This is meant only for those that are up to date on the show. DO NOT read on if you aren’t. I am writing spoiler filled reviews in hopes of creating a debate/conversation for each episode. No insulting comments will be allowed. Positive comments only!
Season 5 Recap: Early in the season, tragedy strikes when members of SOA are in prison. Because of past actions that occurred in Season 4, vengeance is sought against the club. A man by the name of Damon Pope (Harold Perrineau) is a force to be reckoned with. When the club enters Pope’s life in a violent way, Pope puts a burden that no one should have to carry on the club’s president, Jax Teller (Charlie Hunnam).
When members die, Jax is thrown into a violent flurry involving government agencies, drug cartels, rival biker clubs, and even his own family. These deaths propel Jax into territory that threatens everything he knows and loves. It’s a sort of juggling act, and if one thing falls everything falls.
The season ends with Jax tying up some loose ends only to create more in their place. His wife is sent to prison by his own mother out of some misplaced jealousy, not to mention a reluctance to give up what power she feels is entitled to her. Jax’s estranged stepfather, and former club president, Clay Morrow (Ron Perlman) is blackmailed for a murder he did not commit. It is Jax’s hope that prison will “take care of the problem” that is Clay, on its own.
Episode 601: Straw
Show creator and executive producer Kurt Sutter wastes no time bringing controversial topics to the forefront with the season 6 premiere. Everything is wrong and all Jax is trying to do is straighten things out. This is much easier said than done. Retired U.S. Marshal Lee Toric (Donal Logue) is pressing not only Tara (Maggie Siff) but Clay as well for information that will ultimately ruin the club permanently. Not to mention, Toric is making good on his promise to ruin what is left of Otto’s (Kurt Sutter) life. Due to past actions, Juice’s (Theo Rossi) loyalty is still in question; he is an unstable liability in the eyes of Chibs (Tommy Flanagan) and can’t understand Jax’s reasoning for showing Juice a pardon for what Chibs sees as betrayal.
Bobby is distancing himself from the charter and is showing signs that he may want to go nomad. He feels that Jax is beginning to resemble the very man Jax despises, Clay. Tig (Kim Coates) is still a mess after the loss of his daughter and his short fuse seems to be even shorter in the aftermath of all that has happened. In fact everyone has a short fuse right now; trust is virtually dead among the members of SOA. Through Jax and Tara’s lawyer, Jax is made aware of the probable catalyst that has placed Tara in prison, his ever mettlesome mother, Gemma (Katey Sagal).
In the final moments of the episode another tragedy strikes that will have even greater consequences than what is initially obvious. An outside event takes place that will have great effects on the inside of the club. As much as the club is already in pieces, things are about to get much, much worse.
Episode rating out of 5 Nerdskulls: 5
I personally loved the new episode and am very excited to see where it all goes. What are your thoughts on the episode? Where do you think the season is headed?
Episode 601 trailer:
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