Monday, December 30, 2013

(What's Dope?) Terms and Conditions May Apply: A Sobering Look At Privacy (or the lack of it) in the US

Terms and Conditions May Apply is a very interesting film as it is very deceptive but in a insightful and sobering way as it opens with an innocuous act we all overlook when we sign up to use a service online but after watching this, we should become avid readers of the terms and conditions page before we mindlessly sign up to them. Most of our total ignorance comes from our trust of companies such as Google and Facebook to the point that we treat them we treat them like public goods instead of what they are, faceless corporations looking to make a buck by way of a profit.

These services are free and nobody is against these services being free but a problem presents itself when we are faced with the reality, as Terms and conditions May Apply shows, that if companies such as Facebook and Twitter aren't after your money, they're after something a lot more valuable and precious, your right to privacy. If we were to take this view, then the Terms of service agreements which may read like tax code but are essential reading if you value not having your privacy breached on a daily basis.   

The film then goes from the cumbersome topic of the terms of service agreement we all ignore when using a service online to the wider issue of the continual dissolution of  fourth amendment and persistent violation of privacy in general across the globe. The film also delves into the industries such as the surveillance technology industry that have benefited from the anti privacy climate in the US since 9/11 and the privacy denying policies that have become law since, the still controversial Patriot Act (2001) a prime example. The about face turn in the narrative was a little disorienting simply because I wasn't expecting the film to look at the wider political context.

What I like most about Terms and Conditions May Apply is that it doesn't let companies such as Facebook and Twitter off the hook regarding their role in the persistent violation  of the privacy rights of their users. The film is especially tough on Facebook and Google from its Privacy policies which have very little to do with privacy and their rather lousy treatment of the data of their users from warehousing data to allowing third parties (i.e. governments, spy agencies) access it.

I also like how it reveals the industrial strength hypocrisy of the heads of both Facebook and Google as the film does a great job of showing both Eric Schmidt and Mark Zuckerberg's indifference or outright disregard of the privacy rights of their users stressing the desire for a more "open society" but publicly state their anger (or blacklist magazines in Schmidt's case) when their privacy is breached pretty much how their respective companies the privacy of users on a daily basis.

My favourite moment of the film is when Cullen Hoback, director of the feature, tracks down Mark Zuckerberg to his home address and basically ambushes the Facebook CEO with the camera rolling as he walks hastily down the street doing his best to shake Hoback off his tail then stops to ask him Hoback to turn the cameras off.

This may seem unfair and a gross but entertaining breach of Zuckerberg's privacy but as Hoback spends the whole film demonstrating, tracking down Zuckerberg and getting in his face about his constant interview dodging is nothing in comparison to his companies rather disheartening practices regarding to the privacy of their users.  

All in all, Terms and Conditions May Apply is as dope a film about the state of privacy online and beyond you can get and if you don't watch this film and don't look at Google and Facebook in a different light, nothing ever will.

Check out the trailer Terms and Conditions May Apply trailer here

You can also the film's site here

(Note To The Reader) New Segment: Cause For Concern

As part of our new direction in 2014, we will add a new weekly segment entitled Cause For Concern that will report on issues that in the near future that might become a cause for concern for everybody. From potential market crashes, political tension, hazardous social trends to the excesses of modern corporate power with wide ranging effects, Cause for Concern will be your first port of call to make sure readers are aware of the trends and practices that matter in our world and affect all of us.

Cause for concern will be up on the blog next week Monday. Be sure to check it out, 

Thanks for reading,

Alex Clarke
The Carnage Report 

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

(Note To The Reader) bye to 2013 and hello to 2014

2013 has been a year of change for the carnage report and 2014 will be no different as we will take a new direction as we attempt a new approach that will lift us over the average culture blog.  We have been using the same generic segments you can find on any blog on the web but in 2014 we will use original segments that represents an idea rather than a topic. 

With our recently established What's Dope? segment, we look to bring the best of modern culture to your attention and check put for yourself and in 2014, we will add new segment entitled "The Why" attempting to answer the most important in journalism and life in lieu of recent events of the week.

