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The Shield: 43 seconds of Emmy worthy silence.

DevoutlyApatheticDevoutlyApathetic I've Done WorseRegistered User regular
edited July 2010 in Debate and/or Discourse
Once upon a time a jolly police commissioner went about his family and professional life and happily managed to resolve any problems in a convenient one hour time frame. Perhaps sometimes two, I was young and don't really remember. He was so jolly most people probably just told him they'd been very naughty and begged forgiveness from his Santa Claus-like demeanor.

Just look at him:
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Jolly as the day is long.

Then the Commish got canceled despite his jolliness. The commish got angry. To deal with his anger issues he lifted things. He lifted a lot of things. Now he's jolly but for a whole new reason. He's jolly because he knows he can horribly hurt anybody who ever thinks of canceling him ever again.

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The Shield is a serial cop drama in which the cops are the protagonists but they are not heroes. The show repeatedly makes you love and root for Mackey only to brutally remind you that in the grand scheme of things they may be the worst criminals in the district. Yet I still like them. I can't think of a single episode that didn't make me want more or left me feeling disappointed in how it was written/acted. It is flat out amazing to me.

Please remember the importance of spoilers. Huge events happen in the early seasons of the shield so let's respect those who haven't seen it yet. Label your spoilers as to the season. You might want to mention if it happens at the very end of the season or right at the beginning. Examples (Real Spoilers):

Early Season 1:
Spoiler:

Late Season 5:
Spoiler:

The new season starts on the 3rd. I was excited. Then I saw the 15 minute promosode. At this point I'd kill somebody for the season to start right this instant.

Pre-Season 6
Spoiler:


Updated Season 7 links:
There is some promo-web stuff up here.

In reference to the new title a round table discussion about who thought they were going to be capped in the series.

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  • siliconenhancedsiliconenhanced __BANNED USERS
    edited March 2007
    Spoiler:

  • NeadenNeaden Registered User regular
    edited March 2007
    Spoiler:

  • mcdermottmcdermott Registered User regular
    edited March 2007
    Spoiler:
    Spoiler:

  • nexuscrawlernexuscrawler Registered User regular
    edited March 2007
    Man they need to come out with season 5 on DVD already. I need to catch up.

  • TiemlerTiemler Registered User
    edited March 2007
    I was way into it for a while, but stopped following it a couple seasons back. I've kind of followed it from a distance reading spoilers and stuff. Mostly as an epilogue, since I rarely get back into a series I've dropped.

    Dutch was my favorite character, from 'Dragonchasers' right up until I tuned out.

  • DevoutlyApatheticDevoutlyApathetic I've Done Worse Registered User regular
    edited March 2007
    I'm rewatching the series from the start in anticipation of the new season.

    Something I never caught before (Season 1:3)
    Spoiler:

    Trogg wrote: »
    Not as positive as AIDS and cancer, but positive nonetheless.
  • mcdermottmcdermott Registered User regular
    edited March 2007
    I'm rewatching the series from the start in anticipation of the new season.

    Something I never caught before (Season 1:3)
    Spoiler:

    God, I remember that one. Fucking awesome.

  • SentrySentry Registered User regular
    edited March 2007
    Hey can someone spoiler season 5 for me? I missed it (I know, I know, shoot me) and I really want to start watching season 6 when it comes on.

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    wrote:
    When I was a little kid, I always pretended I was the hero,' Skip said.
    'Fuck yeah, me too. What little kid ever pretended to be part of the lynch-mob?'
  • mcdermottmcdermott Registered User regular
    edited March 2007
    Sentry wrote: »
    Hey can someone spoiler season 5 for me? I missed it (I know, I know, shoot me) and I really want to start watching season 6 when it comes on.

    No. Just no. Go fucking watch it. It's only like 13 episodes, you can knock that out in one day off.

  • nexuscrawlernexuscrawler Registered User regular
    edited March 2007
    just found out the dvds for S% come out tommorow

  • SentrySentry Registered User regular
    edited March 2007
    mcdermott wrote: »
    Sentry wrote: »
    Hey can someone spoiler season 5 for me? I missed it (I know, I know, shoot me) and I really want to start watching season 6 when it comes on.

    No. Just no. Go fucking watch it. It's only like 13 episodes, you can knock that out in one day off.

    Didn't realize it was being released Tuesday.

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    wrote:
    When I was a little kid, I always pretended I was the hero,' Skip said.
    'Fuck yeah, me too. What little kid ever pretended to be part of the lynch-mob?'
  • DevoutlyApatheticDevoutlyApathetic I've Done Worse Registered User regular
    edited March 2007
    Sentry wrote: »
    mcdermott wrote: »
    Sentry wrote: »
    Hey can someone spoiler season 5 for me? I missed it (I know, I know, shoot me) and I really want to start watching season 6 when it comes on.

