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Wolfie Gilmore
27-11-09, 08:50 AM
Anyone watching this? Litzie got me into it and it's a very exciting ride. And I think I have a new TV boyfriend - the main character, Jax. Though Litzie has first dibs. :D

It reminds me a little of the Sopranos (criminal subculture + family relationships), a little of the Wire (the slang that goes unexplained but that you work out gradually)... and then has a flavour all of its own. It's funny, oddly moving, and really makes you think - what's right, what's wrong...

and oooh look how hot Jax is .

So, anyone watching? I'm on season 1 btw, so can you spoiler anything beyond about halfway through s1? Much appreciated. :hug:

Jenni Lou
27-11-09, 10:09 AM
I've only seen bits and pieces of season two but it's quite compelling. Everyone freakin' raves about this show. I never hear anything bad about it. I want to start from the beginning but the DVDs are like never on sale. And I won't pay full price!!

I quite love Gemma myself. Katey Sagal is so amazing in that role.

Wolfie Gilmore
27-11-09, 11:31 AM
I've only seen bits and pieces of season two but it's quite compelling. Everyone freakin' raves about this show. I never hear anything bad about it. I want to start from the beginning but the DVDs are like never on sale. And I won't pay full price!!

I quite love Gemma myself. Katey Sagal is so amazing in that role.

Ooh yes, she's the best heroic villain/villainous hero on TV right now. The steely power behind those eyes... and yet, she's made fully human and even empathisable sometimes. Though, empathy from my nastiest side ;)

Cinderela
15-12-09, 08:23 PM
I've only seen bits and pieces of season two but it's quite compelling. Everyone freakin' raves about this show. I never hear anything bad about it. I want to start from the beginning but the DVDs are like never on sale. And I won't pay full price!!

I quite love Gemma myself. Katey Sagal is so amazing in that role.

This show has caught my eye, also! The promos seem amazing (seen and compared to the oh-so-crappy season of Nip/Tuck)! Like you, Jenni, I've never heard anything bad about it - and I've also had the same problem - I can't find the DVD's on sale! (I've seen Buffy/Angel as low as $12.99/season!) It's on my "get the DVD for summer viewing" list!

Wolfie Gilmore
15-12-09, 11:49 PM
I've got it on itunes...where you can pretend it's cheap cos you're paying per episode ;) Hope it goes on sale soon so you guys can get caught up. I just finished season 2 and...woah. That was quite an ending. Evil evil cliffhanger, but an amazing finale.

Cori
31-01-10, 10:55 PM
I have only recently started watching this show (thanks to litzie's praising of the show!) and I got through the 2 seasons pretty fast. :D I have enjoyed the show from the start but it wasn't until episode 1.08 that I got really hooked. Episodes 1.08 - 1.13 were just a fantastic ride, so well written and acted.

My favourite characters are Jax (and not only because he is drop dead gorgeous! :drool: He is just exactly my kind of character, tough on the outside but with a good heart and vulnerability underneath! I love how he is with his son for instance and how very often he is the only one who suggests a reasonable solution to a problem, a solution that doesn't always include violence.) and Gemma (a very grey area character! On the one hand, she can be so deliciously evil but on the other hand I love that she is so protective of her family).

I have just watched the season 2 finale and I was blown away. :thud: Season 2 was a bit of an uneven experience for me. I hated what happened to Gemma, seeing this proud and strong woman so humilated was nearly unbearable for me to watch. I also hated that she kept the rape a secret for so long, even if I understood her reasons. I was so glad when she finally told Jax and Clay the truth in ep 2.10. On the other hand, seeing how she dealt with being raped, that was some incredibly strong writing. I loved that she bonded with Tara and Unser, how she started discovering her faith, how she become a much more compassionate person. Her character development in season 2 was really excellent and Katey Sagal plays Gemma so well, she absolutely rocks! :heart: Too bad Gemma went back to her old self in the finale but I guess she couldn't help herself. :( I wonder what that means for season 3, if she will stay on the lam and be apart from her family or if she will get caught after all and go to jail. Things look very grim for the Teller-Morrow family right now. :sadwalk:

Another storyline that kinda frustrated me in season 2 was Opie's. How he threw himself into the club after Donna's death, how he practically worshipped Clay and got estranged from Jax, I found that very frustrating. I don't know how many times I yelled at the screen "don't trust and obey Clay, he had your wife killed". :rolleyes: I'm so glad that Tig finally couldn't take it anymore and had to come clean to Opie in 2.11 and Opie finally learned the truth about everything. I also loved that Jax gave Opie his father's book to read. So I was happy how this storyline got resolved (even if I wouldn't have been so forgiving if I was in Opie's position), but the road it took to get there was not my favourite thing in season 2.