We will also add a new segment entitled The Wasteland which will dedicated to covering TV with an original and refreshing take. Its title is taken from a brilliant biting speech about the state of television in America made by Newton N, Minnow which is still serves as a ample starting point for any criticism to be made about modern television anywhere across the globe never mind the US. 

We also have a segment in the works for those among you who want to get something or want to learn how. it will appeal to the independent spirits among us and those looking ot get inspired so stayed tuned to the "Note to the Reader" Segment that will go up in the next few days

2013 was a good year for The Carnage Report and we made a lot of progress but 2014 will be the year where we distinguish ourselves from every other blog as we look not just to entertain or provide something for you to read but to actually provide content that you can make use of in your life and ideas that enrich your experience reading this blog.

Thank you for reading us this years and we hope you stay with us throughout 2014.

All of us at The Carnage Report wish you a merry Christmas and a happy new year.

Alex Clarke
The Carnage Report

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

White Bird In a Blizzard Official Teaser Trailer (2014) - Shailene Woodley Movie HD

Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes - Caesar Teaser (2013) - Sci-Fi Movie HD

Rob The Mob Official Trailer #1 (2014) - Crime Movie HD

The Boxtrolls Official International Teaser Trailer (2014) - Simon Pegg Movie HD

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues REMIX (2013) Will Ferrell Movie HD

Grand Piano Official Trailer #1 (2013) - Elijah Wood Thriller HD

Welcome To Yesterday Official Trailer #1 (2014) - Sci-Fi Movie HD

The Square Official Trailer #1 (2013) - Documentary HD

Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom Official Love Trailer (2013) - Nelson Mandela Movie HD

22 Jump Street Official Trailer #2 (2014) - Channing Tatum, Jonah Hill Movie Sneak Peek

(Movies) Blended Official Trailer #1 (2014) - Adam Sandler, Drew Barrymore Comedy Sneak Peek

(What's Dope?) World Star Hip Hop: Life on Skid Row

For a site that's infamous for reveling in the lowest common denominator from scantily clad "WSHH Honeys", brutal scraps ranging from chaotic schoolyard rumbles to vicious street fights and other graphic acts of human cruelty, Worldstarhiphop, for once bucked its 8 year trend of capitalizing the darker side of human nature in the urban space.

Sunday, December 15, 2013

(What's Dope?) Blend About: Out to Eliminate Lone Dining One Dinner Date At A Time

Tired of your dining experience looking like this?

And want it to look like this?

Then BlendAbout might just be the fix you need escape the growing legion among us that is the lone diner.

That sad breed of human being among us known as the lone diner has grown in number in our disjointed and alienating globalized reality that is modern life and looks set to continue it's current upward trend. Most of us don't have time to make a social event out of shutting up a groaning belly but would rather  jump out of a window than experience the cringe inducing task of ordering a table for one.

To put a stop to the madness of eating alone, BlendAbout has aimed to stem this trend by getting them in one place online to get them to eat out offline. Not a revolutionary idea I grant you but the best ones rarely are.  

In an age were people have become more lonely and isolated, you might think the good people at BlendAbout are fighting a losing battle but fighting the good fight against isolation is why BlendAbout is dope.

Curious? check out the BlendAbout site below:

You can also connect with BlendAbout on Twitter @BlendAbout

Thursday, December 12, 2013

(What's Dope?) PixelPin: Solution To A Growing Problem

While we all have a thousand accounts, and as a consequence a thousand passwords, we can never remember, it doesn't mask over the soul destroying fact that most of us are shit at devising passwords.

It's not really our fault as we are forced to think of an elaborate and super complicated password that is at once is easy to remember and enough  make a email hacker consider the easy way out out of pure frustration but unsurprisingly, most of us are not up to the job when "Password" (really?) and "123456" (???) are the most commonly used passwords to protect our accounts in an age where services such as Google are pooling access to their services under one username and password.

To counter our hopelessness in devising passwords that a chimp wouldn't in five minutes, PixelPin have devised a fantastic way to protect our accounts online, instead of having to come up with an elaborate password you'll forget as soon as you came up with it , you just use what we as human remember best, images.

