More thoughts, recaps, and analysis on FX’s “Sons Of Anarchy’s” episode “Sovereign.”
(For part one of this article, please click here.)
Tig confronts Clay, since he realizes Clay’s lying caused him to hit the wrong target. Before it gets resolved, Tig gets a call his daughter Dawn got picked up for DWI, and he can get her out of there if he goes to pick her up.
Clay: We good?
Tig: …I don’t know.
Tig goes to meet an Oakland cop, Detective Goodman, but he handcuffs Tig and takes him into the railyard where Pope shows up. Tig knows Pope’s daughter was Laroy’s girlfriend, the woman he killed.
Damon Pope: You know who I am, Mr. Trager.
Pope: And do you know what happens now?
Tig: You kill me.
Pope: That’d be too easy.
Pope’s men open the railyard container where Laroy’s body was, and Darnell’s is now in there too, along with Dawn. They pour gasoline on her as Dawn wakes up, and Tig screams.
Tig: I’m sorry…please. Please, not her. Kill me. Please, I beg you, please kill me…please.
Pope: You know my pain, Mr. Trager.
And Pope throws his lit cigar onto Dawn, burning her alive. Pope tells Tig he’s been identified in his daughter’s murder, and the detective will take him in. Tig should keep quiet about this, or the same will happen to his other daughter.
Unser calls Jax to warn him about the warrants, and they decide Jax needs to go into hiding rather than risk getting killed in jail.
Tig slips his chain, and strangles the cop with his handcuffs, then kills the other guy the cop brought to the scene.
The show ends with a music montage starting with Unser at Gemma’s house. Gemma takes Jax to hide out at Nero’s. Opie puts a “For Sale” sign on Piney’s bike. Pope celebrates the evening by buying ice cream for neighborhood kids. Tig sits in tears, and Clay drinks alone.
As the montage ends, we return to Unser, which makes it almost a certainty something bad is going to happen. And sure enough, a pack of home invaders break in and attack Unser house, and one of them is shown to have an artificial leg.
Some thoughts on “Sovereign.”
On first reaction, this episode felt like too much, too many emotional moments all jammed into ninety minutes. Watching all of it unfold, and then knowing in that montage that there was one more awful thing to happen…it just left you exhausted.
There wasn’t enough emotional buildup, and not enough time to let the shocks ripple. Five horrific deaths, four of them on camera, Unser’s beatdown, Clay’s confession, Tig’s torture and mental snapping, Clay’s helpless desperation, even Gemma’s sex-capade, all seemed rushed.
It was a very strong episode to start the fifth season, and it’s obvious Kurt Sutter wanted to turn the show in a certain direction. It just seemed like a lot to take in all in week one.
The character turns are interesting, with Jax, Tara, and Clay all seemingly headed down new roads. Tig’s new development has some potential. Does he go rogue? How much of a grudge will he bear on Clay, now that his daughter’s dead. And how far will he go to get Pope, especially now that Tig is a cop-killer?
It was a good, but deeply unsettling episode. Hopefully that’s just the first rush, and the show will get time to breathe next week.
Rating: Seven out of a possible ten Jimmy-Smits-orgies.
— Reid Kerr really hopes Opie’s out. Follow Reid on Twitter or subscribe to him on Facebook and yell at him.