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Will a giant crate of sweet butter crush Julian? Will Dutch be forced to strangle Vic into submission like a stray cat? As he did with season six, my man Capone has graciously agreed to file reports on episodes of “The Shield’s” final season. Note that Kurt Sutter, the “Shield” vet who wrote tonight’s 7th-season opener, is also the creator and showrunner of the Sopranos-y biker drama “Sons of Anarchy,” premiering tomorrow on FX! Hey everyone. Capone in Chicago here, taking one of my rare trips east of the border to the Coaxial column to review the final season of FX's greatest contribution to society, "The Shield," which has been dubbed "The Final Act" for these concluding episodes. Having seen the first eight episodes of what I believe is meant to be a 13-episode wrap up, I can tell you my guts have already been torn out repeatedly, my heart broken many times over, and my sense of good and evil has been twisted around so many times, I don't even recognize which is which. In other words, this is a typical season of "The Shield." The other thing I noticed that isn't quite as status quo for this show is that the final season is its most densely plotted and most political of any that have come before it. Not to put anyone off of trying, but this season of "The Shield" might be the most difficult to simply jump into cold without at least a marathon viewing of Season 6; naturally I would recommend starting from Episode 1.1, because this show is all about the past coming back to haunt its characters. Terry Crowley's name continues to surface, even this many years since the pilot episode. Every individual crime is part of a much bigger picture involving Vic Mackey (Michael Chiklis) and the Strike Team's deep involvement with gangs of murderous Armenians (led my Rezian) and the Mexicans (led by the shrewd real estate developer Pezuela). Vic is still trying to save his badge, but if he can't do that, he wants to leave a crime-busting legacy that no top brass can deny or forget. Here's my attempt at a spoiler-free review of the Season Premiere of the the last season of "The Shield." Title? COEFFICIENT OF DRAG Writer? Kurt Sutter (writer of 16 episodes of the show) Director? Guy Ferland (director of 9 episodes, as well as episodes of "The Riches," "Sleeper Cell," and "Prison Break") Where do we pick things up? Right where we left off. Mackey and Councilman Aceveda (Benito Martinez) have a box of blackmail files for some of the most powerful people in Los Angeles and California, which they have stolen from Pezuela's courier. No one knows they have it, and they know it's the key to both their futures. Vic finds the man who spent two years compiling that intel, and he convinces the guy that his losing the box means his death sentence. He tells Shane (Walton Goggins) to arrange for the guys safe passage to Mexico. Vic and Aceveda agree to hide the blackmail box in a place where only the two of them have the keys. Meanwhile Shane is still picking up the pieces with Vic and his wife (Michelle Hicks) about spilling the beans to the Armenians about the Strike Team's role is stealing the money train cash. When Shane arrives home, he finds his wife bound and gagged. Do Vic and Shane kiss and make good? Not exactly, although Shane's efforts to save Vic's family at the end of the last season go a long way toward making things cool between them. They form an uneasy alliance to track down the man who tried to kill Vic's family. Ronnie (David Rees Snell) is less eager to forget that he and Vic are working with a guy who dropped a grenade in their parter Lem's lap. Hey, don't other people do police work at "The Barn"? Indeed they do. In what is a play I'm not sure long-time fans of the show are going to like. Most of the Barn's other players rarely interact with Vic and the Strike Team. In fact, there is little or no interplay between Vic and Dutch (Jay Karnes) in these first few episodes. That being said, Dutch has stepped up to be the star of his own built-in spin-off within the confines of "The Shield." Dutch has never been more interesting as a person or an investigator than he is this season. And remember that he and Danny (Catherine Dent) hooked up at the end of last season, and incident that is dealt with briefly in a single exchange in this episode. A man walks into the Barn claiming to have arranged for the death of his wife. Since he has already been tried and acquitted, he knows he can't be tried again. But he fears for his life because another player in that crime is now out to get him. The case itself is not that interesting, but it serves as an excuse to bring back Det. Billings (David Marciano), who is still suing the department for an alleged head injury that is causing him memory loss and other ailments. No one is buying his claim, and Dutch even tricks Billings into doing a little detective work while he's in the Barn, a decision Billings may regret. Who brought in the Feds? Laurie Holden's (THE MIST) FBI Agent Olivia Murray sets up shop in the Barn to help out with the Mexican-Armenian situation. She's actually useful to Vic on gathering intel, and we have nothing to worry about from her...nope...nothing at all. Wasn't Vic about to lose his job at some hearing? Vic is sweating bullets for most of this episode about the results of his hearing from last season, but thanks to a little dealing with the blackmail box and help from Pezuela, Vic gets something of a reprieve. What else is happening to some of our old favorites? After the cops raid an Armenian stronghold, Danny is attacked after a fellow officer fails to clear a room. The incident sets up a big change in Danny's life and career. Her former partner, Julien (Michael Jace), is still working on the Strike Team, but he's not part of their inner circle and is often sent off to do grunt work while the dirty dealing get handled by Vic and his crew. Captain Wyms (CCH Pounder) is still dealing with her recently diagnosed lupus, and doing so in secrecy. She knows any sign of weakness makes her a target to the brass. Where do things leave off after one episode? Vic's web of lies successfully pits the Mexicans against the Armenians. Shane makes certain assurances to Vic about the safety of his family. How does it end? "We just sit back and watch the gang war." 10 p.m. Sunday. FX. -- Capone capone@aintitcoolmail.com




