Monday, July 20, 2009

The Shield Is Pretty Damn Good

Every summer, I try to pick one now-cancelled TV show that, for whatever reason, I never got to catch when it was on the air. I get my sweaty little hands on every season of that show, and watch it, from beginning to end, as quickly as I can.

I’m really not sure how this little “tradition” of mine got started. I guess, since I really don’t watch much television at all during the summer, it must have made sense to me at some point to use these few months to finally watch a show that I normally wouldn’t have time for during the rest of the year.

Last summer, it was Arrested Development. Before that, it was Buffy, the Vampire Slayer.

This summer, I decided it was finally time to take a bite out of The Shield.

I’ve been watching this show like a crack fiend for over a month now. I’m currently finishing up Season 6, before I continue at my breakneck speed with the final Season, number 7.

I always knew that I would like this show, and now that I am finishing it up, it certainly hasn’t failed to disappoint.

I think what sets it apart from other typical cop-dramas that I’ve watched over the years, is that the main character, Vic Mackey, isn’t merely the stereotypical “Cop who doesn’t play by the books” that we’ve all seen in a thousand other movies and television shows.

Mackey is nowhere NEAR that black and white of a character. He doesn’t just PUSH boundaries, he fucking SHATTERS them. And although you might still call him a “good guy”, he certainly doesn’t always act like one.

In fact, one of the things that initially drew me to the show was that, in the first episode, he does something SO evil that I couldn’t see how they could center a show around someone so irredeemable.

And THAT, in a nutshell, is where this show shines. The past 6 seasons have all basically revolved around the repercussions of what happened in that first episode. Every season, the noose seems to tighten a little more for Vic. It’s quite clear that, at the conclusion of the show, Vic Mackey will finally pay the price for what he did in that first episode. It’s only a matter of time.

It’s been a great summer show to kill some summer nights on.


vixen kitten said...

I LOVE this show!

I don't ever watch tv. I always wait for things to come out on DVD and watch them back to back like crack fiend too.

I can't tell you how many nights I went to work with 2 hours of sleep because I stayed up too late watching this, telling myself "just one more episode!"

Have you seen Six Feet Under yet? I didn't think it would be something I'd enjoy, but a reader of mine really pushed it. I figured I'd give it a try. Liked it so much I bought the series. Maybe a possibility for next summer for you.

Hope your day is beautiful, Handsome.


PS Great tag on this post!

Mrs. Hall said...

Yeah, a lot of shows these days have a central characters with amoral centers.

For instance-the Sopranos had the sociopath that was Tony, Weeds has the devoid of caring and non self serving emotions that is Nancy, et cetera, et cetera.

Now, this is a bit of a twist on things. It seems to be a trend in modern entertainment.

I mean, usually, when a show is written, there is a hero at the forefront. And the drama comes from the heros interactions with the bad, evil world. Usually there is a foil, a nemesis (?) if you will.

There is a whole crop of shows with the evil nemesis at the center.

This irks me a bit. I mean, i get invested when I watch things. I start to care about the characters.

How am I suppose to root and cheer and let myself be fulling engrossed if I can't resolve what a sociopath, asshole, morally bankrupt and or shallow jerk they are on the screen.

This is my issue with Lost really. I can't stand 99% of the characters because they suck for one or more of the above reasons.

Yet!! Still goddamn watching that show aren't I? grrr...

These kinds of shows, these serial type shows (like the shield), frickin get their hooks into you. You see glimmers of humanness. Bits of hope that there will be a resolution.

Or at least confirmation that what the viewer sees in the characters does not directly relate to themselves.

Put another way, perhaps we keep watching for some bit of information, a scene or something that let's us know that their type of evil has nothing to do with the rest of us people, in the human race.

Let's hope that bit, the resolution and the confirmation that 'the shield's' evil is nothing of our sort, comes soon.

keep us posted Slyde.

And have you seen the Sopranos?