    No. Just no. Go fucking watch it. It's only like 13 episodes, you can knock that out in one day off.

    Didn't realize it was being released Tuesday.

    Forrest Whitaker's (sp?) performance is so bloody awesome it demands to be seen.

    Trogg wrote: »
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  • muninnmuninn Registered User regular
    edited March 2007
    I am really intrigued how the serial killer and Dutch plotline will be resolved...

  • mcdermottmcdermott Registered User regular
    edited March 2007
    Sentry wrote: »
    mcdermott wrote: »
    Sentry wrote: »
    Hey can someone spoiler season 5 for me? I missed it (I know, I know, shoot me) and I really want to start watching season 6 when it comes on.

    No. Just no. Go fucking watch it. It's only like 13 episodes, you can knock that out in one day off.

    Didn't realize it was being released Tuesday.

    Forrest Whitaker's (sp?) performance is so bloody awesome it demands to be seen.

    Academy Award Winner Forest Whitaker now. Wonder if they'll plaster a sticker across the boxed sets.

  • muninnmuninn Registered User regular
    edited March 2007
    mcdermott wrote: »
    Sentry wrote: »
    mcdermott wrote: »
    Sentry wrote: »
    Hey can someone spoiler season 5 for me? I missed it (I know, I know, shoot me) and I really want to start watching season 6 when it comes on.

    No. Just no. Go fucking watch it. It's only like 13 episodes, you can knock that out in one day off.

    Didn't realize it was being released Tuesday.

    Forrest Whitaker's (sp?) performance is so bloody awesome it demands to be seen.

    Academy Award Winner Forest Whitaker now. Wonder if they'll plaster a sticker across the boxed sets.


    Such a likable guy and yet he is amazing at playing such assholes....

  • NeadenNeaden Registered User regular
    edited March 2007
    See thats what I loved about Whitakers character and the shield in general, here he is, doing the right thing and we're all rooting against him. He's trying to put someone away for crimes we know that he's guilty of, horrible things that he has done, and he's the bad guy. Thats some damn good writing.

  • DrezDrez Registered User regular
    edited March 2007
    Neaden wrote: »
    See thats what I loved about Whitakers character and the shield in general, here he is, doing the right thing and we're all rooting against him. He's trying to put someone away for crimes we know that he's guilty of, horrible things that he has done, and he's the bad guy. Thats some damn good writing.

    Yeah, exactly.

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  • NorayNoray Registered User
    edited March 2007
    Neaden wrote: »
    See thats what I loved about Whitakers character and the shield in general, here he is, doing the right thing and we're all rooting against him. He's trying to put someone away for crimes we know that he's guilty of, horrible things that he has done, and he's the bad guy. Thats some damn good writing.

    I was rooting against him because he was a fucking snake. The condescending way he talked to everyone and always had to have the last word pissed me off. Sure he was doing 'the right thing', but he was still a cock. Vic is an asshole to assholes only.

  • nexuscrawlernexuscrawler Registered User regular
    edited March 2007
    I must watch this season.....

  • mcdermottmcdermott Registered User regular
    edited March 2007
    Noray wrote: »
    Neaden wrote: »
    See thats what I loved about Whitakers character and the shield in general, here he is, doing the right thing and we're all rooting against him. He's trying to put someone away for crimes we know that he's guilty of, horrible things that he has done, and he's the bad guy. Thats some damn good writing.

    I was rooting against him because he was a fucking snake. The condescending way he talked to everyone and always had to have the last word pissed me off. Sure he was doing 'the right thing', but he was still a cock. Vic is an asshole to assholes only.

    Like I said, I've been missing The Shield as my regular dose of tasty moral ambiguity.

  • Professor PhobosProfessor Phobos Registered User regular
    edited March 2007
    Noray wrote: »
    Vic is an asshole to assholes only.

    Except for
    Spoiler:

    Vic hurts the people around him as often as he helps them, and he does things as much for himself as he does for anyone else. He's a bad guy.

    But we love him anyway.

  • ArdeArde Registered User
    edited March 2007
    Vic's the poster boy for anti-hero. :)

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  • DrezDrez Registered User regular
    edited March 2007
    Noray wrote: »
    Vic is an asshole to assholes only.

    Except for
    Spoiler:

    Vic hurts the people around him as often as he helps them, and he does things as much for himself as he does for anyone else. He's a bad guy.

    But we love him anyway.