The internet has been around for some time now and it's strange no one has come up with an idea of using images to access our accounts given that most people (me included)) have bad memories and won't be climbing ladders in the field of cryptography anytime soon. PixelPin is pretty easy to to use (see the video above)  and is novel and fun way to combat a problem we all face which is for me and anybody with a zillion accounts on the net a godsend and pretty dope

Visit PixelPin to out more about the service here:

Also check out Silicon Real's Brian Rose (also host of the excellent London Real) extensive interview with PixelPin CEO and founder Brian Taylor here:

You can also connect with Brian (Taylor) on Twitter @Brian_PixelPin

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

(What's Dope?) Adam Curtis: The Medium and The Message

Image from Curtis's last film

We all know about Adam Curtis's work as a documentary maker (or at least we should)  from the excellent Century Of The Self to the haunting irony (a trademark in all his films in truth) of The Trap: What Happened To Our Freedom but what does deserve a mention is his work as a blogger.

Curtis's blog, The Medium and The Message, much like his films, is about the folly of elites attempting to impose their visions of the world upon the reality that confronts them and the horrifying, hideous, yet hilarious consequences of doing so but what's surprising is that the power that's often alluring about his films from the off kilter images to the eclectic and haunting soundtracks remain in his blogs without both of these great tools present.

Detailed, well researched, and supplanted with the odd quirky images and archival footage typical of his films, his blogs could easily be developed into a full documentary feature and after reading a couple of them, you're left with an overwhelming feeling that these excellent ideas are wasted on a blog even when they are the best blogs you'll read anywhere.

Maybe being a fan of his previous work has colored my opinion but a quick perusal of his piece of the world wide web might just make you a dedicated reader of his blog and watcher of his films. There isn't a blog of his I haven't liked but blog posts such as "Bugger", "Let Them Eat Plastic", "Madison Avenue", "Lada's Theme", "A Mile Or Two Off Yarmouth" and his most recent blog at the time of writing, "What The Fluck!",  stand out among some great reads

Adam Curtis, in the flesh
I believe that the great filmmakers and documentarians of our time have a number of powers disposal and have one that outshine all the others, Curtis's main strength displayed in his films from Pandora's Box to Watched Over By Machines Of Loving Grace was his ability to make us look at reality in a different context reminding us of the an often ill recognized truth that reality is hardly what you think it is and the attempts to make it match what you think is a surefire recipe for disaster.

Curious? go check out Adam Curtis's excellent The Medium And The Message blog here.

What's Dope? where whats dope gets its due

The world is full of cool and interesting things  and now with our new segment What's Dope?, they now have a home.

What's Dope? is dedicated to the new, the cool ,the great and what's next in modern culture and beyond and the individuals and groups behind it that make it possible. 

So if you are interested in What's Dope? in modern culture and beyond, What's Dope is your first port of call in navigating the ever-changing culture that confronts us.

This is for those among you who ask aloud when confronted with modern culture  What's Dope?, here is hopefully where you get an answer.

Good Reading

Alex Clarke
The Carnage Report 

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

(Interviews) Beardyman - Beardyman Interview With London Real

Innovative Musician and Beatboxer Beardyman joins Brian Rose of London Real for lively and compelling chat

Check out the London Real YouTube site hereAlso check out the London Real site for more information about the show here 

(TV) Smart TV: No Longer The Idiot Box

Fiction again and again has warned us about the folly of giving inanimate objects a brain, the ability to feel or any other element of the human experience, a warning LG have clearly failed to heed by making a TV smarter than its viewers.

LG clearly have underestimated the reaction of TV watchers finding out that their TV can watch them right back when one of its customers realized his TV was watching him and taking notes of his viewing habits.

Jason Huntley, an IT Consultant and writer of doctorbeets blog, wrote a blog detailing how he managed to piece together that his TV was collecting data on him through getting his hands on a incriminating corporate video (now suspiciously "under maintenance") selling the effectiveness of their ads system in tracking the preferences of their customers

While LG may throw out the defense that they created a TV that could provide a better service if it could record the viewing patterns of users and suggest content they might like based on the data of previous viewings, they fail to realize people don't like being stalked on the internet by ads and spam bots so they definitely won't be pleased that an household appliance has been tracking their every move as soon as they push the on button.

No one is against household appliances getting better or smarter but it is particularly concerning when they exhibit behaviors of a stalker a little to eager to please. In an age where privacy is almost non-existent ( it's not all Google or Facebook's fault, check your multiple social media accounts for proof) you would think one reprieve would be watching TV where you can watch your favorite shows in peace but now with the onset of smart  TV's that record every click of your remote, being a member of the most monitored human beings in the history of the species has literally hit home.      

It's only going to get worse as the are going to drop in price and become available to more people exemplified by high street electronics retailer Currys cutting £300 off  "selected Samsung Smart TV's".  In sum, Smart TV's maybe the future of television but Jason Huntley's  discovery is a consequence that maybe all too familiar in the coming years.

(TV) The Walking Dead Season 4 Episode 8 "Too Far Gone" (HD) Mid-Season Finale Sneak Peek

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

(TV) The Walking Dead: Rehabilitating the governor is a bad idea

It's not like season 4 so far has been boring but seeing the governor appear at the end of probably the best episode of the season in "internment" is the best thing to happen so far this season. The Governor is one of the few true TV villains left on modern television and with a plethora of reprehensible acts under his belt (murdering his group in cold blood the shocking of the bunch) , he stands as probably the most evil character currently on television.

But in this week's episode we follow his story from when we left him and we see a worn, dejected and depressed figure wandering through the streets full bearded clearly affected by murdering his own people and what he had become as a leader. While in full 'woe is me' mode, he spots a little girl looking outside a window. He follows his vision and finds himself a family and from there, the episode operates as a vehicle for the writers of the show to humanize a mass murderer.

There have been a number of instances of shows attempting to redeem their villains taking them one peg down from supervillain to brooding anti hero but problem is TV has become saturated by this character archetype as just about every major character meets a challenge with a look of dread with a hint of constipation. Its gotten so bad that we are starting miss the  old school bad guys with a scar, eye-patch, or a hook for a hand and just generally wafted of ill intent the moment they hobbled onscreen.

Humanizing such a monster usually makes for good drama as we get to see our villain as more than a one note baddie but in the case of the walking dead, the rehabilitation of the Governor might just kill the show as a spectacle.This is because the main antagonist in the walking dead (the Walkers) are a manageable threat. The walkers are now slower and rotten inside out and are now pretty much background player in the post-apocalypse landscape.

Now that they are a threat that even tweeners can deal with, the show is now missing an antagonist who poses a serious threat. Due to this fact, something bad has to happen to his "new family" which quite frankly looks like a likely scenario as as harsh as it sounds, his new family are "dead weight" in a world where weakness can get you killed.

 In sum, rehabilitating the governor would make for good television but may kill a show that's low on real antagonists and threats. So in the knowledge of this fact, the writers of TWD must bring back the governor and put "Brian" back in the box where he belongs.

(TV) Supernatural Season 9 Episode 8 "Rock and a Hard Place" Sneak Peek

(TV) Marvel's Agents of SHIELD Season 1 Episode 9 "Repairs" Sneak Peek

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Nashville Season 2 Episode 8 "Hanky Panky Woman" (HD) Sneak Peek

American Horror Story: Coven Season 3 Episode 7 "The Dead" Sneak Peek

Revolution Season 2 Episode 9 "Everyone Says I Love You" Sneak Peek

Arrow Season 2 Episode 7 "State vs Queen" Sneak Peek

(TV) Marvel's Agents of SHIELD Season 1 Episode 8 "The Well" Sneak Peek

(TV) The Killing: AMC's Loss is Netflix and our Gain

If the myriad of articles you'll read about how the internet killed television are to believed without reasonable criticism, what Netflix has done in picking up The Killing has shown that the death of Television as a business was more of an assisted suicide than a cold blooded murder. 

When I heard the news that AMC was about to cancel one of the best detective dramas on television anywhere in the middle of a great season I had to say it was one of the rare instances the network that brought us Mad Men and Breaking Bad had dropped the ball (Low Winter Sun notwithstanding)

The Killing should have been a sure fire hit as it has a cult following as well as an established fan-base of the original series in Denmark but AMC, amazingly, thought otherwise. Netflix have been, for the lack of a better word, owing the networks by punishing it's mistakes as well as securing top notch content and has continued the trend by picking the series for 4th and last season.  Netflix look set to further revolutionize the TV industry as it looks set to punish the networks for prioritizing numbers over the quality of their shows by snapping up shows with a ready made following betrayed by the Networks short minded mentality. 

