The second season of "Sons of Anarchy" was one of the best dramas last year, ending with a strong cliffhanger.

The second season of "Sons of Anarchy" was one of the best dramas last year, ending with a strong cliffhanger.

When we last left SAMCRO, they dispatched of the white supremacist enemies only to be dealt a crushing blow when Jax's (Charlie Hunnam) son, Abel, is kidnapped by a member of the Real IRA.

If that weren't enough bad news, Jax's mother and Sons matriarch Gemma (a marvelously badass Katey Sagal), was simultaneously busted for murder and framed for another by the nefarious ATF Agent Stahl (Ally Walker).

Tuesday's premiere picks up with Gemma on the lam and Jax falling apart over his son's disappearance. It's a superbly dark episode - especially the climax - giving Hunnam, Sagal and Ron Pearlman some excellent scenes.

The violent criminal drama of SAMCRO's world is again enthralling as the motorcycle club finds themselves in the crosshairs of multiple enemies and the law.

Season 3's first four episodes don't quite live up to last season, but that's not a knock. Let's be honest, that's a tough act to follow.