Review: Sons of Anarchy: Season 6
Release Date: Tuesday, August 26th, 2014
Screen Format: Widescreen 1.78:1
Audio: 5.1 DTS-HD-MA
Total Run Time: 1006 minutes
Show Rating: 3.0 out of 4 Stars
Special Features Rating: 4.0 out of 4 Stars
Overall DVD Rating: 3.5 out of 4 Stars
Synopsis: Sons of Anarchy Season 6 begins with Clay and Tara both behind bars, as Jax contemplates the future of his club and his family. Jax continues on his path to turn the club into being more in line with his father’s vision, but finds it hard to escape the bloody history of SAMCRO. At every turn, Jax deals with external pressures that put his plans in trouble. Meanwhile, Tara has a plan of her own to protect her children. Intensity, secrets, betrayals, death and more death lead to one of the most disturbing seasons finales of the series thus far.
Show Review: Sons of Anarchy Season 6 premiered September 10th, 2013 with an extended episode that set things in motion and was followed by many more longer than normal episodes. Thus, turning the 13-episode sixth season into the equivalent of about a 17-episode seasons worth of content. If you’re a big fan of the show, then this surely didn’t bother you. But, there were definitely places that could’ve benefited from some streamlining.
What this season did do, is bring about some closure to quite a few storylines involving major characters. This lead up to one of the brutal and heart-wrenching finales the show has done. Even knowing there is a big death coming, didn’t prepare me for who it was and how it happens.
Overall, the season is another rollercoaster that made me even more interested to see how Kurt Sutter is going to end this saga.
Special Features Review: The main reason to get a show on Blu-ray or DVD these days over the digital download/streaming options that may be available are the special features. FOX Home Entertainment (@FOXHomeEnt) sent me a copy of the Blu-ray for review and here are a few thoughts on what is included.
- Anarchy Afterword – Includes the after show specials for the season premiere, “The Mad King” and season finale episodes.
- Deleted Scenes
- Episode Commentaries – Kurt Sutter, Jimmy Smits and Paris Barclay on the season premiere and Kurt Sutter, Katey Sagal, Maggie Siff and Paris Barclay on the season finale. It is always interesting to hear Kurt talk about his show.
- Gag Reel – Some funny stuff, but considering how many extended episodes we got this season, you’d think there was more than three minutes worth of outtakes they could’ve used. We got more funny stuff in a six minute interview with Mark Boone Junior and Tommy Flanagan at Comic-Con 2014.
- The Reaper Calls – An overview with Kurt Sutter about all the major deaths of the season. This is highly spoilery, so don’t watch this until after you’ve watched all the episodes.
- ”Sons for Sandy” – Documentary about the charity and fan event to benefit the Jersey shore after Hurricane Sandy. Includes a Q&A with Kurt Sutter, Katey Sagal, Kim Coates and Theo Rossi from the event regarding Ep.10.
While some of the special features could’ve been better, like the gag reel, there really is a lot for fans to get out of this set. Plenty of insight and interviews into how this show is put together.
Season 7 premiered Tuesday, September 9th on FX.