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  • Sept. 2, 2008, 2:47 a.m. CST

    Damn

    by Fortunesfool

    I'm a bit behind. Still halfway through season 5 with 6 gathering dust on the dvd shelf.

  • Sept. 2, 2008, 3:07 a.m. CST

    season 6 was a little too crazy for my taste

    by Holodigm

    the stuff with shane and the armenian chick just got too ridiculous. but tina's smoking hot ass more than made up for it!

  • Sept. 2, 2008, 3:29 a.m. CST

    Who's gonna get killed and/or raped this season?

    by F-18

  • Sept. 2, 2008, 3:38 a.m. CST

    Excellent Show

    by masteryoda007

    Nuff Said

  • Sept. 2, 2008, 4:18 a.m. CST

    FINALLY!!!!!!!!!!

    by alice 13

    VIC MACKEY IS BACK TO KICK ASS.

  • Sept. 2, 2008, 6:17 a.m. CST

    its just wrong you got to see these episodes

    by palewook

    before the rest of us. will read your thread tomorrow. don't want the show spoiled tonight.

  • Sept. 2, 2008, 6:54 a.m. CST

    I miss Aceveda's hooker friend.

    by V'Shael

    She was HOT and SO FUCKING KINKY.

  • Sept. 2, 2008, 7:29 a.m. CST

    You can see her on Shawn Ryan's other show The Unit, V'Shael.

    by BrandonGK

    She still pretty hot but only slightly less kinky, (she likes to sleep around on her husband, with his boss.)

  • Sept. 2, 2008, 8:45 a.m. CST

    my end of season theory

    by lex romero

    Dutch or Julian kill Vic to protect The barn/vic's wife/themselves/something else and then cover it up just like vic did with terry. A nice poetic ending, where one of the few "good cops" does something bad to protect themselves just like Vic did.

  • Sept. 2, 2008, 9:34 a.m. CST

    Historic Show

    by fiester

    For my money, a much better show than The Sopranos in terms of excitement and payoff, with acting on a solid footing with any drama ever produced. It never got enough attention, in my opinion.

  • Sept. 2, 2008, 9:59 a.m. CST

    Love this Fucking show!

    by Badass_Harry_Callahan

  • Sept. 2, 2008, 10:07 a.m. CST

    It's a great show....

    by TinSpider

    but really needs some better swearing. If a show ever needed to over use the fuck word, this is it.

  • Sept. 2, 2008, 10:22 a.m. CST

    Not true, TinSpider...

    by MisterE

    They've used the pussy word, as in "Your wife's pussy tastes like sweet butter!", so swearing has been adequately covered.

