Sons of anarchy: episode nine review

The newest installment of FX’s “Sons of anarchy” is the perfect balance of action, character depth, and climactic conclusions, making it the best episode of the season so far.

Kurt Sutter, creator and writer of “Sons of anarchy,” has finally hit the proverbial ball out of the park. This week’s addition to the sixth season of the long running show sees numerous consequences, some reaching back into the origins of the club, and we get to see just how deep the character of Jax Teller (Charlie Hunnam) really is as he’s faced with the brutal truth of his families current situation.

The overall depth of the episode, entitled “John 8:32,” is staggering. I’ve been a fan of the show since the beginning, and getting the opportunity to see the evolution of Hunnam’s character is shattering. In an hour long episode the audience is exposed to the deep confusion that makes the character so interesting, and also the seething rage that makes the series protagonist so explosive and unpredictable.

In one moment we see Hunnam having a heart to heart conversation with a young woman whose life is linked to the club and its past, and the next we see the dawning realization that Teller’s life is not as happy and simple as he once thought. It’s the latter moment, and the ensuing rage, that made the episode so powerful.

Ron Pearlman’s “Clay Morrow” has one of the most entertaining and deranged moments in this week’s episode that I have ever seen, and it was amazing to see. Pearlman’s character has been, for lack of a better word, a downer for the past few seasons. He has constantly been a thorn in the side of various characters. His duplicitous machinations and always striving to achieve his own selfish goals have been a constant theme of the show.

In one of the most bizarre and surreal moments I’ve ever seen, in any show, we get to see the more senile side of Clay Morrow, as well as the diversity of Pearlman as an actor. I won’t go into details, but it is most definitely one of the most entertaining moments of the episode. Bar none. I wouldn’t go as far as to say that Clay is one of my favorite characters because of the moment, but it is one of my favorite moments in the shows running on FX.

To say that I’m excited for next week’s addition to the season is an understatement of massive proportions. We will finally get to see how Jax is going to deal with his world falling apart, and I’m sure at least one of the show’s main characters will be leaving. The question is: will they be leaving in a body bag, or of their own volition? One way or another, I can’t wait to watch the chaos.