TV networks has a history of cutting top notch television short from FX inexplicably cancelling Arrested Development in its' third season to HBO cutting short the excellent Deadwood again in its' third season. While the Killing didn't have the largest audience in the world, it had an audience willing to fight for it as news of Netflix running the show on its' trended on Twitter.

This is great for cult fans and binge-watchers everywhere as Netflix can now be the saving grace of shows that may not have got an audience that matched its' quality or reflected the devotion of its' following but can have a new lease of life on a platform that's catering to people (myself included) who consume and expect more from television than the average viewer has or ever will.

In sum, Netflix Picking up The Killing for its' final season is a win for Netflix, fans of the show and most importantly fans of great TV who are sick of Networks losing their nerve when shows of superior quality don't attract an audience.  AMC has produced some of the best shows on television in the last 30 years but in cancelling The Killing, it looks like the network is losing its' eye for great TV and it's nerve to give it a chance to flourish.

Friday, November 15, 2013

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The Carnage Report pledges allegiance to the resistance against rapacious changes made by YouTube in the comments section

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Saturday, November 9, 2013

(Movies) All Cheerleaders Die Official Trailer #1 (2013) - Comedy Thriller HD

(Movies) Ride Along Official Trailer #1 (2014) - Kevin Hart, Ice Cube Movie HD

(Movies) The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Official CLIP - Distraction (2013) HD

(Movies) The Raid 2: Berandal Official Red Band Trailer #1 (2013) Crime-Thriller HD

(Movies) Black Nativity Official Trailer (2013) - Jennifer Hudson Musical HD

(Movies) A Case Of You Official Trailer #1 (2013) - Peter Dinklage, Justin Long Movie HD

(Movies) Winter's Tale Trailer 2014

(TV) The Truth About Emanuel Official Trailer #1 (2013)

(TV) Scandal Season 3 Episode 7 "Everything's Coming Up Mellie" Sneak Peek

Thursday, October 31, 2013

(TV) Norman Reedus: Norman Reedus talks shop at the Savannah film festival

Watch The Walking Dead's Norman Reedus talk shop at the Savannah film festival.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

(TV) Sean 'Diddy' Combs Presents: Revolt TV

(TV) The Walking Dead Season 4 Episode 3 "Isolation" Sneak Peek

(TV) The Walking Dead Season 4 Episode 2 "Infected" TV Review

In last week's review, I said that from the looks of this week episode trailer that "infected "was going to be a action packed gore-fest and probably one of the best episodes of season 4 and I believe I was proved right.  While I would admit that it didn't have to do much to better last week's installment, it did what TWD as a series has needed for some time: another threat other than other humans and the undead.

Monday, October 14, 2013

(TV) The Walking Dead Season 4 Episode 1 "30 Days Without An Accident" TV Recap

With the end of one of the greatest shows in TV history in Breaking Bad, The Walking Dead has a lot to live up to as AMC's most popular show and with last night's "30 days without an accident", it's clear that TWD has a lot of work to do to fill Breaking Bad's boots. To be fair, most of last night's episode was spent on the new developments in the relationships and the new members of the group at the prison so it's not really fair to judge as yet but looking at the promos for next week's installment, we're in for a action packed treat.

(TV) Revenge Season 3 Episode 4 Promo "Mercy" Sneak Peek

(TV) The Walking Dead Season 4 Episode 2 Promo "Infected" Sneak Peek

(TV) Boardwalk Empire Season 4 Episode 7 Promo "William Wilson" Sneak Peek

Saturday, September 21, 2013

(Interview) Barry Lyga interview: Up Close

The carnage report was lucky enough to catch up with Barry Lyga, author of I hunt Killers and below was the result.Enjoy!!!

What got you into writing?

You know, I don’t know! I’ve wanted to write since I was very, very young, but I have no idea where the impulse came from. I certainly didn’t know any writers as a child, nor were there any examples of people making a living from art in my family or neighborhood. The idea got lodged in my head at around age 7 and stayed there despite the universe’s best efforts to knock it out.

