Sons of Anarchy
A Mother’s Work

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Sobell: B- | 160 USERS: B
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We open in the Charming graveyard on a tight shot of a bas-relief carving of the blessed mother atop a tombstone. The camera tracks to Donna Winston's grave and then we see Jax, sitting against Opie's headstone and writing the following:

"There are lessons to be found here, but mostly I do this so you can know me. Lately, as I write these, I realize they are as much for me as they are for you. This is the one place I can be completely open. The pen and paper has no judgment, no vote. It simply receives my truth and allows me to turn the page –"

I'm sorry. I have to interject here. Is it just me or does this seem less like Jax writing to his sons and more like Kurt Sutter writing to the audience? In a way, this is almost like Prospero's final soliloquy in The Tempest, which concludes, " As you from crimes would pardoned be/ Let your indulgence set me free." ANYWAY. We're an entire episode plus a season away from the series wrap-up, so let's resume Jax's monologue and see if there are any other allusions:

"Today, this is my truth. I am terrified a great deal of the time: afraid of what I've done, of what I'm doing and of what I might have to do. It's not a crippling fear. In fact, it's just the opposite. I thrive on it. I crave it. I need that rush of terror to get me out of bed in the morning. It's in my DNA. I have tremendous remorse for the acts of violence I've committed, both planned and spontaneous. But I think what brings me the most sorrow is that I've learned to justify this behavior. I always find a reason, a cause, a need that allows me the karmic lubrication to stuff my guilt into its savage compartment. I've become the thing… the one I hated. And with that awareness comes periods of days, sometimes weeks, when I have to avoid looking into a mirror. My self-hate is so deep, so palpable, I fear I'll lunge at my own image, shatter the glass and cut myself with shards of broken reflection --"

I'm sorry, I have to interject again: "Cut myself with shards of broken reflection?" Really? I sincerely hope that whatever extra material is released with this season's DVD, "Jackson Teller's literary selections and what they mean to him" is included as a short film. Because I'd love to see how the people who write this guy -- who barely squeaked through the GED, remember, and whose days are simply crammed with biking through the San Joaquin, Alameda and Amador counties -- can justify Jax's ear for florid language. OKAY. Let's see if we can finish this "Tell, don't show" look into the wine-dark heart of Jax Teller:

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