Sons of Anarchy Achieves Nirvana


Our favorite bad show after Mad Men, the FX drama Sons of Anarchy has devoted its second season to pitting the protagonists of its titular biker gang against a white-power syndicate (including, notably, a very bad dude played by Henry Rollins). Basically, it’s a white-trash Sopranos — Katey Sagal plays the Carmela equivalent. But the show revolves, like a big wheel of cheese, around Charlie Hunnam’s hot rebel “Jax” Taylor, whom we love for his screamingly obvious W.T. patron saint: Kurt Cobain. The blond hair, facial scruff, wallet chain, flannel shirts, and especially the air of righteous woundedness — it’s all there. Except for the proud wussiness. Kurt must be stage-diving in his grave, but seeing the previews last night for next week’s show, in which Jax and his cohort are jailed — and more importantly, forced into prison jumpsuits — just makes us sad that we don’t know when we’ll next see our beefcake in glorious grunge costume. “And he likes to shoot his gun / But he knows not what it means …”