Sons of Anarchy Season 6 “Los Fantasmas” Review – Grandma is dead| October 29, 2013 at 11:46 PM EST
It was hardly a surprise to find myself watching a Sons of Anarchy Season 6 episode with a title that means “Ghosts.” The characters on this show are most definitely each haunted by “Los Fantasmas.”
In fact I believe they are just following them around in a crew that looks not unlike this group in the picture above. The ghosts of friends and foes loudly haunting SAMCRO and those they love from atop a Harley.
Inside is a look at what was haunting everyone this week.
There isn’t a single character on Sons of Anarchy that hasn’t left their moral compass spinning at least once. Most have spun that sucker so hard the magnetic arrow no longer knows how to point north, if the arrow even exists any more at all. We can make all the statements we want about the good hearts and best intentions. While they may be true, it’s hard to look past all the murders and lies and manipulations. Who left among those in Charming is good? Here’s a case for a few.
The titular ghosts haunting Nero (Jimmy Smits) seem to have him in a constant choke hold. This week they squeezed so tight, that his inner martyr came out when the DA (CCH Pounder) tried to get him to turn on SAMCRO. Instead of turning against Jax and the crew, he said that he was the one who provided the gun to the kid who shot up the school. In the end, he is set free and the charges against him in Erin’s murder are dropped. While he may be a good man, he still did kill his cousin like a week ago, so…
I have always been a fan of Sheriff Roosevelt (Rockmund Dunbar). There is something endearing about the man who refuses to be corrupted by the club, but also refuses to be vindictive towards them. No matter how many strings are being pulled around him, he tends to see things as guilty/not guilty, as he pointed out to the DA. Also he’s funny…
Roosevelt: Black, with a lot of sugar.
Roosevelt: The coffee.
HA! Of all the characters he may be haunted the least, but he also manages to be one of the best. I only hope that he can continue to maintain that path. SAMCRO is certainly going to need him.
Oh man, Unser (Dayton Wayne Callies) was my MVP of this episode. What happened last week with Gemma (Katey Segal) and Tara (Maggie Siff) was going to have so many repercussions, and we knew that. But the best was that Unser gave both women the talking to they needed to hear. If either will heed his wisdom is unclear, but it was nice to hear a lot of my feelings about what Tara did last week verbalized by such a wise and generally good character.
To Tara he said: “I’m not upset about Gemma, doll. I’m upset about you. It breaks my heart that you had to become something so wrong to do what you thought was right.” That sums it up perfectly. It’s not that what Tara wanted was wrong – Gemma is dangerous, as is the life. But Tara decided she needed to lose who she was in order to fix it and that is sad for herself, for the boys, for Jax.
To Gemma he pointed out that Tara was only doing exactly what Gemma would have done in the same situation and that from here there were two options…
Unser: Ya got a couple of roads in front of ya, sweetheart. One of them is real slow and probably very uncomfortable. But eventually leads back to those boys.
Gemma: And the other one?
Unser: It’s the road you’re already on.
Does Gemma listen? Not so much. She goes and threatens Wendy into jumping ship to her side and then doesn’t take away the heroin that Wendy asked her to take. But she didn’t, because she is Gemma so Wendy’s one moment of weakness of buying heroin turned into another moment of weakness by shooting up. Anyone else think Wendy is finally going to die on that needle?
Listen… I get that Bobby is an outlaw, but he also just wants everyone to be happy and legit and his merry band of brothers back together. The fallout from the school shooting is still going and this week leads to some pretty brutal deaths when the DA tries to use a headline to draw out the club. All she ends up doing is causing a dad of one of the slain students to kill a gang member by hit and run and then eventually kill himself. The scene where Jax stops Nero’s crew from killing him themselves was just beautifully sad. Especially his quiet, “I’m sorry” as he walks away from the passed out father.
Bobby also just wants to bring peace to Jax. And not just because he wants Jax happy with Tara – because he needs to be happy with Tara and his family in order to do his job. Bobby’s plea to Tara combined with Jax’s pleas to Tara to help him find his way back to her… talk about guilt for the already guilt ridden mother! Jax has pushed his mother away, telling her that as far as his kids are concerned she is dead, so what will he do when he finds out that Tara is out to remove him from their lives as well?
As we quickly head towards the end of the season, it’s hard to see where we can possibly end up. Who will survive? Will the crew be able to withstand the heat that comes from a school shooting? Should we as the audience want them to?
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