Do you have any influences over your work?

Oh, sure. Probably the biggest is Bruce Springsteen. Most people think of him as a musician or a rock star, but what he actually is, is a storyteller. In a tight little five minute song, he gives you characters, story arc, development, the whole deal.

What do you think makes the crime genre better than other genres?

I don’t! I don’t think any genre has an inherent advantage over any other one. I’ve written crime, horror, sci-fi, “realistic,” and I love them all.

Science fiction has often offered the best criticisms of modern society, why do you think that most crimes don’t really say much the society they take place in?

I’m not sure I agree with the premise of the question. I think many crimes DO say something about the society they take place in. There’s a reason, for example, that in the U.S. we have an epidemic of gun violence that doesn’t exist in other modern countries — we’ve created a culture wherein guns are not only readily available, but also in which they are seen as solutions to problems. That’s almost specifically unique to the U.S. due to its cultural background. Then you add in social pressures that make individuals think they need to shoot their way out of a problem and the next thing you know, you have bodies on the floor.

Most people can name the best book they ever read, can you name your worst?

Oh, sure, I can. But I won’t. I don’t like bashing other authors in public. I know some people enjoy it when two authors go at each other, but I just don’t like it.

Most writers find writing a real struggle, do you think this is because writers have to know where the bodies are buried in their stories?

That could be. I also think it’s inevitable when you have ego and restraint pulling and tugging at each other. On the one hand, writers have to think, “This story is worth telling.” On the other hand, they have to acknowledge, “Not everyone will love this, and I will inevitably screw up at least part of it because I’m human.” The clash of absolute faith and necessary doubt is never pretty.

Taking in to account that you have some success in an field where it’s notoriously hard to come by, what advice would you give to the young writers out there?

It’s tough to give advice based on my own success because this business really doesn’t have definable patterns or pathways to success. All you can do is write the best damn book you’re capable of, then hope for luck to break your way. In the meantime, write another one. That’s what I did.

I know it’s heavy question but being a writer who has written within the crime fiction genre, why do you think people commit crime?

Wow, yeah, heavy questions. I think there are a variety of reasons. There’s anomie theory, of course. But then there are also people who are just plain bad. Desperation, need for survival, sheer evil… There’s sadly no shortage of reasons for people to do harm to others.

While most writers (and readers) may say the number one rule of all fiction writing is not to be boring, do you think there are any rules to writing fiction?

Not being boring is a good start! I would say, “Be true to the story” is important, too. As soon as you start modifying your story to please some invisible audience that may or may not even read it, you’ve lost the battle.

Do you have a writing process?

I don’t think of it as a process, really — I just sit down and pound the keys. I treat it like actual work. I report for duty every day and pound away!

Final Question, what project or releases do you have lined up or in the works?

I’m working on the final book in the I HUNT KILLERS trilogy, which will be out in 2014. Also, a fun middle-grade fantasy novel, and a couple of other things I can’t talk about yet.

Friday, September 20, 2013

Sons of Anarchy Season 6 Episode 2 "One, One, Six" TV Review

After the last episode the opinions I had about where they were going to take the show were justified but enlarged. As usual the show starts out with a shocker. With the last episode leaving a school shooting as its closing credits a lot of suspicious activity was surely to come to light.

While enjoying one another’s company, Nero and Gemma are visited by Nero’s cousin. He explains that the little boy that was killed for shooting up the school was his girlfriend’s kid. This alone answers a lot of questions regarding who the kid was originally in the first episode of the season. Nero’s cousin explains that the gun that Matthew (the kid) used to shoot up the school was the same gun  that was given to him and run by Jax’s MC. This could mean the whole sky’s about to fall onto the MC club, or at least I thought at the beginning.

Upon learning of this information Nero sets out to protect his good name and the MC. Nero goes over to Jax’s house to speak with him regarding what should be done in the situation. Tara just got home from prison making it even more awkward for Gemma and stressful for Jax, especially since he probably will not find out for a little while that Tara had secretly been tested to see if she was pregnant. The couple share a romantic hug and feelings of missing one another’s company. I believe it to be a show on Tara’s part. This could be disastrous for Gemma to learn if Tara is truly pregnant, even a breaking point for her.

