While I'm not particularly drawn to watch anything having to do with a bunch of tough guys on motorcycles, this show not only pulled me in as a non-motorcycle gal, but it also delivered some majorly serious drama shocking for even those tough guy viewers... and even for Ron Perlman who's playing the king of tough guys, as he noted in his Q&A - when you can shock this guy, that's true dirty drama.
In the first two episodes, we meet the Sons of Anarchy motorcycle club which is run by Clay Morrow, the step-father of our main character, Jackson 'Jax' Teller.
Jax's father, John Teller, was among the founders of the club, but John was killed years earlier, leaving one of his co-founders and friends, Clay, in charge of the club and also to remarry his wife, Gemma Teller Morrow - intriguing!
While we didn't get a whole lot of insight into that whole past, I'm hoping we'll be getting more explanation about how Clay and Gemma got together, and more of what things were like when John was around.
Jax is basically next in line for club leader, but as we learn in these episodes, he's not all-in on the way things are being run which includes a whole bunch of undercover gun deals and other sorts of crimes as they butt heads with their rival motorcycle gangs.
But among all this drama and crime for the club, we have lots of personal storylines for viewers not all about watching full-on motorcycle club life.
We have Jax's ex-wife, Wendy, who is pregnant with his baby, but still dealing with her drug addiction, Jax's high school ex-girlfriend, Tara, who just came back to town as a doctor - neither of which Jax's incredibly outspoken and tough mom, Gemma, is too fond of.
The most pleasantly - in a way - surprising character is Gemma. The toughness from the club was as expected and done very well along with making them all quite three-dimensional in their lives beyond the club, but Gemma turns out to be the toughest of them all which is very interesting.
She's basically the mother hen/matriarch for the club, and is incredibly protective, but not in the typical motherly ways - in the way she'll seriously almost choke someone to death for messing with her boys. Yeah, not a woman to cross.
It looks as if the set up for this show is incredibly solid, and the characters a whole lot more than expected on the surface level.
Pre-screener and photo courtesy of New Media Strategies