My biggest problem is the formula Sutter uses, which is not unlike many shows before this, such as THE SOPRANOS for example. I loved THE SOPRANOS until they started running out of scenarios to pit the crew against so instead starting pitting them against one another. In the case of Sam Crow, this season starts doing the same (in all truth, it happened last season as well just not with our main guys). I didn't like the storyline they gave Juice, they whole thing sucked and just shouldn't have happened. I'm sure every fan out there is tired of hearing about those damn letters, but they shouldn't have had Clay go rogue and try to take out Tara. I don't buy that. Piney, I can see, but not Tara. Also preposterous. As far as newcomers go, Lincoln Potter's endgame was quite a letdown. And the way they played the RICO end of things was copout city all the way.
I loved Opie's run this season and to be honest, he's probably the most well rounded, detailed character of the mix. What a champ this guy is! He's been to jail, had his wife murdered by his own club (who also planned to take him out), married a stripper, had that fall apart and now his dad gets blown away. Damn bro. Damn. The only thing I called bullshit it was Clay not dying. I mean c'mon guys, what the hell!? You pit him as the villain from Jump Street, you make us hate him and you pretty much insinuate that he's got to go for all this to work out...and then he doesn't. WTF. I get it of course, Sutter wasn't willing to lose a heavy hitter like Ron Pearlman and I don't really blame him, the dude's been the shows anchor from day one. But how about you don't play with our emotions like that only to flip the script and bitch out at the last minute.
SONS OF ANARCHY SEASON 4 had quite a few cool moments don't get me wrong, I loved the buried Mexican in the desert, loved the addition of Danny Trejo, the head chili bit was hilarious and it was cool to see Kosik join the crew...until they had him step and a f*cking landmine (sigh). Sure guys, you can kill him, but Clay just had to live didn't he? The marketing committee might want to write this down: if your season's plot revolves around Jax "getting out", maybe you shouldn't break the news of being green lit for two more seasons after the first couple episodes because seriously, the show won't be going on without Jax so it was pretty damn obvious he wasn't leaving Sam Crow. The season five premier was fun (and deeply emotional) so here's hoping for a brighter future for SOA.
Deleted Scenes: There are some extended episodes (which add the equivalent of dick-all) and then there are some very short deleted scenes that won't add anything to the overall experience. Shame on you Lincoln for that neck break joke.
Gag Reel: Three or four minutes of goofy fun, a couple laughs, lots of F-bombs, but other than that nothing special.
Farewell To Piney: This feature explores Piney's character throughout the series (not just this season). I liked Piney but I knew his days were numbered cause he just didn't know when to shut up and let things go.
Fans Of Anarchy: I really dug this one. Creator Kurt Sutter held a contest which featured two lucky schmoes getting the chance to see the show live as well as attend a meet and greet with the cast. I'd have loved a piece of that action.
Anarchy at House of Blues: The cast and crew hold a special fund raiser for the family of a recently deceased friend. This is very touching and seeing Katey Sagal sing is worth the price of admission right there.
SOA Special apps: There's some fun stuff to do via your mobile devices as you sync them to the Blu-ray. Breaking Bad had this feature as well. Pretty cool.
Previews: There are some movie trailers, show trailers and some BD-LIVE content if you're connected to the web.
Extra Tidbit: My ringtone is the SOA theme song. Love that tune.