Sons of Anarchy: The Shield cast as Outlaw Bikers? Not quite…

Goddamn. I recently finished the longest TV binge in my 27 years of life. And it was glorious. I don’t watch much TV aside from my rekindled love affair with X-men the animated series, which you can read about in a previous posting. But X-men aside, the two television series which I’ve held in the highest accord were Lost and the Shield. Well, we all know what happened with Lost. And if you don’t, then consider yourself lucky. Sorry Agamemnon but the Island demanded a sacrifice. So that leaves us with the Shield, an absolute masterpiece of fiction. My love for The Shield was what initially piqued my interest in Sons of Anarchy. There are obvious parallels to be made as both series feature antiheroes, whether they are dirty cops or outlaw bikers. They’ve both committed atrocious acts but, at least for the most part, they do so with a code of honor and a certain charm where you can’t help but root for them. The character archetypes overall lap as well.  Clay Morrow bears a strong resemblance to Vic Mackey, both head strong leaders with an outrageous temper, often witty, and even sympathetic, up to a point. Then there are their right hand men, “Tig” and Shane Vendrell. Both are a more twisted version of their leader, both are sexual deviants and both at the beginning of the series are the only men who knew the dirty secret that would tear the rest of the group apart. Then there’s Jax who’s paralleled by Lem, no not just because they’re both blonde. But they’re the moral compass of the group. But just as Jax’s character transforms into something more, so do the Sons of Anarchy. The tension in Sons of Anarchy reaches a boiling point in a similar fashion to the Shield but much earlier in the series. Both of the right hand men, Tig and Shane, act on a fear that one of their members will betray them. In the Shield, Shane murders Lem, acting alone, behind Mackey’s back, where as in Sons of Anarchy, Clay and Tig conspire to kill to Opie and accidently kill Donna instead. In my opinion this is where the Sons of Anarchy takes a significant departure from the Shield. That said that wasn’t the point where I really fell for this show.


Once I found out that same person who wrote, produced and directed episodes of the Shield was doing the same for the Sons of Anarchy, the fan boy in me hoped for some sort of crossover.  Maybe Vic Mackey, who now works for ICE, would get assigned a case in Charming. It’s farfetched but not impossible. So when I saw Dutch early in season one you can imagine my surprise and the subsequent disappointment when it was relieved that he wasn’t Dutch at all but ATF Agent John Kohn. What a waste I thought; that was a perfect opportunity for a crossover. In hindsight I realized that those Sons of Anarchy writers really did know what they were doing. As Agent Kohn’s story turned out to be what sold me on the series. I don’t know if it was simply seeing the meek, yet brilliant “Dutch” transformed into an obsessive, stalker with a completely delusional and twisted view of his relationship with Tara or if it was the entire sequence of events altogether. Whatever it was, I was hooked from that moment on. Seeing Jax and Tara “make love” completely undeterred by Agent Kohn’s bloody body slumped over on the floor barely five feet from them;  that moment was powerful to say the least and a bit disturbing to be more candid. While Vic Mackey was the main driving force behind the Shield’s appeal for me, the characters in Sons of Anarchy are that much richer and for that matter that much more fucked up. I haven’t even mention Gemma or Agent Stahl who both could easily have a series of their own. I burned through Seasons one and two on Netflix in two days only to find out that Season 3 was not available. So in order to allow you to feel the disappointment that I feel, I’m not even going to complete this blog. Instead, I’m going to leave you hanging…You can thank Netflix…
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