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"Sons of Anarchy" Sovereign (2012)

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Original Air Date:
11 September 2012 (Season 5, Episode 1)
Jax presides over SAMCRO as a series of events begin to unravel Charming. See more » | Full synopsis »
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 (Episode Cast) (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Episode Crew
Directed by
Paris Barclay 
Writing credits
Kurt Sutter (created by)

Kurt Sutter (written by)

Produced by
Paris Barclay .... executive producer
Chris Collins .... co-executive producer
Regina Corrado .... supervising producer
Mike Daniels .... producer
Derek E. Johansen .... co-producer (as Derek Johansen)
Art Linson .... executive producer
John Linson .... executive producer
Kem Nunn .... supervising producer
Jon Paré .... producer
Liz Sagal .... producer
Kurt Sutter .... executive producer
Grace Whitehouse .... associate producer
Craig Yahata .... co-producer
Original Music by
Bob Thiele Jr.  (as Bob Thiele)
Cinematography by
Paul Maibaum (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Paul Fontaine 
Casting by
Wendy O'Brien  (as Wendy O'Brien-Cabrera)
Production Design by
Anthony Medina 
Set Decoration by
Christopher Marsteller  (as Chris Marsteller)
Costume Design by
Kelli Jones 
Makeup Department
Tracey Anderson .... department head makeup
Teressa Hill .... department head hair
David Abbott .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Tyler Ely .... key hair stylist (uncredited)
Michelle Garbin .... key makeup artist (uncredited)
Lee Gren .... graphic designer specialty tattoos: Tinsley Studio (uncredited)
Pam Lljubo .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Vivian Maxwell .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Sabine Roller .... makeup artist: Katey Sagal (uncredited)
Production Management
Derek E. Johansen .... unit production manager (as Derek Johansen)
Judd Rea .... production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Diane Calhoun .... second assistant director
Milos Milicevic .... first assistant director
James Epstein .... second second assistant director (uncredited)
Ivan Kraljevic .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Eric Norris .... second unit director (uncredited)
Gina Triola .... dga trainee (uncredited)
Lisa Zugschwerdt .... second second assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Star Fields .... construction coordinator
Bryan Rodgers .... property master
Mark Sylbert .... assistant art director
Gene Bowen .... general foreman: construction (uncredited)
Tim Burriss .... on-set dresser (uncredited)
Trevor Larkin .... set dresser (uncredited)
Thomas Moffitt .... paint foreman/sign writer (uncredited)
Cathy Zukimoto .... construction assistant (uncredited)
Sound Department
Josh Bower .... boom operator
Erich Gann .... supervising sound editor
Brett Grant-Grierson .... production sound mixer
Brian Harman .... sound re-recording mixer
Sherry Klein .... sound re-recording mixer
Tanya Peel .... utility sound
Tim Chilton .... foley artist (uncredited)
Bob Costanza .... sound effects editor (uncredited)
Michael Kalifa .... sound recordist (uncredited)
David Torres .... foley mixer (uncredited)
Justin Scott Wilson .... music & effects sound mixer (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Gary D'Amico .... special effects supervisor
Visual Effects by
David Carriker .... visual effects supervisor (uncredited)
Eric Norris .... stunt coordinator
Tammie Baird .... stunt double: Katey Sagal (uncredited)
Eddie Braun .... stunts (uncredited)
Tanner Gill .... stunts (uncredited)
Allan Graf .... stunts (uncredited)
Jason Gray .... utility stunts (uncredited)
Toby Holguin .... stunt double: Mark Boone Jr (uncredited)
Gary Hymes .... stunt performer (uncredited)
Terrence Julien .... stunt performer (uncredited)
Tom McComas .... stunt double: Charlie Hunnam (uncredited)
Monte Rex Perlin .... stunts (uncredited)
Kara Petersen .... stunt double: Rachel Miner (uncredited)
LaDell Preston .... stunt double (uncredited)
Víctor Quintero .... stunts (uncredited)
Kevin Reid .... stunt double: Charlie Hunnam (uncredited)
Bobby Waldron .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Anthony Anderson .... chief lighting technician
Mike Cahoon .... b camera second assistant
Blake Collins .... digital loader
Spencer Combs .... a camera operator
Jeff Pelton .... a camera first assistant
Ron Peterson .... b camera first assistant
James Reid .... b camera operator
Bobby Thomas .... key grip
Roger Wall .... a camera second assistant
Prashant Gupta .... still photographer (uncredited)
Frank Orozco .... best boy grip (uncredited)
Casting Department
Chris Gehrt .... casting associate
Elana Staehli .... extras casting (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Philip Hayman .... costume supervisor
Joe Diaz .... on-set costumer (uncredited)
Renee Raphael .... key costumer (uncredited)
Alison Uhlfelder .... costume production assistant (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Kristy Reed .... post-production coordinator
Rosanne Tan .... assistant editor
Devin Barker .... dailies operator (uncredited)
Location Management
Dan Cooley .... location manager
Eric Fierstein .... location manager
Music Department
Dave Kushner .... composer: main title song
Michelle Kuznetsky .... music supervisor (as Michelle Silverman)
Curtis Stigers .... composer: main title song
Charles Sydnor .... music editor
Bob Thiele Jr. .... composer: main title song (as Bob Thiele)
Bob Thiele Jr. .... music supervisor (as Bob Thiele)
Steve Hopkins .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Steve Hopkins .... producer: additional music (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Chris Gorden .... picture bike captain
Chris Gorden .... picture car captain
Joey Soriano .... transportation coordinator
Gale Webster .... transportation captain
Ronald Augustus .... driver generator operator (uncredited)
Ronald Augustus .... production van driver operator (uncredited)
Other crew
John Barcheski .... writer's assistant
Gena Bravos .... script supervisor
Katie Curtright .... assistant: Kurt Sutter
Ahmet Elez .... assistant: Jon Paré
Jono Matt .... assistant: Paris Barclay
Donna Nitti .... production coordinator
Roberto Patino .... staff writer
Gladys Rodriguez .... script coordinator
Christi Sotomayor .... assistant production coordinator
Brian C. Bennett .... executive assistant: Linsons (uncredited)
Tyler Dinucci .... production assistant (uncredited)
Alex Eldridge .... production assistant (uncredited)
Evan Jaroslow .... production assistant (uncredited)
Dave Kasubowski .... key craft service (uncredited)
Robert Leader .... set production assistant (uncredited)
Matt McKinnon .... set production assistant (uncredited)
R. Ben Parker .... set production assistant (uncredited)
Mallory Squeo .... set production assistant (uncredited)
Joe Zimmerman .... stand-in: Mr. Smits (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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58 min
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Did You Know?

Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): When Nero looks at the card Gemma handed him, the name written in cursive reads "Genna."See more »
Jackson 'Jax' Teller::Maybe that's the lesson for me today, to hold onto these simple moments - appreciate them a little more, there's not many of them left. I don't ever want that for you, finding things that make you happy shouldn't be so hard. I know you'll face pain, suffering...See more »
Movie Connections:
References Spider-Man (2002)See more »
Higher Ground (from Sons of Anarchy)See more »


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5 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
Sons of Anarchy Sovereign, 12 September 2012
Author: dalydj-918-255175 from Ireland

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

The premiere starts with a very bad voice-over by Jax talking about life with shots of Tara in a bath, Gemma having a sex and more things which leads to the gang back on the road. The gang gets into a shoot out which involves a burning van. Gemma wakes up from the night and finds out she slept with Nero Padilla (Jimmy Smits) with a gun to him, she has gone to rock bottom sleeping with this pimp and being called a crack head MILF. Gemma then goes to visit Nero at his workplace and it seems like the chemistry is right there with them. Jax seems to fitting in well to the role as leader but as Opie says he could become Clay anytime soon. Gemma and Clay had a good scene with Gemma finally being able to let go of him who has been horrible to her for years. Jax in that short scene showed me sign's of Clay as he treats the feds not to get rid of him. Bobby in back and Juice is still working for the police who are really very bad at finding out anything. Clay has to carry a tank around with him because of what has happened to him and it sort of makes the fact he lived bearable. Finally clay admits to the sons about killing Opie's father and it seems the club are shocked. Gemma once again comes with problems this time about her grand children with yet another look of disgust from Gemma towards Clay, then she gets a call from Nero making the thought of a romance between the two possible. I guess with this person shot it's another good thing for the sons who have had a lot of bad things happen to them lately. I think Ron Perlman could be doing some of his best work on the show as he seems to be doing his natural work better then ever. When Tig is taken to see his daughter get burnt to death it was horrible to see someone loose a child like that. With the police putting out these arrest warrants it can only bed a bad thing for the Sons and now with Tig's dead daughter he can be nothing but super angry, hopefully his other daughter can stay alive. With Jaz on the run Tara is going to be one unhappy woman especially with Gemma down her back about her children. This was a nice return for me with Sagal and Smits being the standouts in limited screen time with Hunnam and Perlman also good.


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