'The Shield': One of TV history's gre...

'The Shield': One of TV history's great finales

There are 44 comments on the Newsday story from Nov 24, 2008, titled 'The Shield': One of TV history's great finales. In it, Newsday reports that:

Michael Chiklis , left, as Det. Vic Mackey and David Rees Snell as Det. Ronnie Gardocki in the series finale of "The Shield" airing Nov.

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Fairfield, CT

#41 Nov 26, 2008
Jewelz wrote:
I agree, I too was disappointed with the ending...
The ending with the moms body next to Dutch 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????
But that is precisely it. Even though the show is over for us, we assume that the lives of the characters go on. We just don't get to see it.
jon derek

Chicago, IL

#42 Nov 26, 2008
Had to be that kind of ending. You couldn't let Vic get away with the things he had done, albeit these were the things in many ways he was forced to do. Want the drugs and the gangs fought? Then you need guys like Vic to become like the street and there is a fine line that can get crossed. Many of the good guys were the typical good guys that just simply get away with things. Good thing they had Vic to do the heavy work. Ronny ended up the most stand up of all of them and he was played by Vic. I'd like to see the ICE Queen get popped. Maybe that is where Vic was going.

United States

#43 Nov 27, 2008
I think those of your dissappointed with the finale are failing to face two facts:

1. The show was ending.
2. It was okay to like Vic Macky, but after 7 seasons of The Shield, you have recognize what kind of character Vic was.

What made this show great is that every character had their good qualities and their flaws. Vic was a criminal. He was the most popular character on the show, but it did not change who he was. He was a survivor.
There were two set of fans of the show. One that eventually wanted Vic to pay for his crimes and the other who wanted him to get away. This show was brilliantly written in a way to satisfied both camps.
The gun at the end of series was just an indication that even though he is confined to a desk, he is the same guy.
The only flaw I have with the finale is that Vic remained in Los Angeles. A cop killer living
in the jurisdiction of the cop he murdered would invite retaliation from other cops.
As far as the other characters, Detective Wyms is going to die. Acevedo is going to be Mayor. Ronnie is going to be brutally raped then murdered by one of the many gangs he put away. A cop going to prison has no allies. Every other cop indicated what is going to happen to them. "And they lived happily ever after" was never The Shield's mantra. Bravo to the best show that I ever watched on television!


Since: Mar 08

North East Ga

#44 Dec 10, 2008
Ted Nolan wrote:
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Well actually numbnuts, most cops are honest hardworking blue collar people who give their lives to protect people, uphold laws, do community service, fight terrorism, and all too many of them DIE in the line of duty. You obviosly have no idea what your talking about, and I would bet that you are a dirt bag who could never be a cop. A savage like you could never arrest a violent criminal, never console a girl who has just been raped, find a missing child or settle a domestic dispute.
So change your comment!! Vic Mackey acts like how you would if you could get away with it. Not cops in general. Dick
High horse, get off of it. As a cop I can say that most if not all cops would act just like Vic if they could. Maybe not all of it at one time but parts of what he did was effective and right on line with the needs of the world today. Things got done and got done fast. The reason cops don't act that way is the law does not allow it and we swear to uphold the law, but it is frustrating to watch criminals walk away everday in the corupt court system. There is a reason this show is rated as the top show by officers across the country, it reveals what we all want. The ability to deal with killers and scum bags, and make a difference.

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