8 December 2012 4:11 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

I went into this season of Sons of Anarchy with a fair amount of fatigue. The show was coming off of a fantastic fourth season that ended on such a sour note it nearly ruined everything that had preceded it. There was a sense that the show was more concerned with protecting the franchise than it was with telling a good story, and despite all of the narrative progression the show had offered, season four ended pretty much exactly where it had begun. Season five, at least initially, felt as if it was suffering from the same problem. Things were happening, but there wasn’t any real sense of urgency, and no indication whatsoever that anything occurring within those initial episodes would have any long-term influence on the show’s overarching narrative. All of the vital elements to a great drama – consequence, progression, transformation – were completely absent. »

- Cole Zercoe

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