Here is a first. I’m going to talk about a TV show. I usually don’t blog about television, but dang, after seeing this weeks episode of SOA, there are some thoughts I must convey.
I’ve been watching Sons of Anarchy since Season 1. I began because my husband made me. But by Season 2, I was hooked. I almost swore it off when Opie whispered, “I got this.” And absolutely swore it off after seeing the final episode of Season 6, A Mothers Love. (Why Kurt Sutter? WHY?!)
***Be advised: If you’re not up-to-date on Sons, this may contain spoilers***
But then I had a few months to take in all that had happened and decided, if Jax was ever going to get out, surely losing his wife would send him packing. But no. He went the opposite direction, diving headlong into the depths of depravity without the moral compass that Tara provided for him.
Then last week happened. It shocked me. Hello! The opening montage was nothing but a series of sex scenes. But after watching the episode in entirety, I get why.
Looking back, I see how they’d been building up to this scene all season. Priming us. Preparing us viewers for the strangest, and most refreshing scene I have ever watched unfold on television.
If you watched the show, you know which scene I’m talking about.
Setting aside the “unorthodox” nature of the characters, the clash between the two worlds, it a flipping fantastic scene. Possibly one of the best in television history. And it’s not because of the “outside the box” or “crisscrosses” that Venus mentions. Or maybe it is. But I really don’t care. All I really know is that Kurt Sutter let me get to to know these two characters. He gave me background on Venus, helped me sympathize with her struggles. And we saw Tig’s fascination with her for several weeks. We saw the boys in the Club get a kick out of it.
So when it came time for the characters to open up, we were ready. And that is some stellar writing. So thank you, Kurt Sutter, for opening our minds before we even realized they were shut. For helping us get over our preconceived notions. Your show may exhibit WAY more man-ass and overt violence than I’m comfortable with, and even though I have to watch with one hand up, ready to cover my eyes at any given moment, I could not look away from this beautifully sculpted scene. And I didn’t want to, because it was wonderfully written, acted, and directed. So, thank you.
Below is the moment I’m referring to. It takes place in season 7, episode 10, between Tig, on of the Sons, and Venus, a wonderful, kind-hearted character who happens to be transgender. There’s a a short commentary by the actors ans then the scene itself.
As this scene unfolded, I kept thinking, ‘what wonderful acting! What a brilliant script! What a powerful moment!’ And I’m not the only one…
**UPDATED: Producer Paris Barclay, talks to Entertainment Weekly about filming the scene.** Click the link for an insiders perspective!
If you missed the episode, you can catch it On Demand, or here. It’s a Must See.