I hear that was based somewhere in your neck of the woods. ;)

Slyde said...

vixen: already responded to you over on your site. but i'll say again that i LOVED 6 feet under. best series finale ever!

holly: yup, i watched the sopranos religiously when it was on. It was KINDA based on my neck of the woods. The sopranos were a new jersery family. Im a long island boy. from my house to tony's would probably be a 2-3 hour drive..

Heff said...

Never seen it. I have a couple of bud's that swear it's an awesome show, though.

Chris H said...

I have seen a few episodes of that show and liked them too.
How do you watch the entire thing in one go? Do you buy the DVD's or what?

sybil law said...

I have the boxed set upstairs and I have yet to watch it. I really need to do that! Thanks for the reminder (my friend loaned it to me to watch)!

Verdant Earl said...

What you forget to mention is that many years ago, I made you (or urged you) to watch the first episode of The Shield.

You loved it. As did I. But you also said you didn't want to include a new show in your viewing lineup. I also dropped out soon afterward, but still.

I was there first, and I told you about it. And you didn't give me credit.

You suck.


mo.stoneskin said...

I also like rattling through a series. Currently devouring The Wire. The Shield sounds like it should be on my list.

James said...

I don't think we get that here. But, I could be wrong, I don't watch TV anyway, except for the Apprentice and that is over until next year.

Cocaine Princess said...

I absolutely loved Arrested Development. It was so brilliantly written and the humor was tops! It's a shame Fox decided not to renew it however, I did read a movie is in the works.

badgerdaddy said...

Come on, come on, come on... "it certainly hasn’t failed to disappoint" means that it HAS disappointed...

Slyde said...

heff: your buds are right.

chrish: i had actually gotten s1 2 years ago as a christmas present, but never got around to watching it.

last month i finally did, and loved it enough to rent all the other seasons from my library.

sybil: awwww, you could have come over and we could have watched it together...

earl: in your old age, you must be losing your marbles.

you DID tell me to watch it, but i never saw even ONE episode until last month...

Slyde said...

mo: funny you mentioned the wire.

the wire was SUPPOSED to be my summer series to watch this year, but i caught 1 ep of the shield and just never stopped.

the wire will be next summer, no doubt.

james: yup, im all in for the apprentice next season too.

cocaine: yup, the movie is a go. i believe they are filming in a few months...

badger: yeah, i know. i suck. i just is not strong typer.

Kimberly said...

Never seen it. I thought the lead guy was kinda a corrupt cop? Wonder where I got that idea?

Verdant Earl said...

Hmmm...I was pretty sure that you had watched the pilot back in the day and you just didn't want to add another TV show to your viewing schedule. OK. My bad.

Unknown said...

Not once did you mention how hot and sexy you are. Geez. You are slipping!

Now I have to watch this. I'm guessing you rented it on DVD? I need something good to watch, cause there is almost NOTHING on TV right now.

Slyde said...

kim: he is VERY corrupt.. you got it right.

earl: yup.

bina: i know.. i must be slipping. Feel free to just add that part in yourself..

teeni said...

I watched Arrested Development not long ago on Hulu! I loved it! If you ever saw Soap when you were younger - it totally reminds me of that show. Anyway, the Shield was great too - it was one of the rare shows that I would enjoy watching with the hubby. I like watching entire cancelled shows all at once but I am sometimes disappointed when I get to the end and need a little adjustment period. LOL. Do you feel that way after watching a good series?

Anonymous said...

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Classy touch ;)

Candy's daily Dandy said...

I've never watched it. But now since you've tempted me with what happens in the first episode, I feel a strange urgency to watch it immediately.

That's how I roll, ya know.

Real Live Lesbian said...

Well, now...there's a tease. First, I've gotta google what he did on that first episode! Then, I'll have to watch.

Tell me you're gettin' a kickback.

~The South Dakota Cowgirl~ said...

I utterly love this show as well!

Nej said...

The Shield is also on my list.

I finally took a weekend not too long ago to watch and get current on Weeds.

And, I have all seasons of Buffy in my hands the other day. I watched them in real time....but thought it would be fun to revisit this summer.

I'm more of a hermit in the summer, than in the winter these days. Just can't stomach the heat. :-) :-)