'The Shield,' Vic Mackey come to sati...

'The Shield,' Vic Mackey come to satisfying end

There are 42 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Nov 25, 2008, titled 'The Shield,' Vic Mackey come to satisfying end. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

This column concerns the series finale of "The Shield." Don't read it unless you've seen the episode.

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ROBERT H

San Jose, CA

#1 Nov 26, 2008
i LOVED THAT SHOW SAD TO SEE IT GO BUT I UNDERSTAND HE IS IN HIS OWN JAIL HE IS A STREET COP AND TO BE LOCKED UP IN A OFFICE IS HIS DEATH BUT WHAT I DONT GET IS THEY SAID HE HAD A JOB FOR 3 YEARS AND IMMUNITY FOR 3 YEARS WHAT HAPPENS AFTER THAT WILL HE GET CHARGED OR IS THAT DEAD AND GONE
The Audience Pays

Longmont, CO

#2 Nov 26, 2008
The ending was perfect.

As Chiklas and Ryan have said for years, they can't believe how willing the audience is to go along with all of Vic's evil deeds and still rally behind him. If Vic ended up dead or in prison, we are all off the hook. The bad guy paid for his crimes.

Instead, everyone else pays. And our hero is willing to reduce himself to the humiliation of a desk job where nobody even wants to talk to him (send your reports by office memo) for three years - than go out in a blaze of glory. It's all about him and his own survival. Period.

Vic has to live with himself. WE have to live with ourselves. WE have to live with being by Vic's side the entire time. WE have to live with having been complicit in all his crimes. Right to the end.

This was a brilliant and flawless ending to a flawless series and it was the only way to end it with integrity and without letting the audience get away.

And every moment of it was agonizing and painful.

Also, the song over the ending credits was so beautiful and fitting.
the end of the shield

Portage, IN

#3 Nov 26, 2008
At the end, vic was sitting at his desk. Just thinking and staring. He took his gun out of his drawer, and went home. ARE WE MISSING SOMETHING HERE ? WHAT WILL HE DO NEXT? WHERE IS HE GOING WITH THAT GUN? I WONDER WILL THERE BE ANOTHER SHOW STARRING VIC? ONLY TIME WILL TELL.
gayle

Hermitage, TN

#4 Nov 26, 2008
I thought the ending sucked. I was highly disappointed. What the hell were they thinking? Basically I have watched that series for all those years for what? to know nothing at the end. Please why the hell would anybody think that was a good ending?
john

Rowlett, TX

#5 Nov 26, 2008
with the series over, a part of me is gone. i loved that show.
Dr Doc

Chicago, IL

#6 Nov 26, 2008
i totally feel the same way as john above. i feel somewhat empty inside
the series finale was the saddest, most depressing thing i have ever watched, but a good ending to the show
i really hate Vic Mackey, for driving one of his friends to suicide and selling the other up the river to pay for all of his sins. what a bastard
Franco

North Chicago, IL

#7 Nov 26, 2008
Great show and a Great ending. How are you going to watch the show and say you wanted Vic to eat his gun or go to jail? No way. Chiklas did a great job portraying a man who is down, but not out. In the final minutes, when he grabs his gun, smirks and walks off, it was perfect. He was the quintessential Anti-hero. I will really miss this show...
MissV

Hillsborough, NC

#8 Nov 26, 2008
Give him an assumed name and move him to Law and Order!
Best Cop Show Ever

United States

#9 Nov 26, 2008
I was a big NYPD Blue fan until I saw The Shield. The controversy was what dragged me into this. As long as Vic Mackey comitted crimes and kept weaseling his way out of it. I was sucked into every episode just to see what he would get away with next.
By far the totally opposite of The Commish. Michael Chicklas played that role perfect! I felt every emotion he felt... I am a huge fan!!!! The Best Cop Show EVER!!!
Matt
Rochester NY
I will miss it

United States

#10 Nov 26, 2008
The Audience Pays post has it dead on. It was a perfect ending and it makes me pay...I hate it that Vic ratted out Ronnie. Shane was a dirtbag and I could careless about him, but selling out Ronnie was what really got me. Oh, and Shane's family dead on the bed. Very sad moment that will stick with me for the rest of my life. Simply the best TV drama series ever.
josh

Cobalt, CT

#11 Nov 26, 2008
I am still shivering at the image of shane and his family -

Since: Dec 07

DuPage County

#12 Nov 26, 2008
gayle wrote:
I thought the ending sucked. I was highly disappointed. What the hell were they thinking? Basically I have watched that series for all those years for what? to know nothing at the end. Please why the hell would anybody think that was a good ending?
The fact that in the end he lost everything but his life was what made this one of the best series finales of all time. The way he came close to breaking down in that office chair and the smirk he had on his face when he tucked his gun into his pants and left the office was priceless.

