in the series premiere that Veronica was the daughter of “businessman” Damon Pope, who is set on revenge against the Sons for the death of his daughter. Damon Pope becomes the new villain in the series as he proclaims that “I will decide who lives and who dies”.

Clay Morrow, inexplicably crippled from an injury due to a bullet in the chest, returns to the Club. Jax is now sitting in Clay seat and makes decisions for the club as Clay watches on with a disgruntled look on his face. Clay remarks to the club that his injury was a means of self defense (Lies!!). Clay claims that Opie, another young club member, accused Clay of murdering his father, Piney, and in an act of extreme hate, shot Clay. The club members meet this revelation with sympathy and shock. Jax looks on and supports Clay’s lie, because the already weakened club is not ready to hear the truth, and it’s now his job to protect the club. Clearly, Clay is not the mea culpa type.

The episode ends with witnesses identifying Jax and other Son’s members as involved with the Veronica Pope murder and the murder of other Niner’s members. Jax is warned with enough time so he and the other accused can make a run for it until a solution to the problem can be found.

  • At the beginning of the season, it is clear that Jax Teller wants to rid the club of it’s accepted acts of blood shed and revenge, and return to peacefully running black-market guns. However, as good as Jax’s intentions are, it’s obvious that that dream of “peace” is just a mere memory.
  • The mother-in-law/daughter-in-law relationship between Gemma Teller (Jax’s mother and Clay’s wife) and Tara Knowles-Teller has reached it’s breaking point. Could this be because power has shifted from Clay and Gemma to Jax and Tara?
  • Although Clay’s ailments are clearly visible, both physically and emotionally, it’s hard to feel sympathy for the man. Once he opens his mouth, any form of sympathy is blown out the window. There must be a reason for this man’s continued existence, possibly for evil. What poisonous lies will he spit out in order to keep the blame for himself–and possibly–to regain his position as president. He had no problem murdering his best friend, what more is a stepson?
  • The new arch-nemesis Damon Pope (Played by Harold Perrineau, who should be familiar to fans of Lost and Oz) poses as an interesting character, as he has proven quite early that he is ruthless and disturbingly just . His “eye for an eye” policy and his god-like statement that “I now choose who will live and who will die” seems to be a great threat to the Son’s and Jax’s mission to end the beef between rival gangs.


Jax: Maybe that’s my lesson, hold onto the simple moments, there’s not many left.

Jax: I’m not going to turn into Clay.

Opie: That’s not what I’m afraid of. I’m afraid I’m going to turn into you.


When not obsessively catching up with current and ’90’s television shows, aliciawrites19 enjoys nerding out to her favorite books and learning survival skills from horror films.

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