  • Sept. 2, 2008, 11:23 a.m. CST

    Da Shield

    by Cobbio

    God I'm excited for tonight. The show is like crack, and I just can't beat my habit. Gotta have some!<p> Can't wait.

  • Sept. 2, 2008, 12:26 p.m. CST

    YWPTLSB

    by palewook

    sweet butter was one the funny lines ever uttered during the shield's run. <p> can't wait for tonight!

  • Sept. 2, 2008, 1:13 p.m. CST

    I can't wait.

    by nyj_et

    I just know that unlike so many other shows, this one is not going to disappoint with it's finale.

  • Sept. 2, 2008, 1:23 p.m. CST

    How have these eps not leaked?

    by blue1622

    What the hell? Last year, Shield season 6 and Dexter season 2 were all over the torrent sites, before they aired. How is F/X sending out 8 episodes, and NONE of them leak?

  • Sept. 2, 2008, 1:28 p.m. CST

    The wait is finally over!

    by DarthJedi

    This has got to be the single most consistently written show in the last 10 years. I haven't missed an episode yet and is the only other series besides Firefly, ST:TOS, ST:TNG and BSG that I own the entire series of (or will when the last seasons come out on DVD). As much as I'd like to see him get off, Vic has got to pay the piper somehow for all the shit he's done(good intentions aside). Aceveda should go down in flames as well. Hard to accept this is the last season.

  • Sept. 2, 2008, 2:43 p.m. CST

    Dutch mistakes Tina for a stray cat and strangles her.

    by IAmJack'sUserID

    Tina gets back at Dutch for when he peeked in on Kevin giving her the flesh ram by sneaking around his house, meowing like a cat. Dutch comes out and strangles her, the last sound we hear is her dead body plopping on the ground..."Created by Shawn Ryan"

  • Sept. 2, 2008, 3:26 p.m. CST

    Season 6 on P2P and newsgroups...

    by Strabo

    Season 6 appeared on the net early because it was airing on a French cable network two weeks, IIRC, before it was airing on FX in the US. They weren't screener rips.

  • Sept. 2, 2008, 3:27 p.m. CST

    And btw...

    by Strabo

    I can't fucking wait for tonight. Five and a half hours to go!

  • Sept. 2, 2008, 4:08 p.m. CST

    I liked Wymms as Dutch's partner better.

    by kravmaguffin

    Her as captain isn't as good. I hope Vic doesn't eat a bullet or go to jail. I really think the ultimate mindfrak would be to have him promoted to captain.

  • Sept. 2, 2008, 4:22 p.m. CST

    I hope the Frenchkies strike again

    by Toby___Wong

    this year and deliver 2 episodes a week. After being totally disappointed with the season start of Prison Break I am 100 percent sure that The Shield will not disappoint. Bring on the Strike Team.

  • Sept. 2, 2008, 5:08 p.m. CST

    Best show ever

    by Bob of the Shire

    I'm amazed at how consistently excellent the show is. It's better than any of us really deserve.

  • Sept. 2, 2008, 5:14 p.m. CST

    Spoiler free my ass..!

    by Stalkeye

    Hah, you mentioned enough hints of what may occur atleast during the first 1-2 eps.Netherless I am very excited that the finale is finally airing. Thanks to the writer's strike, we had to wait over a year..(I think.)CCH is not only great as Claudette, but let's not forget her role in Justice League Unlimited.That Amanda was one ruthless bitch.

  • Sept. 2, 2008, 5:32 p.m. CST

    FINALLY....

    by C00L DUD3

    Ugghh...the anticipation has been killin' my azz. Can't wait for tonight's season premiere!!?! And, that's sweet about the past season's pricing...I'm gonna have to take advantage and build my library. I love this show, it'll be sad to have it go...

  • Sept. 2, 2008, 10:20 p.m. CST

    Damn! Forgot how much I miss this show...

    by br1947

    if this show ends with Shane still alive I'll be majoorly pissed off

  • Sept. 2, 2008, 10:50 p.m. CST

    Laying Money...

    by Rob in WI

    Ronnie's the only one living through this, and I'm laying money on him offing Vic and Shane. Ronnie was awesome in this episode.