I really enjoyed Tara's character development in season 2 though. How she and Jax grew closer and closer, how she became a stepmother to Abel, how she asserted her position as Jax's old lady (for example I loved that look she threw the pornstar while getting it on with Jax at the end of episode 2.03, that was so awesome! :D ) and even, with a little guidance from Gemma, how she used her position and the MC to threaten that administrator at the hospital. Yes I'm aware that was not really the right thing to do but in the grand scheme of things Tara is a doctor and as such can do much more good than that administrator could so I understand where Tara was coming from. Plus Gemma and the club in general rubbing off on Tara was bound to happen. ;)

So does anyone know when season 3 will start? Because that cliffhanger at the end nearly killed me. Poor poor Abel! :( He must have been so scared. And poor Jax, he totally broke my heart when he broke down crying in Clay's arms. :cutecry: I'm trying to hope for the best, that Jax will get his son back soon (and unharmed) but as I said above things really look very grim right now. Man, this show sure likes its angst! Luckily, so do I. I can't wait to see what happens in season 3!

Jack
29-03-10, 08:50 PM
I've finally caught up with this show, then I went on holiday for a week so have been unable to post as to my likes and dislikes on the show.

As for season 2 finale call me an idealist, I can't see a mainstream TV show showing the killing of a child, a small baby at that. I think you might get away with it in britain but from what I watch of american shows its much more of a no-go. I may well be wrong however.

Tara is one of my favourite characters with her storyline of how she has been seduced into the power that teller-morrow gets hers as Jax's old lady. How she has become so much more like Gemma and she uses her position against the administrator. Although I am beginning to wonder if this wasnt part of her plan all along, although I seriously doubt it. That would be some sort of horrendous eastenders-esque twist.

Its also good to see the IRA shown for what they are. The original terrorist thugs, ok they keep their own streets safe, (mainly by crippling those who resist) but they so death and destruction to other people, those which have done nothing to hurt them. To often are they glorified as misunderstood freedom fighters especially in "foreign" literature. To me they are worse than or at least equivalent to the 9/11 bombers.

Its also good to see the IRA shown for what they are. The original terrorist thugs, ok they keep their own streets safe, (mainly by crippling those who resist) but they so death and destruction to other people, those which have done nothing to hurt them. To often are they glorified as misunderstood freedom fighters especially in "foreign" literature. To me they are worse than or at least equivalent to the 9/11 bombers.

litzie
30-03-10, 09:35 AM
I think Tara's is one of the most interesting journeys of the second season

I love her whole gradual embrace of the MC Old Lady lifestyle, the perks and the parts she doesn't like, and especially her life with Jax and Abel. And then, she sees the payoff of that violence that she first looked the other way from, then accepted, and finally embraced and used herself. I think her breakdown at the end of the finale was not just about Abel but about the realization that she'd been party to a situation that led to her tied up in a chair, witnessing a murder, and Abel kidnapped.

Nikki
02-05-10, 12:56 PM
Wow I started this show on Wednesday.. and finished season 2 last night! Mike and I are completely in love with it! :heart:

I love all the characters especially Jax, Tara and Gemma. I loved to hate Gemma in season 1 but her changes in season 2 were so beautiful, so well written and acted :heart:

God that was one big horrible cliffhanger.. how am I going to live until September especially after watching like 6 episodes a day!!

It took me about 5 episodes to really get into the show, and I still struggle with a lot of the language but it's worth sticking with. The family bond between them all is really interesting, especially with Jax on the fence after the birth of his son. I love his dad's book, the quotes from that really hit home and are so powerful against what's actually going on. Great show, really can't wait for the next season :heart: