Last night you couldn’t turn anywhere without hearing someone talking about the premier of Sons Of Anarchy. Created by Kurt Sutter, Sons of Anarchy is at its best when it finds a balance between the dark, gritty world of the outlaw biker gang and the emotional human drama of a family. SAMCRO is a family.
The Sons Of Anarchy Season 5 premiere kicked off with Jax taking the place of his father in more ways than one, both at the head of the SAMCRO table and as the voice of journal-based reason, writing down thoughts for his kids and saying how much he enjoyed long trips because all he had to focus on was the smooth road ahead. Debuting in classic SOA fashion – tattooed and bending a naked Gemma over the bed – Jimmy Smits’ “companionator” will serve as a mentor of sorts to Jax this season. Sure, his inclusion in the storyline was a bit random and convenient… but it’s Jimmy Smits! A huge fan of his from way back in the NYPD Blue day, I can’t help but be excited to learn more about Nero Padilla.
The premiere, which stretched to the 90-minute mark, earned its length. The Jax-Tara marriage; Jax’s talk with the alienated, melancholy Opie; the still strong presence of the drug cartel and the government agents in the form of, among others, the marvelous Danny Trejo; the voting in of the Nomad members, who are bound to bring some good trouble along, and so much more: