Sons of Anarchy Coverage: The Boys are Back

Episode Commentary: Salvage

It appears the boys are back in town.

It’s funny sometimes, this television show thing. Sure, “Sons of Anarchy” is dying for something monumental to happen, but a fun, laid back episode like this one still finds a way to hit the mark. Why? Because the show has worked so long and hard to make these characters endearing and they are. Sometimes you don’t need death or shocking developments, you just need to see these characters in their element.

That’s exactly the case in this episode.

While there were small developments in the Nero situation and Tara and Wendy continue to plot their new lives away from the MC, this episode was all about the brotherhood. After weeks away from SAMCRO, Bobby came back and told Jax he wasn’t out looking to start his own Nomad charter, he was looking to recruit new members for the Redwood charter. With the band now stronger than ever, the Sons appear ready to take on the Irish. The unity of the entire group and other charters, to get out of guns and live happy and crime-free lives was a great moment, even though we know it won’t be an easy journey.

The destruction of the clubhouse has left its mark on the club and it’s obvious they need to change their ways. Battling crooked cops during this episode, we see Juice has a much grittier, wild side. Nice to know he’s more than a tech geek with a cool tattoo. The same thing goes for Jax. He understands better than ever that the MC needs to change its ways.

So while this episode lacked real action, it was nothing for Kurt Sutter and the writing team to say “sorry”about.

That was something reserved for the cops that chocked up Juice’s ride.

With roughly half of season six accounted for, it appears the seedlings are finally in place and this show can get its motor running. It’s going to be fun from here on out.

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