Sons of Anarchy, FX’s big ticket show for the fall, is set to debut next Wednesday, September 3. Starring Charlie Hunnam (Children of Men) alongside Ron Perlman (Hell Boy, every B action movie ever), it tells the story of a 1-percent motorcycle club as it struggles to defend its small California town against the evil influences of corporate culture and drugs, all while running guns and battling rival gangs. Think of it as sort of a perverse fable for American life. Judging by the trailer that’s after the jump, it looks pretty entertaining too, adding bikes to the list of everything we like in a TV show: glorified violence, slick production, guns, explosions and a strong yet confused moral undercurrent.
We bet the execs over at Harley-Davidson are excited for the show too.
It serves as not just an ad for their products (all the main cast
members ride Dyna Glides and Road Kings, mocking all other machines as
“Garbage Wagons”), but also for the fantasy lifestyle they’ve so successfully
co-opted and branded as their own. Harley fans will be able to live
out all their sociopathic, rebellious fantasies from the comfort of
their McMansion’s living room.
We’re somewhat confused by the Sons of Anarchy’s blatant commercialism
paired with its anti-corporate, anti-mainstream plot, just like we
don’t understand its relationship with clubs like the Hell’s Angels or
Bandidos (Hunnam’s character is loosely based on former Bandito Edward
Winterhalder). Regardless, we’ll be tuning in, at least for the first