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October 7, 2008 |

By Seth Freilich | Industry | October 7, 2008 |

Yesterday, some folks were asking where the Pajiba review of “Sons of Anarchy” is. While I’m not sure if any of our other writers are watching the show, and I’ve been too damn busy with my bloody real job to give the show a full review. But here’s the short version.

I’m mostly digging it. Ron Perlman and Katey Sagal are pretty fantastic, and it took me two episodes before I even realized that the nurse was Maggie Siff, “Mad Men’s” Rachel Menken. Everyone’s very solid, and although there’s something a bit off about Charlie Hunnam’s lead character. But I think it’s less a performance thing and more that the show itself hasn’t really worked out the character’s dichotomy between being a violent biker and trying to rise above the violence and immoral aspects at the same time. “Sons of Anarchy” is a relatively bleak show and could use a little more levity and black humor, but I find myself enjoying enough of the performances and interested enough in the world and the subject matter to keep coming back, even though the plotlines themselves don’t do a whole lot for me.

I’m not sure if that’s the kind of thing that will keep me coming back in the long term, but I guess we’ll find out, as FX has picked the show up for a second season, the news of which is what inspired this quick write-up. So if you’re curious, but hate checking out new shows only to have them quickly yanked away, you can safely try the show knowing that it’ll be around for at least a little while. And while there has been some obvious background laid down, I don’t think it’d be too hard to jump right in if you don’t feel like waiting for FX to rerun the series from the begging.

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Industry | October 7, 2008 |

Seth is a Senior Editor and sometime critic. You may email him here or follow him on Twitter.

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