Raw-edged 'Shield' ends

Raw-edged 'Shield' ends

There are 15 comments on the Baltimore Sun story from Nov 25, 2008, titled Raw-edged 'Shield' ends. In it, Baltimore Sun reports that:

And I am surprised at how little emotion I feel about the finale. Once upon a time, I was crazy about this cop drama and its lead character, rogue LAPD detective Vic Mackey .

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Dutch is Cooked

Baltimore, MD

#1 Nov 25, 2008
In my opinion, this has been the best season of the series. I felt that the last two seasons were kind of lackluster and meandering, with fill-in celebrity cops like Forrest Whittaker and Glenn Close coming into the barn. This season, with the show coming to an end, it's been non-stop action and a looming feeling of dread leading me to believe that, unlike the Sopranos, the series will go out with a bang and not a whimper.
Garfield Rogers

Baltimore, MD

#2 Nov 25, 2008
Newspapers are struggling to survive. One would think a news columnist or journalist might make a little bit of effort to make sure they generate a quality product. This review of the finale of a seven year series is very simply pathetic. when you no longer have a newspaper and/or a job, reflect on the quality of this piece. Absolutely nada!

Fall River, MA

#3 Nov 25, 2008
You couldnt be more wrong. Tonights finale will be epic

Milford, IN

#4 Nov 25, 2008
This guy couldn't be more wrong. I think this season has been one of the best, if not the best of all of them. This last show has me so anxious and I really, really like how they sort of made Vic a little softer in the beginning of this season and then last week with the admittance of what all he had done to get his 'pardon', it actually made you see how bad Vic was/is!! Brilliant writing and I truly believe that this show is one of very few that is actually going out on top; too many show fade away and stay on wayyyyy too long but not this one. Like Dutch is Cooked stated, this show better not go out like The Sopranos did; I want this to be an epic, unexpected ending unlike any other. I think it will!!

Concord, CA

#5 Nov 25, 2008
As per usual David Z is completely wrong in what he puts forth in print. How anyone could say that The Shield has been on one season too long is beyond me. I wish the show would stay on a few more years. Before I even pulled up the review I was praying that David Z would give it poor marks, because then I know it is in fact going to be great. Good rule of thumb to follow, is whatever David Z says, the opposite is more often than not true.

“Trust, but Verify”

Since: Oct 08

Baltimore, MD

#6 Nov 25, 2008
I'm with Steve. Now I'm looking forward to it even more than I was, since Zurawik doesn't like it.

How he can possibly say it stayed on one season too long is beyond me. There was a story to tell. Shawn Ryan has brilliantly told that story in 90 episodes.

I think the show will go out with a bang, but probably not the bang everyone will be expecting.

Or it could end with Vic getting hit in the head with a golf ball and waking up as the police commissioner of a small Connecticut town.....

Chicago, IL

#7 Nov 25, 2008
Wow, kick Greta Van Susteren and now whack Vic Mackey. But I suppose you go all weak in the knees over Rachel Maddow and 30 Rock. Sad, predictable, boring ... baaa.
J Woo

United States

#9 Nov 25, 2008
Garfield Rogers read my mind in his above post.

Dundalk, MD

#10 Nov 25, 2008
If only this show were anywhere near the Wire.

good article, the show has not been on par this season

United States

#12 Nov 25, 2008
Wow. David Simon's depiction of your newspaper on "The Wire" was deadly accurate, a bunch of witless hacks. Isn't it so fitting that Clark Johnson, the fed-up newspaper man from that show directed the first and last episodes of "The Shield?" (he did the same for "The Wire"). This is one of the best shows in the history of television that kept shocking us with events that were believable and always troubling. The writing, acting, and directing were the best around. Way off.

Newmarket, Canada

#13 Nov 26, 2008
You must have been watching a different episode then me. I feel like I've been kicked in the gut with the scene that's unfortunately going to keep me awake long into the night.
I guess with all the other critics heaping praise on this episode maybe an opposing view is necessary to stand out.

Coppell, TX

#14 Nov 26, 2008
How ironic, as a criminal, corrupt president is finally getting the hell out of dodge, the same is happening to corrupt "law enforcement officer" Vic Mackey!

Dallas, TX

#15 Nov 26, 2008
After watching the final two episodes of "The Shield" - arguably the best cop show and one of the best shows of all time - I felt that these were two of the finest TV episodes I have had the pleasure to watch. Amazing work by Ryan and the other writers, outstanding acting by Chiklis and the rest. This is how an head-spinningly fantastic series should end. And I was glad to see afterwards that numerous TV critics had the exact same reaction to what will surely go down as one of the best series finales ever. That is, until I came across this pathetic excuse of a review. It is not that the writer does not like "The Shield". It is that he is too lazy to offer any real arguments as to why he feels this way. Truly pathetic piece of journalism.

Springfield, IL

#16 Nov 26, 2008
I enjoyed watching The Shield in the beginning but then it just got too far fetched.

The Wire from HBO was hands down the better police drama. If you want to talk about realism, watch The Wire.

Don't get wrong wrong, I did like The Shield but it was not as realistic.
Garfield Rogers

Baltimore, MD

#18 Nov 28, 2008
Having watched the episode now, this show was a great finale to what was the best season ever of the the best done police drama of all time. I can understand a difference in taste and that some may not share my view but this so-called "critic" is a pathetic, lazy hack who uses intellectually dishonest and dismissive conclusions rather than any attempt to engage in a substantive critique of the show. Its no wonder this paper is struggling.

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