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The Shield - Last Season & Series Ftnale

post #1 of 19
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I saw that someone had started a thread concerning the conclusion to this ground-breaking series elsewhere, which unfortunately got kicked because it did not fall within the scope of the dedicated HDTV forum rules. But to let this show depart without any recognition or eulogy from the many fans (including myself) it has had at this website, would be an affront to its contribution to the history of television. So I offer a fond farewell to Vic, Shayne, Lem, Ronnie, and the whole cast and crew who succeeded in making one night of each week spark with an electrifying hour of quality television.

R.I.P.

And while there may be a few who might have found the ending quite different from the adrenaline-packed persistence they mav have expected from this series, I thought it was just picture perfect.

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Palladin

Chance favors the prepared mind
post #2 of 19
It was picture perfect, and it was my thread that got locked

Can we simply discuss what happened or do I REALLY have to type everything into a spoiler thread? That will get annoying really fast.
post #3 of 19
As a big Shield fan, I was surprised that the only thread over at HD programming was about the show not being in HD.. We have lost a great show and the finale was one of the best.. The writers of the Sopranos should have taken a lesson from them.. The closest thing on tv to the Shield is FX's Sons of Anarchy.. Mostly all tv writers have given last nites episode an A+.. here is one example: http://popwatch.ew.com/popwatch/2008...ield-fina.html
post #4 of 19
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Originally Posted by Jdog35 View Post

It was picture perfect, and it was my thread that got locked

Can we simply discuss what happened or do I REALLY have to type everything into a spoiler thread? That will get annoying really fast.

Nah, it has nada to do with the spoilers. Go back a few years and the crossover between the the digital forum and HDTV forum was fairly common.
Now it's like a Maginot line has been drawn in the sand to make sure the two forums don't cross-breed or something.

Personally, I think its pickyune and kind of ridiculous , but then again, I don't run this joint. Keep The Shield discussion over here and it should be fine.

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Palladin

Chance favors the prepared mind
post #5 of 19
So, before I interject my feelings for the episode/conclusion...keep in mind I own every season and have watched every episode at least twice...what did you think of the finale?
post #6 of 19
see my above post, to put Vic in a 9-5 job was pure torture for a cop like him.. He might have been racing to see what happened at the courthouse.. Sad ending for Shane and family..Anyone see Dutch as a serial killer?
post #7 of 19
A 211 at the courthouse correct? Is there any chance that was Ronnie?

How bad did you guys feel for that poor bastard? I always liked Ronnie and Lem the most. I rooted for Vic for a long time in the middle as well. In the end...well...he truly was a twisted human being wasn't he?

I felt a little gutted when I saw what Shane did. Jacked on coke even, I never would have thought he would do that to his own family. Awful thing to see and think about.

The question I have is, where was Vic going? And what was he doing with the gun? Is he going vigilante? Is he going to run and taking his heat with him? If so, why didn't he take Ronnie and do that anyway (or was it after it all went down he decided to go instead)? I need to watch it again and see what else I missed after the shock wore off. That smirk of his meant something, I'm sure I just missed it.

Very sad to see my favorite television show of all time go.
post #8 of 19
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How bad did you guys feel for that poor bastard? I always liked Ronnie and Lem the most. I rooted for Vic for a long time in the middle as well. In the end...well...he truly was a twisted human being wasn't he?

I definitely felt that Ronnie's outcome was of the most tragic. After rooting for Vic throughout the series, the depravity of his actions really hit when everything around him came tumbling down. The finale succeeded greatly in having its viewers question how they could have ever backed his actions.

Anyway, it was a brilliant end to a brilliant show.
post #9 of 19
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Anyone see Dutch as a serial killer?

I always wondered about that... (ever since that one serial killer got into his head a few seasons back; when he killed the cat and stared into it's eyes)
post #10 of 19
You know that cat thing threw me for a loop for a while too. I really think that he felt bad after killing the cat, sick to himself, because he let that creep into his head. I think that ended the majority of the serial killer fantasies for Dutch. If you go back and watch, he's even more motivated thereafter to catch those guys because he really understands now how depraved they are psychologically. That's what I took from it at least.

I watched the episode again, and I just can't get over how bad I felt for Ronnie. That's just so sh*tty for him. He could have run. He had plenty of chance to get away. It just sucks for him.

I also kinda felt bad for Shane in the end too. Really listening to what he wrote in that letter made me feel bad for him. To get to the point he was strung out on coke, and then killing himself is one thing. If he hadn't taken his whole family with him I would have felt TOTALLY different. But the fact he did that made me really feel bad for him and his family. Made me want him to get away, which I didn't before. Especially for his kid (and unborn daughter). I always hated Mara, I thought she was beyond irritating and stupid (perfect match for Shane though). I could have cared less if she survived, but killing the kids was brutal. I still can't believe he poisoned them. Wow...

I still want to know where the hell Vic was going!!!
post #11 of 19
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Just great. Did a lengthy post on this only to have the 'wonderful' AVS machine force me to re-enter password which then erased it.You know, when a website called AudioVideoScience can't get the bugs out, y'really gotta wonder if its a misnomer.

