Sons of Anarchy Season 7 Episode 2: “Toil and Till”
Directed by Bill Geirhart
Written by Kurt Sutter, Charles Murray
Starring Charlie Hunnam, Katey Sagal, Tommy Flanagan, Kim Coates, Mark Boone Junior, Theo Rossi, Jimmy Smits, Dayton Callie, Drea De Mateo, Annabelle Gish, Kenneth Choi, and Billy Brown FX
Air Date: Tuesday, September 16, 2014, 10pm
Sons of Anarchy 7.2 ” Toil and Till” review coming up, but first a recap of Episode 1 and a look at antihero Opie Winston (Ryan Hurst).
Sons of Anarchy 7.1 “Black Widower” recap: Loyalties are blurred and anything can happen in an already “all bets are off” world. Jax (Charlie Hunnam) carves a swastika and removes some teeth to get an in-prison meeting with Ron Tully (Marilyn Manson) and make sure the club is good with the Aryans (they are-for now). Jax gets out of jail and does not want to see his kids the entire episode, while Wendy (Drea De Mateo) leaves rehab early, and all she wants to do is go care for those kids. She gets Jax to let her take care of boys (with Gemma’s help), but when she finds Juice (Theo Rossi) hiding out in her OCD apartment, she keeps his and Gemma’s (Katey Sagal) secret. But Unser (Dayton Callie) finds Juice or rather Juice ties up Unser. Gemma justifies her murderous actions to Juice and herself, and talks to Tara (Maggie Siff) in the dark. Nero (Jimmy Smits) is with the Mayans, but goes to “handle” Jax and make up with Gemma. Jax throws a party with an agenda and invites all the players. Gemma points out an innocent Chinese as the one she saw driving away from Tara’s murder that night. Jax and Sons have a little torture party that ends with a fork to the head — his revenge satisfied….for now. This season opener provided the requisite gore with some comic relief thrown in (see gang leader’s wheelchair attached to and dragged by Bobby’s bike). Gemma continues to have the biggest balls of them all, covering her tracks for the “good” of the club.
Opie Winston lived and died for his club. Unlike Jax, who wanted to get out at times for Tara and the kids, Opie made it clear that it was the only life he was suited for to the detriment of his wife, Donna (Sprague Grayden), and eventually himself. He never got over the love of his life, although he tried with Lyla (Winter Ave Zoli). Once revenge was exacted on Agent Stahl (Ally Walker) and almost completed on Clay (Ron Perlman) for killing his dad, Piney (William Lucking), he sacrificed himself with a smile on his face for BFF Jax and his beloved Club. His motivation was love and we loved him for it.
Sons of Anarchy 7.2 “Toil and Till” review: Juice has Unser all trussed up in the tub. Watch Juice in turmoil get increasingly desperate. There’s a new sheriff in town and she has her work cut out for her. Will Unser help? Wendy is acting more mommy and that’s exactly what Tara wanted. The level of violence increases (if you can believe that was even possible) and Jax has a kamikaze plan for Lin’s Triad that you know will unravel as planned chaos tends to do in Sons of Anarchy. Only in episode 2, the season feels like it should be on daily as the pace and the blood flows fast. While I understand the motivation of scream-at-the-heavens grief Jax is going through, his cold-hearted murdering remorseless streak is negating why I loved this character. He is calculating. He is death. And he is just like his father, Clay Morrow.