Archive for October 10th, 2013


Thursday, October 10th, 2013

¬†Greetings from Fairfax, VA! I’m literally writing this at George Mason University’s student union. Oh the places you’ll go!

So I started my first watch of the FX series Sons of Anarchy as a way to unwind after some travel. Since then I’ve binge-watched 3 seasons, and will probably have finished the series by the end of this weekend. Suffice to say, I love it. I sent this email to Chris and some friends after watching about half the first season:

“So I’ve been watching Sons of Anarchy, and I think we should start a motorcycle gang. We’re going to need leather jackets. Also, some of us may die. But we will be so COOL.”

And Chris responded, saying that he was just waiting for the first person in our friend group to watch SOA, because he was sure this email was going to come.

Anyway, the show is brutal, in a lot of ways it is more consistently brutal than Breaking Bad, and a lot of other shows known for its utter bleak brutality. And I was talking to a friend who said that he couldn’t get with a show that was so cruel to its characters. I was talking about a certain death in the show, where I was like, “Yeah but that was AWESOME!” And he was kind of shocked, saying “You thought the brutal death of ____ was AWESOME?” To which I responded, oh, uhh… I mean, it was compelling television.

It’s hard to understand why we like shows like that. Society as a whole was enraptured with the last season of Breaking Bad, a season that was so brutal and horrible, that I kinda wanted to just crawl up into a ball after some of those episodes and cry. But it was an “AWESOME” show. Maybe it’s just a way to viscerally make us feel something so far beyond what we experience in our day-to-day life, which I wonder what that says about our lives as a whole.

Also, it’s funny to me that Charlie Hunnam basically is playing the same character he did in Pacific Rim. We’ve always made Hunnam jokes about PacRim (even though, we still love him and the movie), and Chris made the good point that obviously, it’s the same character. Jax Teller was in the Sons, then the Kaijupocalypse happened and all of the Sons died except him; and he immediately joined the Jaegar program, because that’s what Jax does. I mean sure, I guess he would’ve had to find his brother at some point? I don’t know. Who knows. Who cares. he’s just a smooth, shit-kicking dude.

So yeah obviously, tomorrow’s strip *SPOILER ALERT* will be SOA-based. Sorta.

A lot of talk by Chris on the blog posts about this podcast we recorded of us breaking this week’s strips. I’d like to bank a few and let some time pass before you hear us breaking the strips, and maybe we can somehow figure out if the totality of this experiment is worth your time. Also, because we’re lazy. And because we got a lot going on. So we’re lazy and too busy. Whatever. Do you have a problem with that?


Yeah, I didn’t think so.