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Sons of Anarchy: The Sopranos on Motorcycles

Complete Score: 25 / 42 = 59.5%

After coming back from a nice little bicycle ride, I finally had a few hours where I could lay back and watch some motorized cycles wrecking havoc on small town California. The hype behind Sons of Anarchy has been great and I’ve been hearing over and over again how it’s The Sopranos but on motorcycles. Well, I never quite got into The Sopranos but a show revolving around motorcycles in California instantly seems more exciting to me than some mobster family living in suburban New Jersey.

Value

I watched the pilot of Sons of Anarchy via hulu, so I watched it relatively for free (minus the cost of my internet connection and the few commercials I endured). In either case, I certainly paid less than if I’d watched it on FX so keep that fact in mind. The show was just good enough to keep me entertained for an hour, but not good enough to draw me in enough to anticipate the next episode. After three episodes, I’m by no means attached to the characters nor the storyline, but it’s a decent way to kill some time. By no means would I pick up cable just to watch this show though.

Score: 3 / 5

One man fights California traffic
One man fights California traffic

Quality

The show is on FX so it’s not going to feature blockbuster special effects, but at the same time FX has produced several not upper echelon but entertaining shows so expectations were relatively high. The folks behind the show do not disappoint, as the explosions and gun play look and sound authentic and the Sons of Anarchy crew looks, talks, and feels like a motorcycle gang. For the most part the acting and action is believable. It’s not Emmy caliber but it’s entertaining.

Score: 3 / 5

Innovation

It’s not really breaking much new ground here, but there is enough new twists and turns to make this show more than just The Sopranos on wheels. For one, it seems the Sons of Anarchy gang was never really quite intended to be a gang, but rather just a group of motorcycle enthusiasts. They apparently just sort of fell into this whole major crime operation. In either case you’re not turning into this show to learn or discover but rather to see stuff blow up and people get roughed up or shot. To that end it does not disappoint.

Score: 2 / 5

Corrupt cops and criminals, together at last
Corrupt cops and criminals, together at last

Social Benefit

Well, it’s certainly not an educational show. The show gets one point for being released on Hulu pretty soon after its television premiere, thus letting those of us without the glamor of cable still watch and enjoy the show. Also, being on hulu is good for consumers and studios. Hopefully the trend of skipping TV and going straight to streaming internet feeds continues. The show is also realistic enough that it might deter people from this lifestyle. There’s people overdosing on meth, premature babies, burned bodies, and corrupt cops, in addition to the fast motorcycles and big explosions.

It’s tough to give out any more points to a TV show featuring a gang of outlaws, even though it seems the main character wants to reform them into law abiding businessmen. In the end, it’s just a TV show.

Score: 2 / 5

Freestyle!

It’s a cool show. The logo looks very slick. The name makes me think more revolutionary than motorcycle gang, but it’s still a cool name. Overall, if you’re trying to find something to fill in for The Sopranos or just see some action and motorcycles, you should enjoy Sons of Anarchy.

Score: 15 / 22

Son of Anarchy airs on FX and is also available at hulu.

Complete Score: 25 / 42 = 59.5%