friday random ten, 1992 edition
1968: september 7

sons of anarchy

Watched the series premiere the other day, and as always when I delay writing, it says something that I didn't feel the need to immediately jabber. I'm going to give it some time, because Robin liked it so we'll be watching together until one or both of us gives up. The cast is a who's who of former TV stars ... Ron Perlman might be best known these days as Hellboy, but he was also the Beast to Linda Hamilton's Beauty, Katey Sagal will always be Peg Bundy, Charlie Hunnam was in the original British Queer As Folk and the pre-fame Judd Apatow series Undeclared, and then there's Maggie Siff (Mad Men) and Drea de Matteo (The Sopranos) and Sprague Grayden (Joan of Arcadia and Six Feet Under) and Mitch Pileggi from The X Files. It's the kind of show where you need time to get to know the characters, and the question is whether your attention will hold until those characters make an impact. Right now, I'd say I'm not too impressed ... there was a time when I would have gone bonkers, but the bar is set pretty high nowadays, particularly at FX, where The Shield makes other shows look like time wasters. So I might change my tune, and I'll try to change my tune, but the pilot didn't knock me out. Grade for pilot: B.

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