    I'll spoiler this because I don't believe there is any real statute of limitations on spoilers, but it's Season Two talk, so relatively safe and unrelated to anything going on right now:
    Spoiler:
    I thought that was awesome.

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  • Blake TBlake T Registered User regular
    edited March 2007
    Noray wrote: »
    Vic is an asshole to assholes only.

    Except for
    Spoiler:

    Vic hurts the people around him as often as he helps them, and he does things as much for himself as he does for anyone else. He's a bad guy.

    But we love him anyway.

    Vic hurts people who are in his way. He didn't do anything to Tevon, all he did was protect Shane who was again being a dick.

    Saying that though. Shane is my favourite character in the show. He's such a selfish stupid redneck arsehole that he really adds to the show.

    As much as I don't want (S5)
    Spoiler:

    I thought (S3 or 4 I forget)
    Spoiler:

    Also what were you guys talking about with Dutch and
    Spoiler:

  • TiemlerTiemler Registered User
    edited March 2007
    Jesus.

    Yahoo just spoiled the living hell out of The Shield for anyone who hasn't been keeping up. Right on their front page.
    Spoiler:

  • mcdermottmcdermott Registered User regular
    edited March 2007
    Tiemler wrote: »
    Jesus.

    Yahoo just spoiled the living hell out of The Shield for anyone who hasn't been keeping up. Right on their front page.
    Spoiler:

    Not unlike Fark and BSG recently.

  • KetherialKetherial Registered User regular
    edited March 2007
    this is seriously the best television show ever. what i dont understand is why isnt it more popular.

  • NeadenNeaden Registered User regular
    edited March 2007
    Blaket wrote: »
    Noray wrote: »
    Vic is an asshole to assholes only.

    Except for
    Spoiler:

    Vic hurts the people around him as often as he helps them, and he does things as much for himself as he does for anyone else. He's a bad guy.

    But we love him anyway.

    Vic hurts people who are in his way. He didn't do anything to Tevon, all he did was protect Shane who was again being a dick.
    Spoiler:

  • DevoutlyApatheticDevoutlyApathetic I've Done Worse Registered User regular
    edited March 2007
    Finished the first season and am like 2 episodes into the 2nd.
    Spoiler:

    Trogg wrote: »
    Not as positive as AIDS and cancer, but positive nonetheless.
  • DevoutlyApatheticDevoutlyApathetic I've Done Worse Registered User regular
    edited April 2007
    Holy crap. That was awesome...
    Spoiler:

    Forest Whitaker is amazing.

    Trogg wrote: »
    Not as positive as AIDS and cancer, but positive nonetheless.
  • deowolfdeowolf Registered User regular
    edited April 2007
    This show gets better each year. I can't wait for the inevitable conclusion where Vic kills himself rather than deal with Shane being such a dick. I'd almost put that down as my theory for the show's end.

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  • ShalewindShalewind Registered User
    edited April 2007
    deowolf wrote: »
    This show gets better each year. I can't wait for the inevitable conclusion where Vic kills himself rather than deal with Shane being such a dick. I'd almost put that down as my theory for the show's end.

    Or until Vic shoots Shane for being such a dick... promptly going to jail of course (lol). This season is poised to just be getting better, I'll agree.

  • BuntaBunta Registered User
    edited April 2007
    So I just watched last night's episode, wow.
    Spoiler:

  • mcdermottmcdermott Registered User regular
    edited April 2007
    So yeah...that was fucking awesome.
    Spoiler:

  • Dublo7Dublo7 Registered User regular
    edited April 2007
    Man, Forest Whitaker is pretty amazing.

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  • mcdermottmcdermott Registered User regular
    edited April 2007
    Dublo7 wrote: »
    Man, Forest Whitaker is pretty amazing.

    You weren't already aware? He's been in more than his share of bad B-movies, but as an actor I've always been pretty impressed by him.

    I was worried at first that bringing him on would just be another gimmicky guest spot (which is about how I felt about Glenn Close)...but I think he's actually managed to add a lot to the show.

  • GrundlterrorGrundlterror Registered User regular
    edited April 2007
    Wow, that was a really amazing first episode. I thought the fifth season was the best so far, but this one is setting to top that.
    Spoiler:

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  • deowolfdeowolf Registered User regular
    edited April 2007
    So SPIKE is playing the Shield now, 2-4 am - I'd like to thank the night shift for letting me learn that one.

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  • Dublo7Dublo7 Registered User regular
    edited April 2007
    Spoiler:

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  • Alchemist449Alchemist449 Registered User regular
    edited April 2007
    So I'm 8 episodes through season 1 and I just have one question:
    Spoiler:

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