  • Sept. 2, 2008, 10:53 p.m. CST

    Oh my god

    by Strabo

    I didn't think it could escalate like this. The Strike Team has, from the start, played gangs and gang members against each other; but they have, for the most part, done it to _stop_ the violence, not start or exacerbate it. These three men just did something that they haven't done before: they've incited a gang war that looks like it's going to tear the city apart, and they did it to cover up their own crimes. Lem would _never_ have gone along with this. Holy shit.

  • Sept. 2, 2008, 11:15 p.m. CST

    That was amazing

    by JustSomeDude899

    They have all gone over the edge. Watch out for Ronnie.

  • Sept. 2, 2008, 11:20 p.m. CST

    Cassidy

    by JustSomeDude899

    What do you think was with Cassidy at the end?

  • Sept. 2, 2008, 11:40 p.m. CST

    JustSomeDude899

    by Strabo

    If you mean the scene where Corrine and Mara were talking, Cassidy was alone at the bottom of the stairs.

  • Sept. 3, 2008, 1:04 a.m. CST

    Ronnie is so killing Shane...

    by shaneo632

    I think he's gone over the edge now he's got the taste of blood. Fucking sweet episode. Billings was hilarious with his whole "cum-stained cock" speech to that woman.

  • Sept. 3, 2008, 2:54 a.m. CST

    Hope Forest Whittaker comes back

    by mhennessey7

    Best. Character. Ever.

  • Sept. 3, 2008, 4:27 a.m. CST

    Hope Anthony Anderson returns

    by Stalkeye

    Antwon:Best Shield villian thus far.However that Armenian Mob chick has potentual.Best part of the episode would be how Dutch played on Billings' ego to expose himself for the fraud that he is. Shiiit Batman ain't the only greatest detective.It would be an interesting twist if Ronnie killed both Vic and Shane to either make ammends for his past involvment or his way of avenging Lem's murder or that he's another Shane in the making.For a second I thought Danny would be killed off, but now you know "it's on" between her and tina.The Wire ain't got shit on The Shield.

  • Sept. 3, 2008, 4:30 a.m. CST

    Strabo

    by JustSomeDude899

    I saw that. I'm wondering why.

  • Sept. 3, 2008, 6:23 a.m. CST

    loved the nod to magnum force

    by palewook

    with the car driving through the window full of bad guys.

  • Sept. 3, 2008, 7:04 a.m. CST

    awesome.

    by alice 13

    vic is back baby. fuck i love this show.

  • Sept. 3, 2008, 7:35 a.m. CST

    Stalkeye:i like the clay davis shiiit reference

    by bauer316

    after seein how much ronnie has learned and seein him step up i think one of 2 things happen.1st in both scenerios shane gets wacked,vic,ronnie,"accidental" bullet in a gang war,someway he is done.I think then either Ronnie,who might also become captain,realizes the only person left that knows all his dirt is vic,and the series ends with ronnie telling vic something like ive learned from the best,yada yada yada,and blows vic away.Or 2nd,and this would be so awesome,Vic stays alive,keeps his badge,out politics Acevada,and vic becomes captain at the end

  • Sept. 3, 2008, 7:46 a.m. CST

    R.I.P. The Shield

    by Bill Brasky

    You know, I often criticize the haters on this sight: you know, the ones that come out and blast just for shit’s sake. The whole ‘Lost’ sucks, ‘Heroes’ suck crowd. But I have to say, I was not very impressed with last night's episode. I think that The Shield has run its course. Be honest with yourself and you may see my point. I feel that the characters can no longer improve or evolve. It’s almost like college. Did any of you have any friends for the four (or in my case six) years that you were in school that stayed constant? You got used to them, their attitudes and quirks. After a while, it became comforting to know who your friends were and also that there wouldn’t be many surprises from them. Ok, those guys are kinda boring now, several years later. I see them, and I reminisce, we get lunch, but there's nothing new. They are stuck in 1998. I feel that way about The Shield. Vic grimaces, Shane whines, Dutch outsmarts, Julien low-mumbles, Danny demurely saunters, Aceveda sucks...er...is constantly maneuvering for power, Claudette is out to get Vic, and Ronnie kinda just hangs around and waits for shit to happen...like my friend who used to just sit on the same couch and smoke pot 24/7; Although Ronnie did blast that guy last night. Oh, and there's always a smoking hot babe who just happens to be attracted to short, half muscle-half pudgy bald cops who are constantly pissed off - enter the unbelievably MILF-sexy Laurie Holden's FBI Agent Olivia Murray. Anyone taking bets that Vic isn't mashing that by the end of episode 7.6? The Shield is an awesome show and the first three seasons make up some of the most solid TV ever produced. But things run their course. I'll watch the next 12 episodes, and I may even enjoy some of it, but I will ultimately be glad that it is the final season.