You were hoping for a Tarantino-style 'everybody shoots everyone' ending weren't you? I have to admit, that's what I was betting on.
Butch

Albany, NY

#13 Nov 26, 2008
My take is that Vic went on the run, which is what he and Ronnie were going to do if things didn't work out, and now he's a wanted man. It was an unsatisfying final few minutes, especially since Ryan and Chiklis said the ending would not be ambiguous like the Sopranos.
clokey

Johnson City, NY

#14 Nov 26, 2008
Great show, ending open. My thought as vic took his gun and left his cube, he's either going to off himself or maybe his wife? Never did have a picture of her on his desk.......... Could there be another "vic."
Tom Dober

Columbus, OH

#15 Nov 26, 2008
I posted this on the other thread , but I think a perfect ending would have been.....

Camera pans in on Dutch sitting on his couch with a drink in his hand..as the camera pulls back, you see a dead woman's body sitting next to him.

Dutch killed the woman instead of the kid !!

All fits together, the episode he interviewd the serial killer and when he killed the cat. The peeping in windows, all the knowledge he had on serial killers when he spoke to the kid in the last episode....
Jewelz

Cleveland, OH

#16 Nov 26, 2008
Tom Dober wrote:
I posted this on the other thread , but I think a perfect ending would have been.....
Camera pans in on Dutch sitting on his couch with a drink in his hand..as the camera pulls back, you see a dead woman's body sitting next to him.
Dutch killed the woman instead of the kid !!
All fits together, the episode he interviewd the serial killer and when he killed the cat. The peeping in windows, all the knowledge he had on serial killers when he spoke to the kid in the last episode....
Yep, that would have been an amazing addition to the finale. I hate how there were so many story lines left open... Claudette, will she die? Dutch, will he catch the kid? Vic, did he take off and run or is he going to live with his punishment? Gardocki, what the heck will happen to him? Olivia, what the heck will happen with her? What will happen with all the files in the blackmail box.... Does UGH so frustrating... Does Aceveda get elected Mayor... Does Billings move up in rank? SO MUCH LINGERING... Maybe they will come back with a season 8...Maybe they just said it was over to get up the hype for the surprise return of season 8????
Jes

San Francisco, CA

#17 Nov 26, 2008
Wow...I can't believe this ride is over. We were warned that we would never guess how this would end. After seeing the finale, I now think there was no other way it could end. Throughout the years I have embraced these very complex characters. I loved Vic Mackey despite his sins b/c I've seen the way he loves his family, his team, and because he also does a lot of good for his city. I excused his crimes b/c, most of the time, he did more good than bad. He was a good guy who did a few bad things. They all had their strengths and weaknesses, that made them real. And this very "real" show had a very "real" ending.
However, the finale was not as emotional for me as it seems to have been for other fans. Ever since the death of Lem, I have been somewhat numb. I loved Lem, and mourned his death like a real family member's. While I still cared about what happened to the rest of the cast, I was also somewhat callous to their fate. Nothing could hurt as bad as seeing Lem die.
Susan

Chicago, IL

#18 Nov 26, 2008
Man, I'm going to miss this show, one of the best ever. I'm holding out hope there will be a "Shield" film that picks up where the TV series ended. I guess I need to buy the last couple of seasons on DVD because I'm already going into withdrawal.
zig

United States

#19 Nov 27, 2008
I'll never use the term "Family Meeting" again.
Shield Fan

East Hartford, CT

#20 Jan 6, 2009
It looked like he was planning to do something nasty and then take off on his own.

Maybe a big budget Hollywood picture is in the works?

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