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"Sons of Anarchy" Pilot (2008)

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the best pilot in a long time!

9/10
Author: barcalonarules2 from United Kingdom
29 March 2011

This single episode sums up the entire show, gang wars, bike journeys and brawls. Truly one of the greatest shows of all time. The acting in this program is phenomenal. I wasn't expecting much from Katey Segal if i'm honest, because after her comedy roll in 8 SIMPLE RULES, i didn't think she could have pulled of the whole drama thing, but i was pleasantly surprised with a hard-hitting, Golden Globe winning performance. Charlie Hunnam plays the vice president of a biker gang, a part which was brilliantly written. My Favourite character, CHIBS, played by Tommy Flanagan, is a hilarious part well casted. Not forgetting Ron Pearlman's worryingly convincing roll as the gangs president. So a good opening for a good show ;)

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A pilot that will intrigue you to the edge!

9/10
Author: John Smith from United Kingdom
6 May 2013

I really liked the pilot of SOA. The show was suggested to me by a friend so i thought that i would take a look at the first episode. I was very impressed! Within the first 10 minutes of the show you see the introduction of the main characters, a bit of comedy and an epic explosion. I was hooked immediately! Then, of course, throughout the rest of the show you get to meet the rest of the characters and learn their place in the show and their back stories which made me get a hunger for more of them. My favourite scene is the ending scene. It shows you the the darker side to the sons that you have come to expect and would love to see more of. I would recommend this show to anyone who enjoys action, comedy, drama , a touch of dark comedy and to anyone who enjoys Harley bikes!

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Grim, Hard-Hitting Drama about Gun Running Motorcycle Gangs

10/10
Author: zardoz-13 from United States
16 September 2012

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The pilot episode to the FX series "Sons of Anarchy" was superb. This television series concerns a Northern California motorcycle gang named 'Sons of Anarchy' based out of Charming that deal in contraband weapons. Since this is not a prime time drama on the major networks, the heroes emerge as a rough and tough bunch of lads who have no qualms about killing and maiming anybody they don't like. Executive producers Art and John Linson certainly don't pull any punches in this crime series. The opening episode finds an opposing motorcycle gang called 'The Mayans' stealing a cache of automatic weapons from the Sons of Anarchy. The Sons are nowhere around when the Mayan heist their guns and then blast the place. Not long afterward the Sons go into action. SOA vice president Jackson "Jax" Teller is the protagonist and he is backed up by Clarence "Clay" Morrow (Ron Pearlman of "The Magnificent Seven") in a gang that doesn't back down from anything. The dudes do their home work and deduce where the Mexican gang has stashed their guns. Jax and Clay cut their way into a warehouse were the Mexicans have hidden the guns. They recover their firearms and set the premises up to blow. Although he takes a couple of slugs during the theft, Jax is wearing a bulletproof vest so he survives the ordeal. Jax's companions finish off the Mexicans and leave. One of the deceased Hispanics has a stick of dynamite shoved in his anus before the storage facility blows sky high. Co-directors Allen Coulter and Michael Dinner do a splendid job of depicting the raw edge of life that these desperadoes live on as motorcycle clubbers. A subplot involving Jax's crank addicted ex-wife Wendy Teller (Drea de Matteo) is pregnant with Jax's son when Gemma Teller Morrow (Katey Sagal) finds her passed out unconscious on the floor of Jax's house with blood everywhere. The doctors perform a C-section on Wendy and save the baby. The only problem is that the infant arrives with half of a stomach and a hole in his tiny heart. Miraculously, the surgeons save the child's life, but Wendy doesn't fare as well off as her son. Gemma visits her with a Bible containing a syringe with narcotics and convinces her to commit suicide. Indeed, this pilot episode establishes what needs to be told without the usual that blather occurs in a prime time series.

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Not a bad pilot episode!

Author: mm-39 from Winnipeg
12 September 2011

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Not a bad pilot episode! Pilot episodes usually have awkward character development and choppy story development. Many television series take a few episodes to develop a rhythm and then the show hits its stride. Son's of Anarchy pilot runs smoothly. One develops a rapport with the characters and finds the storyline stimulating. Sons of Anarchy is biker version of of tho Sopranos. There is the personal lives of the characters and the illegal business side of the characters. Sons of Anarchy is different form the Sopranos because the show is in a Western rural setting and the criminal interests are different. If you like the Sopranos you will probably like Sons of Anarchy. The two shows are different enough that one is not watching the same old same old. I give the pilot episode an eight out of ten.

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