The Sons of Anarchy spinoff is missing the emotional component that made the original Kurt Sutter biker gang series so appealing, says Kaitlin Thomas. "Although the two shows obviously share DNA, and although there's nothing about Mayans MC that I actively dislike, I struggle to find myself interested in its many interconnected storylines," she says. "Sons of Anarchy eased viewers into its dangerous, violent world while taking the time to also dig into Jax's conflicting emotions about SAMCRO and fatherhood, all while slowly laying the groundwork for overarching storylines, like the hints about Clay (Ron Perlman) and Gemma's involvement in JT's death. But Mayans MC jumped in head first assuming most viewers are Sons fans already familiar with the world and how these motorcycle clubs operate. And while that's probably true — I'm not sure Mayans MC is attracting a lot of new fans — it's still been too much all at once."