Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Since it is the day before Thanksgiving, I am giving myself a bit of a breather for a few days from full blogging. Given that this is my “for the sheer joy of blogging” job, it often is the first survivor voted off the island when things get compacted for various reasons. Regardless, keep checking back, but don’t expect anything substantial save for a Cowboys breakdown on Friday before the new week begins.
That being said, I must give you a quick thought on the finale of my favorite amoral show. The Shield. Despite the emails that seemed to rule that it was disappointing, I must tell you that I thought the finale delivered in a huge way.
The Shane death – with the eternally disturbing images of his family in the next room, the Claudette rant on Vic in the interrogation room with Vic in the perp chair, the Ronnie bust, and the final conclusion which had Vic in a far worst place than either death or prison. Everything was gone and taken. Everything caught up with him. But he is still free and alive to exist in his own personal Hades, knowing he is to blame for everything.
It is enough to drive him insane, and I thought it was flat-out perfect.
But, it is subjective, and you have a right to be disappointed, but what did you want? I pile of bodies as everyone killed everyone like the end of the Departed? This was perfect.
The following are two brilliant pieces from my favorite tv critic, Alan Sepinwall:
His breakdown of the final episode is must read …
His extensive interview with Shawn Ryan …
If I had to choose, I may recommend this show to you stronger than any other. Check your conscience at the door, suspend your disbelief, keep your family away from the DVD’s, and brace yourself for 88 hours of unforgettable television.
Rest in Peace, Strike Team.
Posted by Sturminator at 9:40 AM