The ladies were sent into the other room so that Nero and Jax could discuss details about what happened and what was going to happen next. They make a plan to go get the cousin’s “old lady” and hide them so that they can be absolutely sure she wouldn’t rat. While attempting to basically kidnap this woman, she starts screaming putting everyone in the house in jeopardy with the police right outside the door. 

Of course she would scream, her son committed a terrifying crime against humanity and other children and died from it – that would destroy any mother. She wiggled away and started to run out of the house, but instead of the front door she chose the bathroom door. This crazy woman was not only going to keep their secret but she was going to discredit herself by shooting up, “Junkie” was the term used by Jax I believe. They took her while she was unresponsive to the cabin at Pine Grove.

Going back to before Clay saw Gemma, he had a meeting with the ex Marshal about the paperwork to work against the MC. Clay refused to sign it until Lee brought in both Gemma and Jax to speak with him. He suggested that his job was always about retribution and that he only enjoyed hurting people who hurt other people and that was his endgame. 

What Clay doesn’t know is that Lee signed his name to the papers anyways and tried to pass them to the prosecutor who basically laughs in his face, much like I would have done. Her reasoning for not jumping at the chance to take down a crooked club is that Lee could not be trusted. The prosecutor also explained that Lee being involved was a risk and if the case was to be done right, they needed their own papers signed by Clay. That put Lee’s plan to railroad Clay and the MC a few steps behind.

While everyone is at the cabin, Gemma shows up to talk with Jax about her visit with Clay. She knows he made a deal because of the way he was reacting to her presence. He was very apologetic and explained to her that he understood why she did what she did. A common way to smell a rat, is to know there should be resentment and anger where there is love and compassion. Gemma wasn’t fooled by Clays nice guy approach to get her to confess something in front of the one way mirror. 

The person on the other side of that mirror is none other than Lee Toric, after blood. Gemma was going through the process of explaining the situation to Jax when Nero’s cousin’s crazy wife decided to grab a shot gun and escape the grasps of Nero and the boys who she thought were going to kill her and her boyfriend. This woman has a good sense, when you get in deep enough some things are common knowledge.

Unfortunately for this grieving mother, she also must grieve her boyfriend who Nero sniped in the left temple. He was going to run with her and in my opinion Nero viewed that as betrayal. He did what he thought had to be done to minimize the situation. Like any scared woman would do she gets out of the trucks and runs. Jax of course can’t have that seeing as a bullet flew in his mother’s direction. He tackles her, very nicely I might add, snatches the gun, and points it at her. I believe he would have pulled that trigger if it wasn’t for Nero stopping him. The boys escorted her back into the bedroom where they tied her up and it was agreed to dose her with more drugs to keep her sedated and easier to control. 

The person who is chosen and agrees to administer the drugs to the woman has an alternative motive for wanting to inject her alone. After he shoes the last person out that wanted to help, he calmly injects her and then uses a pillow to suffocate her. This was kept a secret when Jax later asked Juice if she was “good.” Nero, who didn’t want her dead, appears to be very distraught and questions Jax if her death was intentional and his call. Jax claims it was the drugs, even though we all know he was lying through his teeth.

As any good wife would do, when Jax returned back home, she asked how everything was with Nero. Calm and collected he answered her without flinching. I’m not sure if that was because he didn’t want to involve her or worry her but whatever the reason for not telling the truth, is irrelevant.

There are a few hints towards other scenes to come such as the mysterious map that everyone knows is the start of a new charter with both Quinn and Hopper. Mentioning of the Nomad club might also be brought up in the future. Also during this episode you will notice Jax’s attempt to stop the gun inclusion in their business plans.  Even with a very decent deal on the table, his gun handler refused to let them go that easily and required them to take an extra shipment of guns that were going to “make it big.”

So far every episode this season has ended in Jax having intercourse with a woman. The first time it wasn’t his wife, the second was. With the teardrop falling out of her eyes during the “passionate moment” I’m starting to believe that Tara might still have plans of running away from the area, but this time not with Jax. Until the next episode, keep your imagination open and consider all of the possible outcomes from the events. There is plenty more to come.


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