In the darkness the trees are full of starlight (henwy) wrote,
In the darkness the trees are full of starlight

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It's the end of the world as we know it

Well, this will likely be my last entry ever about The Shield. I'm in the midst of watching the series finale right now and feeling sort of wistful about the whole thing. I sometimes feel like I'm the only one watching the show and it just doesn't feel right that it doesn't get the acclaim it deserves. All those seasons of buildup and we'll finally find out where the chips will fall. I've read a few articles by critics who have seen the finale already and they say that it's worth the price of admission. The one thing I was worried about was a non-ending ending, sort of like what supposedly happened with The Sopranos. Not a show I watched, but I'd be pretty cheesed off if any show I was interested in just faded to black without resolving any of the real issues.

What's best about The Shield is it deals with complex characters addressing real issues. The urge to take shortcuts as a cop must be huge. There are probably many times when they just know someone is guilty but the law says to set them free. Our system of law was based on the idea that it's better to let a hundred guilty men go free than to have one innocent man found guilty. While that might not always end up being the case, there are lots of protections that simply wouldn't be available elsewhere. If you don't believe that you should go break the law a few times in Singapore or similar places and see what happens.

Anyway, I'm going to finish watching the ep, and then pop back for a recap.

And so it ends, not with a bang, but with a whimper.

They wrapped up a lot more of the loose ends than I thought they were going to. You basically have a good idea what ends up happening with each character and major plotline. Overall, I was happy with most of the resolutions.

  • It was a happy day that Shane decided to off himself. His character has been a complete clusterfuck from the beginning. The last 3 seasons have almost completely revolved around his screwups.

  • I'm also glad his wife bought it, though I do think it would have been nice if she knew she was getting offed instead of just drinking the poison without knowing what it was. I wouldn't be surprised if she was the most loathed character in the entire show.

  • The ending with Vic was also a sort of low-key genius. He gets away with everything, but in the end he's left with nothing. His family is gone, his job on the streets is gone, and all he's left with is a cubicle. For someone like Vic Mackey, that must be a special personalized form of hell.

  • I feel sort of bad for Ronnie since of all the characters (Well, with the exception of Lem) he got hosed the hardest for the least reason. Prison cannot be a fun place for a gang cop.

  • I do wish that Corrine would have paid some sort of price for her treachery, but I'm sure Vic will track her down one day and administer some sort of justice. She and the family reaped all the benefits from Vic's actions over the years and you can't help but feel that she was complicit and only bailed for selfish reasons.

And that was that. With The Shield now gone, I'll need to find something new to watch and look forward to. Any suggestions?
Tags: tv club: the shield

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