Just a word of warning. If you've not seen the series finale of "The Shield" or any of season seven and don't want to know how it all ends, turn back now....
(Just do me a favor....and you a favor for that matter. If you've not seen the series, get on Netflix, Blockbuster whatever and get the first disc of season one and start watching. Trust me...the ride is amazing)
You have been warned.
Seriously there is no way to talk about the end of "The Shield" without giving away everything...
Maybe it's still too fresh, but to paraphrase Comic Book Guy from "The Simpsons," "Best....series...finale....EVER!"
I'm still stunned by how good the series finale (and the entire final season of the show) was. In the end, Vic's sins catch up to him. And while it doesn't lead to him being lead away in handcuffs, going to jail or dead, it does lead to him having everything he cares about taken away from him. His family is put into federal witness protection to get away from him, he's lost the job he loves, he's lost his street cred, he's betrayed his only friend left and his protege not only killed himself but his pregnant wife and their young son. Last week Vic got to confess all his sins, unburden himself and get a reset thanks to an agreement for immunity for all his previous sins. But in his confession, Vic created his own fate--he's in a soulless job, cut off from the streets and no longer part of the action. The sequence with Vic getting a tour from the HR rep was perfect as the silence final sequence as Vic ends his first day on the job. One day down, only two years and 364 more to go.
I have to admit I was concerned that the series finale could and would deliver. With such build-up to it and having waited seven years to see how things all played out, there was the huge potental for disappointment. Thankfully, "The Shield" didn't drop the ball. And it didn't take the predictable or easy way out. It's amazing that just a few episodes ago, Shane and Mara were shwon as having fun on the lam, enjoying the romantic side of being fugitives from justice. And then the last two weeks, we see the toll it's taking. Watching the noose slowly tighten around Shane and Vic was fascinating and compelling. And every single episode since it came out that Shane put out a hit on Ronnie and went on the lam has had at least one jaw dropping twist...all leading up to the final two episodes where my jaw hit the floor at least four times per episode.
Wow, wow, wow, wow, wow. This is how you have a satisfying series finale.
Bravo to Shawn Ryan and the cast and crew of "The Shield." A fantastic, perfect ending to one of the greatest series EVER.
posted by Michael Hickerson at 11/26/2008 03:34:00 PM