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Banished – Sons of Anarchy

I was planning to reserve judgement on this one until watching the second episode, but I could only manage to get through half of episode two before hitting the delete button.  I realized that the biggest problem with this show is the creators didn’t bother to give the viewer any compelling reasons to root for the bad boys who are supposed to be the protagonists.  About twenty minutes into the episode two, it occurred to me that all I had seen was that these bikers were a bunch of racists who run guns.  Note to FX – your own network has several examples of how to make viewers love characters who are assholes.  See Nip/Tuck, Rescue Me, and It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia for more information.

By the way, I’ve decided to stick with the regal theme and ‘banish’ the shows that I no longer plan to watch.  Not to be confused with cancelled shows, to which I’ll add the ‘RIP’ moniker.


September 29, 2008 Posted by | Banished, Drama, New Series, Television | , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Sons of Anarchy Episode 1: Pilot

According to the FX website, their new show Sons of Anarchy is “an adrenalized drama with darkly comedic undertones about a notorious outlaw motorcycle club intent on protecting their sheltered small town against encroaching drug dealers, corporate developers and overzealous law officers.”

I’m withholding final judgement until I watch at least one more episode, but so far it’s just, well, boring.  As a lover of FX original programming like Rescue Me and Nip/Tuck, I can definitely say that so far this one pales in comparison.

September 9, 2008 Posted by | Drama, New Series, Premiere, Television | , , , , , | 1 Comment