  • Sept. 3, 2008, 10:07 a.m. CST

    I got into FX's NipTuck, Rescue Me,

    by skimn

    even the 1 seasoner Lucky, which I think got shafted. But I never could get past the first few episodes of the first season of The Shield. I have nothing against it, it just didn't ring my bell. I watched last nights ep, to see what all the fuss was about and to see if I could get in the groove. From what I could tell, Bill Brasky's rundown and opinion seems pretty spot on.

  • Sept. 3, 2008, 10:31 a.m. CST

    Get Real

    by Screwbini

    The Shield is a good, solid, entertaining show, but it's not even in the same league as "The Wire".

  • Sept. 3, 2008, 10:32 a.m. CST

    And no press screenings for Sons Of Anarchy?

    by skimn

    Read 1 so-so review in USA Today...not a good sign.

  • Sept. 3, 2008, 10:41 a.m. CST

    They waited too long

    by gruntybear

    I'm just not "into" these characters anymore. I couldn't even remotely remember the intricate set-up from last season's conclusion. Was it all really compressed into a couple of days? Did we not resolve anything last season? I'm not really looking forward to 8 episodes of leading Shane on until we get the final smack-down. Why not do it now? Why drag it out the full season?

  • Sept. 3, 2008, 11:12 a.m. CST

    The Shield > The Wire

    by Toby___Wong

    Deal with it.

  • Sept. 3, 2008, 11:41 a.m. CST

    skimn - Sons of Anarchy

    by palewook

    http://tinyurl.com/65g5hd <p> tons of reviews available via google search/news. it just hasn't been covered on aicn.

  • Sept. 3, 2008, 12:05 p.m. CST

    Bill Brasky, you’re pretty much wrong on all counts.

    by TheLastCleric

    Firstly, I hate it when people use that “search your feelings/be honest with yourself” bullshit. Frankly, it’s painfully annoying and essentially insults the intelligence of those of us who are enjoying the hell out of this show so how about we put that stupid shit away, yes? As to your criticisms, everything you wrote is pretty much dead wrong and suggests that you either aren’t paying attention or just felt like being contrarian. Regardless, your long-winded analogy about old friends was not only pedantic but was also irrelevant considering that the characters in The Shield have continued to evolve and change throughout the progression of the show. I mean, it’s cute that you can throw out a few adjectives describing some of the characters as proof that the show is stagnant, but do those descriptions ring true? Is the Aceveda from season 1 really the same man who had his rapist killed in season 4? Is the Shane who played videogames with Lem in season 3 really the same guy who dropped a grenade in Lem's lap? Also, did Julian really mumble? Did Danny really act demurely? Personally, I didn’t see either of those behaviors in last night’s episode. Also, I’d really like to point out that Vic is an emotional wreck, torn and tattered on the inside. I agree the man grimaces but his signature arrogance is mostly gone, replaced with despair and desperation. Personally, I think The Shield has been one of the most consistently great shows ever to emerge from the medium and I think the evolution of the main characters and the various storylines have been handled very well. Feel free to disagree but I’d love for you to name a better show with better realized and evolved characters because frankly, there are few shows that can even approach what The Shield has accomplished.

