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Episode Recap: "Family Meeting"

When FX launched its first drama, The Shield, the promoted it with the tagline: "The Road to Justice Is Twisted." If you didn't believe the show had a mission statement from the start you can't deny it now. The Shield's series finale, "Family Meeting", contained everything a great episode of the show should: drama, drugs, twists and heartbreakingly awful decision making. Decisions that have cost and irreparably damaged lives. Some of those decisions weren't necessarily made in this episode, but instead were set up years ago. Vic's own road to justice (Did he really get any? More on that later.) began years ago when he had friends, family, and a great opportunity to run an experimental team in the Farmington district of L.A. L.A. What a great place to start, considering it's where Shawn Ryan started the episode. The band X's punk rock song "Los Angeles" plays over the title sequence with Vic driving in his car thinking about all that lies in front of him. Above all, he's betrayed his partner Ronnie to guarantee immunity for himself and Corrine. He tells Ronnie the "ironclad" deal is for both of them to continue his operation with ICE. Vic's deal is not only bad for Detective Gardocki. Corrine has had immunity by working with The Barn, an investigation that has now gone bust. She fears Vic will discover what's been going on. read full recap from: TvGuide

Episode Recap: "Possible Kill Screen"

In the ultimate penultimate episode of all time, The Shield's final act prepped itself to close out the series in it's typical, unrelenting fashion. Double dealing, backstabbing, murder, and drugs were the order of the day in Farmington. Oh, and with a show like this I suppose I should specify I'm talking about metaphorical backstabbing. TV Guide says: "Olivia joins forces with the Strike Team to catch a Mexican drug king and his shipment. Meanwhile, Dutch cleans up Billings' mess, and the death of a woman associated with the Strike Team prompts an investigation by Claudette." What do the confines of the magazine and digital media products prevent TV Guide from saying? Wow. Where to begin? Well, let's start with a correction that one of you is bound to note. The Strike Team no longer exists. Besides that, this episode also featured the return of Dani, a violent and deadly incident involving Shane and Maura, a failed sting to arrest Vic, a quid pro quo between partners, and oh yeah, Vic confessed to everything he's ever done. read full recap from: TvGuide

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Episode Recap: "Moving Day"

After last week's game changing episode, The Shield delivered us one of the tightest, most suspenseful episodes in the series run. The show, winding down to its Nov. 25 series finale, is anything but short on plot right now with Shane and his family on the run, a demoted Ronnie, a budding serial killer on the loose, a Mexican coup of the L.A. political landscape and a shield-less Vic Mackey. read full recap from TvGuide

The Shield Episode Recap: "Patricide"

During The Shield 's seven season run, there are a handful of moments one can point to which color every event that comes after it. Going all the way back to the pilot, you'll find the murder of Terry Crowley. At the end of the second season The Strike Team hit the Armenian Money Train. That money, which Lem ultimately burned, tore the team apart during Season 3. While Season 4's star was Glenn Close, it was the introduction of Anthony Anderson's Antwon Mitchell which really shook things up. And how could you not mention the murder of Curtis Lemanski in Season 5? This week's episode brought us another one of these turning points. The Shield as we knew it will never be the same. read full recap on TvGuide.com

Early Review - The Coefficient of Drag (Season 7, Episode 1)

MILD SPOILERS AHEAD !! Alert !! Alert It's almost the end for The Shield , which makes me kinda sad. I loved this show from the moment my then-roommate (Dan) turned me onto it. I was pretty disappointed when the previous season ended last June. Not because it was bad, but because I had to wait a year until it returned. Turns out I kinda forgot about it. There's not much resolved in this episode, but there is a palpable sense of things just starting. Like a rollercoaster going up the first incline it's only a matter of time until everything falls apart and people start dying. Vic Mackey (Michael Chiklis) still has the box full of blackmail material and he's semi-teamed up with Aceveda to make use of it. His job is still on the line and the Strike Team is still barely hanging together after Lem's death. There's still tension between Vic and Shane, there too it feels like it's building to some (yet another) explosive interaction. I'm really excited that this season seems to finally let the quietest (yet most capable) member of the Strike Team, Ronnie, get a real plot arc and character development. After the first episode it's a 50/50 call as to whether he plunges into the same abyss that sucked in Shane. The side storyline of Claudette and Dutch is just as interesting as always. The scenes in this first episode where they have their way with the barely-disabled Billings are amusing little vignettes. If there is a problem with the episode it's that it seems to be the same build-up that's happened every season/plot arc. Money, violence, gangs, Vic's family (*yawn*), blah, blah, blah. I'm hoping that the intro presages some heavy action. Still, I've got a nasty gut-feeling that the show is gonna go out below the awesomeness that was attained during Forest Whitaker's appearances. No amount of hacked-off feet can match that. What say you?

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the shield is one of the best series to grace tv in the last few years. the hard hitting gritty action never lets up and you just know youre in for a ride by the end of the very first episode. a highlight of the show was Forest Whitakers appearance in series 5, it made for compelling viewing as you always seem to side with vic depite him clearly being the bad guy. the show touches on many topics and handles them well, weve seen rascism homosexuality and numerous other hot topics. while it may not be an accurate depiction of gang violence and police attempts to combat it the shield certainly keeps you entertained and on the edge of your seat. def worth more than 5 stars ;)