TV Show Review

The Shield: Series Finale

The Shield, one of the best cop shows ever on television, has come to an end and what a ride the series has been in all its 88 episodes. The Shield was the first flagship series for F/X. The show was responsible for bringing an audience to F/X, a base for the station to build upon and it has with some of the most edgy and compelling TV shows on television. All I can say is wow. (Spoilers below) Detective Vic Mackey (Michael Chiklis) had his reputation and life destroyed in the last episode and he brought down all the remaining members of the Strike Team with him. Many of the storylines in The Shield were brought to a conclusion during the episode but it was Mackey’s storyline that was always the most vibrant and magnetic one to witness. Within the Series Finale, that was no different. Shane kills himself and his family and Ronny is sent to prison for life for no reason. Since Connie was working with the cops and Shane killed himself, Mackey sacrificed Ronnie and exposed every crime the Strike Team had ever committed for absolutely no reason. Mackey could have simply bluffed Shane into believing he had immunity and the Shane would have offed himself.

The icing on the case was when his wife went into witness protection with his children and how I.C.E. got payback (his I.C.E. job is a joke, pure punishment) for the immunity deal they give him in bad faith. The look on Mackey’s face walking the hall with the I.C.E. secretary, no friends, no family and a three year time limit on his desk I.C.E. job was sad and great acting on Michael Chiklis’ part. I actually felt sorry for him. You reap what you sow. Great ending to a great series. I just feel bad for some of the characters. They got screwed over big time, especially Ronnie. What are your thoughts on the finale episode of The Shield and the series in general? What was your favorite season (s) of The Shield? Mine were Seasons 2 (Armadillo) and 3 (The Money Train Heist).

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