By the time I sat my ass down to watch this episode, I thought I was ready to deal the fact that I'm not going to be seeing Opie's epic beard or his beanie ever again. As usual, I was wrong. I didn't cry, but I did choke up when I saw Bobby put that beanie in his hands. I already miss Opie.
What the hell was the deal with all the Ashley Tisdale hype? Bitch was on the show for less than 10 minutes, and that's for both episodes. She got the fuck beat out of her and she fell off of Jax's bike, that was it. She had 3 lines. I at least expected her infamous duck face to make an appearance, but alas, it was absent. Duck face is what defines Ashley Tisdale, that's her fucking signature.
ENOUGH WITH THE CATFIGHTS
It has gotten to the point where I cannot even watch whenever the women come on screen. I am so sick of this cat fighting shit, I fast forward whenever the female characters have scenes together. I know that there are some women who act like that and feel they have to be in each other's faces all the time, and yeah that's kind of realistic (not the beat downs or getting arrested part but the constant drama) but the thing is, nobody fucking likes it when women do that. That is the least attractive trait that women have and I hate that there is so much of that shit on this show. That story line has not been entertaining since the first season. They need a new one for the women.
JAX AS A LEADER
Whenever there are scenes in which Jax is sitting at the head of the table, it seems like he's having trouble selling himself as the new president of SAMCRO. It might be his youth, but I don't think that's it. It's like he's begging for their approval, rather than commanding their obedience. Clay never had to do that. Kurt Sutter said that the reason we have Ron Perlman as Clay is because of the type of presence he has. He feels like a king, and when I go back and watch older seasons of this show, I can see that too. It's in his voice, it's in his face and the way he carries himself. In the beginning, when the club was more whole than it was when Clay got shot, when Clay spoke, no one argued with him. They would ask him questions, but when the King spoke, his men were silent. Jax does not have that, and he does not command as much respect. I love how Kurt Sutter is showing us this. He has Jax sitting at one end of that table, trying to be the King but falling short, having has decisions questioned, and then we have the fallen King right across from him questioning his every move as well. I love that Clay challenged Jax. Charlie Hunnam said this is going to be the season where Jax becomes more humble and mature and that he's going to see how hard it is to do Clay's job. I'm glad that we're starting to see that.
As much as I've always hated on Jax the character, I've always admired Charlie's portrayal of Jax. When season 1 started, we saw the prince being the prince. He was a flirt, he was cocky, and he was a brat. Today, he's still a fucking brat, not as cocky, but he's turned into a douche bag. That's what princes are supposed to be. It annoyed me then and it irks the shit out of me now. Having said that, I want to see how Jax evolves, especially after the death of Opie. I don't think Jax will ever stop being a douche, but I am very interested to see what he turns into.
NOT ENOUGH ACTION FROM THE REST OF THE GUYS
The problem I have with this season is there is not enough action from the other guys. Yeah, it is true they've been through some awful shit. Our Tiggy has been traumatized and Opie is dead, but all of that has been pushed into the background so that we have to suffer through all of Jax's family shit . I really hope they get all this Wendy/Tara/Gemma/Abel/Jax crap figured out soon because I'm growing bored with all that drama. I want to see more of our favorite guys being the bikers that they are instead of used as props for the Jax and Tara show.
What I wanted to see with this episode, and what I am hoping to see with future episodes is the effect that Opie's death has had on the rest of the club. To me, it seems like losing such a huge (literally, dude was like 6'5) member of the club was downplayed, like a lot. The shit that went on with the hooker and the beat downs was just noise and filler. It was not club shit and it was unimportant. I wanted to see more club shit.
As I was watching the guys do the whole Egyptian thing and give Dead Opie things to keep with him in his coffin in case he needs them in Biker Heaven, I started thinking of The Sopranos for some reason. There were fuck loads of deaths in The Sopranos. but for some reason the death of Jackie Aprile Jr. popped into my head. He was such a minor character, and the guy was a fucktard, but his death effected so many families in so many ways that when it happened, it was brought out in front and it showed how all these families were dealing with that death. I expected such a thing to happen on this episode of Sons, but it didn't. Opie's death was supposed to be a game changer, but it just didn't feel like that. I guess not yet anyways.
Opie dying made me realize that, even though we don't see enough of them, the other guys are the heart of SAMCRO, and I want to start seeing more of them because we don't have that much time left in this series, or for them. Any one of the guys could be next.