Review: Sons of Anarchy – June Wedding

SAMCRO has returned from Ireland, but before he can get a moments rest, Jax and the rest of the gang are out on a man hunt for Salazar who has left the fate of Tara unknown, and Jax in emotional disarray. Her only hope will come from the one man who has been trying to take down SAMCRO for well over a year now.

Jimmy O will also continue his search for freedom out of his Irish hell hole.

And before the episode is over, one person will make a decision that could destroy them, and everyone they have ever associated with, and could bring down SAMCRO in the process.

What worked: This episode is another perfect example of the show’s talent when it comes to tension building. Everything from the opening scene leaving you questioning the fate of Tara, to the build up of Jax’s new hunt for another loved one, to the ending of the hostage crisis, it was all done with a real artistry that the production team has really mastered over the years. And for the record, the final showdown between Jax and Salazar, regardless of its length was really great to watch.

It’s amazing to see how much wiser SAMCRO has once again become now that they are back in Charming. I guess the tiny California town has some mystical power or something because Clay and the rest of the gang (excluding Jax of course) played everything by the book.

With Gemma’s season arc coming to close I’ll be interested to see where the writers end up taking her character in the finale. Especially now that it appears she is going to get off all the charges that were brought against her.

I’m also really glad that Unser will finally be retiring, that dude deserves a break already.

What didn’t: Once again I’m going to have to rush right to the Stahl story line. The is just one of the worst characters on television right now. And by the end of this episode, I wasn’t shocked at what she ended up doing to her lover, I was just disappointed that, that was the best she could come up with. She has proven herself many times over to be a master manipulator, so you’re telling me this master manipulator couldn’t think of anything better to do that kill an innocent women and make her a scape goat? Come on.

And the reveal of why Tig and Kozic have bad blood was so dumb. A dog? Really? That is the kind of writing I expect from an animated sitcom, not a gritty series about an outlaw motorcycle gang.

And the Jimmy O story line was just lame, plain and simple.

Final thoughts: If it involved SAMCRO it was good, everything was crap.

Episode: “June Wedding” (Season 3, Episode 12)

Airs: FX, Tuesday, 10pm

What’s next: SAMCRO looks to heal old wounds while the ATF and the Russians stand in the way

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