The Shield – Season 7, Episode 13 THE FINAL EVER EPISODE REVIEW
November 26, 2008 19 Comments
7.13 Family Meeting
It’s time to hand in our Shields. We say goodbye to The Barn.
Remember this will be a SPOILER review. Click read more for the review.
I’m sitting here at my desk trying to compose myself to write this review. I only finished watching the episode about half an hour before I’m writing this. I only started Geeky Talk this past summer and I always intended to review the final season of The Shield when it came about. It’s the thing I looked forward to the most on this site. I have had a blast trying to write coherent reviews for you people to enjoy. It seems my passion for the show has paid off because my Shield reviews get the most hits for my blog. I love reading all the comments from the people who love the show as much as me. These past few months have been quite stressful for me for reasons I’m not going to explain, life shit stuff. Though doing this blog and especially these Shield reviews have eased those worries of mine. I have enjoyed every minute of it and I just wanted to thank you all for taking the time out and reading my blog. I also want to thank Rev-Views who has been kind enough to link my site from his. He too has been reviewing this season of The Shield and I have enjoyed his work immensely. I just wanted to say my thanks before I get onto the review.
What I’m going to do is talk about characters individually and give my thoughts on if I liked their endings.
Dutch didn’t get the closure that I thought his character would get and I’m thankful for that. I honestly thought that he would die by the hands of Lloyd but I’m so happy the writers didn’t do that. I was surprised how the Lloyd story ended but not disappointed. We know Dutch is going to get the kid, it’s Dutch.
Claudette was superb, my main highlight was her with Vic in the interrogation room. CCH Pounder is a outstanding actress and some of her best work was in that scene when she’s showing Vic the photos. The other wonderful scene was when she was telling Dutch that she is dying and that she’ll be coming into work until the day she dies. So sad but very Claudette.
Shane’s ending was very hard for me to take. Seeing him take his own life like that was shocking and upsetting. Then seeing Mara and Jackson, lifeless on the bed with Mara holding the flowers and Jackson with the truck was truly horrifying to see. My jaw dropped to the ground when viewing that. Though was it the right way for the character to go? Yes, there’s no disputing that it was the wrong thing to do to the character. When Shane killed Lem it was unforgivable. I wanted Shane to pay and honestly I wanted Vic to kill him.
Shane was always a bastard of a character, he was always fun to watch but once he killed Lem that was it for the character. You would expect every fan to want blood but the writers this season made us sympathetic towards Shane. We now felt sorry for him and that is extraordinary. He has been pushed to these thing because of Vic. He was on the run because of Vic, he had no other option but to kill Vic and Ronnie. We’ve seen him throughout the second half of this season trying to protect his family. Do I feel that I’ve been manipulated by the writers to feel sorry for the guy? Hell no, there has been no manipulation. I wanted Shane to pay for killing Lem but I never felt that when going into this episode. I actually was rooting for a happy ending for the character. It was so bleak for them, so depressing that I just wanted the happy ending of them walking off into the sunset as a family. Though depending on interpretation, maybe they do have that happy ending.
The other Strike Team member that lost everything was Ronnie. I was so hoping that he wouldn’t get the ending that was signposted. Praying that somehow he would get wind of the whole thing and run but sadly that was not the case. He will be paying for Vic’s actions for the rest of his life. So heartbreaking seeing him arrested. The character did not deserve that and how brilliantly Ronnie has developed this season it was even more heartwrenching than normal. I’m so glad for David Rees Snell this season. He has had the most interesting arc throughout the show. We saw him as a mute member of The Strike Team and over the seasons see him come into his own. A lot of people have come to like Ronnie a lot this season, a lot of us care for that character so it was cruel for the writers to do that to him but it made me really want to see Vic punished for what he did to Ronnie and punsihed he got.
Much speculation of how Vic would end the series has been spoken about for years. From death to prison, the obvious choices to go with but that was not the case. He got free of all his crimes but at a costly price. He has lost his family, his friends, he has no one left. He’s wearing a suit, stuck behind a desk, his worst nightmare and I couldn’t be more pleased. Seeing the woman guide Vic around the office was a highlight of the episode. You could see just from his face what he was feeling at that precise moment.
Michael Chiklis needs recognition for his role of Vic Mackey. Hell most of the cast deserves Emmy’s. This has been a season of facial acting. No words need to be spoken, a face tells us everything we need to know. From Walton Goggins realising that his fate was sealed when Two-Man began to confess in The Barn to Chiklis in that final scene in which all we see is his eyes and we know what he’s thinking. This season everyone has acted their asses off.
The greatest achievement by Chiklis in this episode was when he looked down at the photo of Shane and the family. No words, just silence. A Powerful, intense scene. Vic Mackey is the greatest anti-hero Television has ever seen. We root for a man who killed a cop in cold blood. He’s a man without remorse, no conscience. In those final moments when he takes his gun and walks away was a nice way to end the show. He just shruggs everything off and goes on with his life. Without any friends or family.
Danny didn’t get much of a closure really.
Acevada seems to be on his way to becoming Mayor but it’s not clearly stated as fact. It’s a shame that we didn’t get a face to face with Vic and David about Terry’s murder.
Julien’s homosexuality was hinted in this episode when he saw the two men holding hands down the street. A reminder to us that you can’t just resolve Julien’s story. His main story of the show was his homosexuality and you can never close those feelings. No matter what sexual reorientation therapy you take.
It was nice to see Clark Johnson come back to direct the finale. If you know he directed the pilot episode of the show and he was also in the episode as the man introducing Corrine and co. to their new home. You’ll also know that he directed the first and final episode of The Wire. The man got to direct the beginnings and ends of two of the greatest TV shows in history.
We got conformation how many years it’s been between the first season and now. It’s three.
Those final credits got me teary eyed. They were tears of joy because I’ve had the pleasure to spend seven years of my life being entertained withoutstanding writing and acting.
I’ll be posting an article up in the next week or so about my love for the show. A memorial piece to The Shield. The memories of when I first watched it to discussion on my favourite season to my favourite characters.
Thank you Shield. I doubt they’ll ever be a show like you again.