So I'm keeping it short. My fave was Lem and always will be. Jdof, Ronnie was always kind of a cypher, and the only thing that really stands out is that I thought he kind of looked to Vic as a father figure. If you can think of something notable, please clue me in, because he was such a background guy, when hangin' out with the alpha males of Vics unit. But, yes I did feel bad for him.

I'd Like to know what a 211 is? Anyone know?

And yes, Taxman, that is exactly what I meant when I called it picture perfect. Death by mundane circumstances, and the son of a bitch deserved it.

Anyone think there was any recurring role creepier than Forrest Whittaker's?

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Palladin

Chance favors the prepared mind
post #12 of 19
If memory serves me correct a 211 is a robbery-in-progress, so doubtful it involved Ronnie.

Amazing end to one of the best shows ever. Sad downbeat end for sure, but fitted the nature of this show like a glove.
post #13 of 19
Palladin...the support for Ronnie in my mind started when he had half his face burned off on his stove. That sucked worse than anything for any of those guys...except Lem if he didn't die instantly. Ronnie was jacked up though.
post #14 of 19
I too liked Ronnie's character. He was always down to do whatever. Shane and Lem, would be all worried, and Ronnie would always be the guy to step up and be like, "I'll do it".

He always trusted Vic, and I guess his strength, which was his loyalty, became his weakness.
post #15 of 19
I'm so sorry to see this show go but it did go out on top and with a bang. I think the shield may be my favorite series of all time. (well maybe Deadwood).

It was such a cutting edge enigmatic show. I spent years rooting for the strike team despite it's curruptness. I don't think any other show has ever done that to me. It really pulled me in. It made me hate Shane for what he did to Lem. It made me cheer for Vic and Ronnie throughout the first 6 seasons but during the last season it really brought to light what kind of person vic was deep down in side. It consistantly brought excitement to the table unlike many of my other favorite shows (Sopranos, Entourage, Dexter, Oz).

The finale itself was spectacular. They addressed almost every story line and brought it to a fitting end. I'll be wondering forever what that wicked smile was on mackey's face and what he plans to do. Maybe a movie is in store
post #16 of 19
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I'm so sorry to see this show go but it did go out on top and with a bang. I think the shield may be my favorite series of all time. (well maybe Deadwood)....


The finale itself was spectacular. They addressed almost every story line and brought it to a fitting end. I'll be wondering forever what that wicked smile was on mackey's face and what he plans to do. Maybe a movie is in store

I'd say that's really wishful thinking at best. While a phenomenal series in its own right, I doubt the viewing numbers would ever justify such a venture. And besides, what would be the plot? Corinne & the kids get captured by some gang-bangers and Vic has to play Rambo on their ass? I thought the ending we got was a brilliant and gutsy move, and exemplified just how cutting edge this drama was willing to be. I'd rather let it rest in peace or re-watch the old seasons, rather than see them try to revive it.

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Palladin

Chance favors the prepared mind
post #17 of 19
I dont really see a movie unless it's one of those made for tv movies. They could spin Vic off into his own series with ICE, except it's a few years later and he's given up the search for Corrine and hating his desk job until one of the higher ups approach him with offer to get back on the streets and back to what he does best..That's the only thing I could see as possible.

The only wrench I see is, what's stopping Vic's daughter from calling home and telling Vic where they are or just running away and going back home.
post #18 of 19
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I still want to know where the hell Vic was going!!!

To me, it showed that Vic just couldn't stand to be behind a desk so he bolted when he heard the siren. They tried to make his life miserable, and succeeded. Doesn't really matter where he was going, because it wasn't going to end well. He had nothing left to live for. His career, friends, and family were all gone. It was a better ending than him dying or being arrested.

Great show!

Art
post #19 of 19
I never saw Vic committing suicide, as some others in other forums have suggested. They got too focused on the gun, and not on his facial expressions.

The writes did a great job. I feel totally guilty now rooting for Vic at all...ever. It's like I need a shower or something. Even after the pilot, and a few episodes in, I was still pulling for him to get away. And he killed a cop for crying out loud, yet I'm pulling for him? Yeah...dumb.

I agree that rooting for the Strike Team was an amazing accomplishment by the writers. They were RARELY on the right side of the line, and the people who tried to bring them down should have been the true heroes we rooted for. Yet everyone always hates Dutch and Claudette for picking on the Strike Team, and no one complained when Aceveda got assaulted. Everyone (more or less) thought he deserved it for being a dick to the Strike Team, when in actuality he was trying to put away murderers and thieves. Same with Forrest Whitaker. He planted evidence for sure, but he planted evidence on a guilty man. Nowhere near as bad as what Vic has done.

Absolutely amazing show that I really didn't grasp was gone until I had nothing to watch this week on Tuesday night And S.O.A. is gone 'till next year too. That stings as well. I almost wish they'd of started S.O.A. now so it wouldn't be so bad saying goodbye to my favorite show of all time.
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