Are you watching the Sons?
I have seen five seasons of Sons of Anarchy so far, but I still have rather ambivalent feelings towards the whole idea of portraying club life for a wider audience.
Who is watching it and why? Can’t be all bikers and guys wearing colours. I for a start am a woman and do not wear colours.
But it remains a rather odd choice of soap opera for ordinary people.
And why on earth do I like it?? Finding the true reason for my choice is surprisingly difficult.
For a start, it is not really about bikes at all. Do you ever see a model in detail or close up for a longer shot? No studies in customizing, So it can’t be the bikes then. Because I have strained a few neck muscles trying to catch a glimpse of a handle bar or a fork, a riser or a foot rest.
The actors? Do their faces draw me in? No.
I still think of the ugly monk in The name of the rose when I look at “Clay”. I still see Peggy Bundy from Married …. with children in “Gemma”.
And it does not look like the real thing to me either. In my world, bikers do not wear white trainers. They have dirty hands from working on the bike. And they do not drive around in cars around all day and they certainly do not kill a man a week for drugs, women or revenge. Kurt Sutter’s done a touch too much.
How can an outlaw drama series appeal to so many? I guess it is the touch of danger, action, the temptation of evil. Insight into a life very different from the nine to five with a semi and 1,4 children. It is more like watching a crime movie or a thriller. And it is very retro.
Why it appeals to a wider public is, because it is all about “family” in the end.
Sons of Anarchy – sometimes a true copy of club life, sometimes not.
I jut wish the women were a bit more anarchistic.
Gemma, the queen of the horde, the magna mater, the alpha female who gets raped and beaten by her husband, who kills to protect herself and her family, who rules from the background. She is in no way an emancipated women, not in the way she dresses, she behaves, she acts. She has no voice in the club but still people listen. An integral part without being allowed to be one. A part apart.
No colours for women.
Women in the middle ages used their powers like that. Ancient queens like England’s Elisabeth I or Scotland’s Mary Stuart. More than 500 years ago.
Have we not come any further than that in the meantime???
We certainly need more Daughters of Anarchy!