DIANNE BUTLER OUT OF THE BOX
IHEAR talk every so often that someone’s working on a TV show about motorcycle gangs. It’s not as if the yarns wouldn’t be there. God, they’d write themselves. That Milperra story alone — an amazing event, really. Ugly, but with enormous natural drama.
Put the eggbeaters to it and make the bikies prettier, you’d have something good there. And there’s the drugs and the guns and the sex and the brotherhood palaver, the whole deal. I mean, look at that — we’re practically writing the script now. But you can also see how it could be a tiny bit scary and niche-sounding to the jumpy people who say yes to TV shows.
Sons of Anarchy — and I don’t know how you’re going to go getting on board at this point if you haven’t been following it so far, but let’s just soldier on— is accessible enough to not have that problem.
There are really only two key women in it — not many, you’ll agree, but they are well written and right in the mix.
One is Katey Sagal, who’s just come off a massive rape storyline that is still hanging around as series three starts tonight.
She’s on the lam right now. She says this with a straight face, too. Rings up her hus- band Clay Morrow (Ron Perlman) and tells him she’s on the lam. Imagine making that call. Even after the extremely serious stuff that’s gone down with her, including being framed for a murder, you’d still want to giggle when you got to the word lam.
And now her baby grandson has been kidnapped— the son of one of the main characters Jax, played by Charlie Hunnam. He’s involved with the other main woman Tara (Maggie Siff), who is a doctor and by implication bright enough not to be tied up with an illegal bikie outfit.
This storyline is going to lead them all to Ireland and big problems as the season gets going. There are always big problems on this show. Sons of Anarchy Showcase, 8.30pm
On the lam: Katey Sagal