  • Sept. 3, 2008, 1:55 p.m. CST

    If I have any complaints about The Shield...

    by IAmJack'sUserID

    ...is how the plot folds and bends around Vic Mackey and the Strike Team. The folding and bending happens to either get Vic and co. out of trouble or deeper into it, without rest. The plot just becomes too apparent and obvious sometimes. For example, when Shane has the brick in his SUV lifted from the Armenians (first time we see Margos) and he stops by to get laid, his SUV gets stolen! A little too "yeah right" for me. Don't get me wrong, I love the show. In fact I just went through the ENTIRE series again recently. It's just that doing that really exposes the seams. <p></p> Still dug last night ep. Liked the "final Jeopardy" thing, as well as Vic busting through the store because he "took a wrong turn".

  • Sept. 3, 2008, 2:11 p.m. CST

    No need TheLastCleric, no need...

    by Bill Brasky

    First, I hate it when people use the Bushism 'Firstly' to start off a thought. "Firstly, I never even got my high school diploma..." Anyway, of course I knew that there would be a long-winded response by a true fellatio artist such as yourself. Ok, oK, you've sucked off the show and they love you for it! (Especially Aceveda) Sorry that I don't fit into your dystopian version of a Stalanistic future, but I still disagree with you. There is dissent. The characters have no more room to grow, the violence and gore is repetitive and and the storyline revolves around a cold blooded murder that the main character (Vic, who you are supposed to root for) committed seven years ago! Oh, and Julien mumbles through the whole series! God, I can't wait until I don't have to watch this anymore...oh...I guess I win.

  • Sept. 3, 2008, 2:13 p.m. CST

    Here's to Bill Brasky!!!

    by Bill Brasky

    Bitches.

  • Sept. 3, 2008, 2:16 p.m. CST

    Toby Wong, Charlie-Fucking-Chan

    by Bill Brasky

    Stringer Bell, Omar, Marlo, and anyone of those corner boys owns any Bizlat or Armenian piece of shit on The Shield. Especially Omar.

  • Sept. 3, 2008, 2:23 p.m. CST

    Nothing like cheering yourself to win hearts.

    by IAmJack'sUserID

    Ok, Bill. We've heard your part. Take a few minutes to calm down and then go bitch somewhere else.

  • Sept. 3, 2008, 2:41 p.m. CST

    mmmmmbbbbblleeee......I'm gay and black....

    by Bill Brasky

    And neither had anything to do with it. Watch the show. Listen to him talk. Mumble, mumble, mumble.

  • Sept. 3, 2008, 2:42 p.m. CST

    Oh, and IAmJack'sUserID...

    by Bill Brasky

    It's Bill Brasky's tag line. Dude, wake up and watch some Saturday Night Live, circa mid 1990's.

  • Sept. 3, 2008, 2:44 p.m. CST

    Yes, he is black and does speak better than many white people.

    by Bill Brasky

    God, what a contrived piece of Politically Correct Bullshit. Or are you trying to highlight that black people don't speak as well as white people do? OK racists, what else is on your plate today? Jews? Mexicans?

  • Sept. 3, 2008, 2:58 p.m. CST

    I can understand Julien perfectly.

    by BrandonGK

    Either you need to turn your tv up, or your just looking for reasons to bitch.

  • Sept. 3, 2008, 3 p.m. CST

    So the black thing was the only reply you had?

    by IAmJack'sUserID

    And who cares what your namesake is from? Doesn't change how annoying you are.

  • Sept. 3, 2008, 3:02 p.m. CST

    Annoying?

    by Bill Brasky

    Dude, just look at your childish user ID. Oh, you are soooo cool Jack. Loser.

  • Sept. 3, 2008, 3:27 p.m. CST

    My user ID may be "childish", but you're the one...

    by IAmJack'sUserID

    ...actually acting childish. Loser? Did you actually go through the whole motion and do the 'L-shaped hand' to the forehead thing? I can see you doing that right now as you squirm seethingly in your chair. <p></p> Besides I'd like to hear your explanation on what makes a user ID childish. In case you don't know, or your intense anger keeps you from rational thought, my ID comes from 'Fight Club', a decidely non-childish R-rated movie. Yours comes from a show that hasn't been funny in well over a decade.

