Review: Sons of Anarchy – Turning and Turning

Another week has gone by and the Sons don’t seem to be any closer to finding Abel than they were in week one. But things are about to change after Gemma receives a phone call that puts her into cardiac arrest. Now it’s an information game between the now in custody Gemma, the Feds and the Sons and the only question is, who will get there first?

Stahl also returns to offer the deal of a lifetime, or rather the deal that will put her career back on track. But things won’t go as planned for her and by the end she’ll make a deal of her own that will send everything in a tail spin.

And Tara will reveal a secret she’s been hiding from Jax for a very long time.

What worked: The cat and mouse game between the Sons and the Irish is becoming more and more intricate, and by result, more and more entertaining to watch. At the beginning of the season I was really worried about the writers’ ability to stretch the Abel situation out through the entire run, but they have once again proven why they are some of the best in the business.

I was a real fan of Segal’s acting in this episode. Despite being chained to a hospital bed, she still comes off as a major bad ass. A women who’s only goal is to see her family succeed and back together. In fact, some of her best moments came from her speechless scenes. Note her quivering lip in the scene where Jax and Clay are explaining the situation to her. Bad ass.

I also liked the Tigg and Chucky stuff in this episode. I would be all supportive of a Tigg/Chucky centered episode after the stuff in the Mayan’s warehouse. It was both hilarious and brilliantly crafted.

What didn’t: My arch nemesis has returned, Stahl. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again… I hate Stahl. Not in the way of I hate the character because she is a despicable human being (which she is), because that would make her a good part of the story. I just hate the way the character is built. That is the fault of both the writers and Ally Walker. And for once can we have an evil character that isn’t gay on an FX show?

While I did enjoy watching the Tigg/Chucky play detectives scene, it was out of place. The fact is, it was put in there because otherwise the entire episode would of been Gemma in a hospital bed. I just wish the writers would stop trying to force in scenes like this. Tigg didn’t need to drive a freaking forklift into the Mayan’s to get Chucky to safety.

Final thoughts: An interesting episode of Sons of Anarchy.

Episode: “Turning and Turning” (Season 3, Episode 5)

Airs: FX, Tuesdays, 10pm

What’s next: Unknown at this current time.

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