Kurt Sutter, the creator/executive producer of “Sons of Anarchy” isn’t too fond of year-end lists, especially when the lists place his show among the year’s most disappointing series.
Sutter (the husband of series star Katey Sagal) took to his own blog to blast critics and bloggers who labeled this year’s Season 3 as “uneven.”
“I cringe at some of the names the blogosphere is giving season three of ‘Sons of Anarchy’,” Sutter wrote. “ ‘Uneven,’ ‘problematic,’ ‘counter-intuitive.’ It’s [expletive deleted] hard to watch your child being bullied and yet I’ve realized that one must live and die by buzz.”
The issue for Sutter seems to be the blogosphere’s assessment that the FX motorcycle gang drama ventured too far afield of its comfort zone, with club members spending several episodes away from their home base – the fictional California town of Charming – on a journey to Northern Ireland, where they do a lucrative business in illegal sales of guns and ammo. And it’s true that the plot twists on display in Season 3 did come in for considerable debate among “SOA” fans.
Still, Sutter thinks too many of the critics and bloggers who complained about the show in their year-end lists and summations didn’t take the time to form their own opinions. Instead, these unnamed scribes all noted the negative buzz about portions of the season and adopted it as their own, charges Sutter. “[They’re] too [expletive deleted] lazy to actually watch the show and form an original opinion, so they’ll let a few other critics determine what the show is.”
So how about it, “Sons of Anarchy” fans? Was Season 3 disappointing? Or is Sutter on the right track in his criticism of the critics?