  • Sept. 3, 2008, 3:45 p.m. CST

    Ronnie.............

    by Cisco Dyke

    finally got some! my gf was cringing!

  • Sept. 3, 2008, 4:07 p.m. CST

    Ronnie is...

    by Imagikafan

    definitely going to take out Shane by the end of the season.

  • Sept. 3, 2008, 9:39 p.m. CST

    So good

    by aversiontherapy2

    It's nice to see a show that's consistent from season to season.

  • Sept. 4, 2008, 2:31 a.m. CST

    Bill Brasky

    by Toby___Wong

    Omar would get owned by the first street hooker in The Shield. Antwon Mitchell would make Omar his bitch just like that. Deal with the fact that The Shield > The Wire. Accept it from the one who knows.

  • Sept. 4, 2008, 10:26 a.m. CST

    Bill Brasky, now you're just boring.

    by TheLastCleric

    Insult my intelligence? Check? Make some homosexual/oral sex remark? Check. Accuse me of lacking education? Check. At least have the common courtesy to come up with some original material, especially when claiming to be even remotely intellectual. Also, your "arguments" are incredibly poor and read like a moron equipped with a thesaurus. "Sorry that I don't fit into your dystopian version of a Stalanistic future, but I still disagree with you." is not only a clunky sentence but has absolutely nothing to do with a conversation about a TV show. You really should march right on down to that community college and get your money back. Also, your increasingly hostile comments about the show illustrate that you are in fact a troll, so good luck with that. I’d tell you to get a life but perhaps it would be more prudent to suggest you get a personality, a functioning intellect, and some perspective. Now scuttle along and go watch something on the CW network.

  • Sept. 4, 2008, 3:50 p.m. CST

    Didn't take long

    by optimus122

    for the true Bill Brasky to pop out..can't take the heat bro , stay off the website. You got your ass handed to you by ThelastCleric...live with it and move on.

  • Sept. 4, 2008, 6:32 p.m. CST

    Toby_Wong

    by Screwbini

    Are you sure you've ever seen The Wire? Because it's clear you know nothing about Omar if you think he wouldn't have been a formidable opponent for ANYBODY in The Shield. I defy you to show me where The Shield is better than The Wire on any level. I'm not talking about which show you personally enjoy more. Where is the writing, acting, directing and overall storytelling better on The Shield than on The Wire? I just don't see it. Face it - when Bill Brasky is right, he's RIGHT!!!

  • Sept. 4, 2008, 10:48 p.m. CST

    Screwbini = Bill Brasky?

    by IAmJack'sUserID

    It's a little TOO obvious, and if not you need to get off his junk. <p></p> You, like Brasky, are trying to pass off your opinion as fact. Quality of "writing, acting, directing and overall storytelling" IS a matter of personal enjoyment and opinion. It isn't FACT which is better or more enjoyable, it's OPINION. <p></p> Personally, as a fan of both shows, I find each have their own strengths and weaknesses. The Shield has a much more visceral storytelling style, and a result is more quickly paced and has more dynamic characters. The Wire on the other hand is much more procedural, and doesn't rise and fall as dramatically as The Shield. So for fast action and quickly moving story, I'd pick The Shield. For a more subtle, more realistic approach to the same genre, I'd take The Wire. I love both shows however, and would be hard pressed to have to choose one.

  • Sept. 4, 2008, 11:48 p.m. CST

    Dutch chokes his chicken

    by Mullah Omar

    Dutch had better strangle someone this year or this whole series has been for naught.

  • Sept. 5, 2008, 4:16 a.m. CST

    Screwbini

    by Toby___Wong

    I don't watch a show because of its writing and who knows what else. I watch it because of its entertainment value. If the actors also do some great acting it's a bonus. That's all that counts for me. I also watched The Wire and the entertainment value is much lower in The Wire. With the Wire you don't sit on the edge of your seat and with The Shield you do. Quite frankly, sometimes The Wire is really boring because things develop too slowly.I enjoy both shows but they are a different kind of breed. The writing on The Wire might be better, but the entertainment value is lower than the entertainment value of The Shield.

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