TV Review: “Sons of Anarchy” Finale – “J’ai Obtenu Cette”

Written by Jesse Gelinas December 09, 2012

Jax delivering Tig on "Sons of Anarchy"

Delivering a brother

“We always have a choice.”

That title is wrong and it bothers me. “Sons of Anarchy” has never been a subtle show. This finale is a testament to that. That title is apparently meant to be a rough translation of the recurring line of the season: ‘I got this’. It is not, and so kind of defeats the purpose. That aside, this finale was pretty friggin’ epic!

Jax demands that Pope give a signed guarantee protecting SAMCRO’s interests in the new development deal. Pope agrees, and Jax promises to deliver Tig later that day. First, Jax and the Sons of Anarchy back up Nero’s crew in taking back their block, picking up a new dog for the clubhouse in the process. Jax later takes Tig to be executed, and it looks grim. At the last minute, Jax drops an ambush on Pope and his men, allowing Tig his revenge, and setting up Clay for the murder by using his gun.

“It all comes around, Tiggy”

In Stockton, Otto is ready to give his statement regarding the murder of the nurse, while psychotic ex-US Marshall Toric looks on. Otto shocks the detectives by biting off his own tongue, silencing himself permanently. Tara appears to be safe for now, and her new job in Oregon is set. Gemma discovers this, and threatens to rat Tara out herself if she tries to take Jax and the boys away. Wendy also informs Tara of Jax’s horrific attack on her the night before. Tara then commits to leaving Wendy as a backup guardian for Abel and Thomas.

Donal Logue as former US Marshall Lee Toric on "Sons of Anarchy"

This man will make a great antagonist next season.

Clay is prepared to leave for Ireland, with Gemma apparently accompanying him. He is soon arrested by Sheriff Roosevelt (acting on a tip from Jax), and Gemma refuses to back his alibi. This sends Clay to lockup and forces Pope’s number two man to put a $5 million bounty on his head. Gemma then reunites with Nero who confirms his intentions to stay in the gangster business for the time being.

“I’m not Pope. I’m just a mechanic looking out for my family.”

In the end, Jax is given an ultimatum by Tara: come to Oregon or lose her and his sons. Before he can answer, Sheriff Eli arrives to arrest Tara for conspiracy to commit murder. Gemma comforts Jax (who has torn up the guardianship papers). Clay heads to prison, Bobby turns in his VP patch, Tig plays with his new dog, and Jane’s Addiction plays a pretty decent ‘Sympathy for the Devil’ cover.

Ron Perlman on "Sons of Anarchy"

It’s a start.

This season was leaps and bounds ahead of season four, but it wasn’t without its problems. While I love Ron Perlman’s acting, Clay’s role on the show is becoming more and more superfluous. It’s obvious that keeping him alive year after year is a writing nightmare. Also, I understand that we’re supposed to be seeing Jax’s downward spiral and corruption as a leader, but he’s become almost totally unlikable this season. That seems to be a problem on the show: its leads are not LIKABLE. Tig, Bobby, Chibs, and Tara; all enjoyable, engaging characters. I couldn’t care less about Gemma’s love life given how evil we know her to be. Sutter needs to work on this next season if he wants to keep the show entertaining. We can only watch people we hate for so long.

“You had a chance to be different.”

“Maybe I’m not so different.”

Overall, the finale was pretty awesome. It tied up some loose ends and set up some good drama for next year. There wasn’t nearly enough Donal Logue, but his psycho Marshall will certainly be back again, and on full assault. Hopefully we’ll also see a returning Jimmy Smits, and we’ll have to see how Sutter manages to keep Ron Perlman relevant to the main story now that he’s a dead man walking. “Sons of Anarchy” has successfully wound down an intense season and has set up an been bigger one. If this year is any indication, I’m sure it won’t disappoint.

My Rating: 8.5/10

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After years attempting to escape the Matrix, Jesse has accepted his fate as a writer and Senior Editor. Now that's he finished with his film degree, it gives him something to do while waiting for the machines to get careless.

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