Sons Of Anarchy
Type of Pilot: Drama
Similar Shows: The Sopranos (they are bad guys, but we like them), The Shield (they are bad guys, but we like them)
The Inner Light: They are bad guys, but we like them.
Strengths: Ron Perlman, Katey Sagal. He's great as the leader of the club. She plays his wife.
Weaknesses: Nobody is particularly likable.
Impressive Characters: Gemma Teller Morrow (played by Sagal) is one tough lady. Although this is the story of her son Jackson she gets a lot to do in the pilot and she's fun to watch. Jackson... not so much.
Impressive Actors: Ron Perlman, Katey Sagal, Ryan Hurst, Sprague Grayden. Hurst and Grayden aren't given much to do (they play minor guest characters) but they are both very good. Perlman and Sagal (the hero's parents) are the best thing about this pilot.
Less-Than-Impressive Characters: Jackson, the lead character, is a bit blah. He's likable enough, but not dynamic enough to make me really care what happens to him next. His mom is a pistol, however, and his stepdad (Perlman) is gun-toting tough. The ending of the pilot is action-packed and violent.
Less-Than-Impressive Actors: Most members of the club are just forgettable faces in the crowd, but this is early days. Lots of episodes ahead to flesh them out as characters. Thus giving good actors like Kim Coates a chance to shine. Maggie Siff has a few scenes are a potential love-interest for the hero (Charlie Hunnam).
Three Things I Really Like About This Pilot:
Three Things I Really Don't Like About This Pilot:
Nobody is particularly likable.
Jackson, the lead character, is a bit blah.
Most members of the club are just forgettable faces in the crowd.
It passed an hour. Nothing to get excited about.