I don't think I've seen anything that has ever matched the desperation and depressing darkness that the final 6 episodes of The Shield has

I don't think I've seen anything that has ever matched the desperation and depressing darkness that the final 6 episodes of The Shield has

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  1. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Why? I’ll never watch it, spoil it for me

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      They all end up finally paying the price of all the sins they committed

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        Ok cool

  2. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Yeah, the atmosphere took a steep decline in those last few episodes. Still, one of the best dramas out there in my opinion. Definitely not the best written show out there but in my personal top 10 along with Mr. Robot, Leftovers, Sopranos, Wire, and Breaking Bad/BCS

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      >but in my personal top 10 along with Mr. Robot, Leftovers, Sopranos, Wire, and Breaking Bad/BCS
      reddit in the house full force

      • 1 month ago
        Andy

        >2 out of your 5 of your top 10 are watchable.

        You should rethink your top ten if you are going to post something like that here.

  3. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    I agree, and I've always said that The Shield has by far the best ending out of any drama ever made. When it comes to concluding a show, all show runners end up pussying out in some way. Except for The Shield. It all makes sense, and it's absolutely devastating. It pulls no punches in showing you how many lives Vic has ruined, and how little of a shit he actually gives about that.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      I do agree that it has one of the best endings but you sound like your argument is that it has the best ending because the ending is grim which I wouldn't necessarily say

      I would say Mr. Robot and Leftovers had better endings though. Mr. Robot because it perfectly explained what was happening throughout the show with basically zero plotholes and offered a decent catharsis and Leftovers because it rounded off both main character's storylines without giving audiences the usual "here's what happened because we don't want to leave you with a mystery" bullshit

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        my god you have terrible taste

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      how did the Sopranos ending pussy out?

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        Not showing Tony's death onscreen

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          I don't see the problem with that, since Tony doesn't die.

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            Your headcanon isn't the decider, sorry

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          The Sopranos wanted to preserve Tony's image because of how iconic he was. The Shield wasn't afraid to give these characters the fate they deserve. They don't sugar coat it either.

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            Sopranos was Reddit. The amount of meandering and useless/juvenile subplots and character interactions always made me hate it. Shield is better in every single metric. If something is embraced by this generation of people, it was never all that good anyway. Try selling Shield to zoomers.

            • 1 month ago
              Anonymous

              the shield is bending over backwards to be gritty and shocking, which loops around to being tame and predictable.

              • 1 month ago
                Anonymous

                I don't see it that way. It's a bit heightened for the purpose of being a drama programme but I never once thought this was too ridiculous/unrealistic. I got that every fricking second watching Sopranos. Mobsters acting like teenage girls/Redditors. It was embarrassing to watch.

            • 1 month ago
              Anonymous

              Based. The Shield got a ton of love when it first came out but now it's been completely forgotten about. It's probably one of my favorite television stories ever told. I've never watched a show that perfectly lands the landing like The Shield does

            • 1 month ago
              Anonymous

              >meandering and useless/juvenile subplots and character interactions
              But that was literally The Shield, though:

              >FOI shows up to occupy police station during a season finale
              >never seen or heard from again
              >Lem falls for the sister of a guy they frame
              >they try to unframe him in a way that actually reframes him
              >woman and dude are never seen or heard from again
              >each season just recycles the same dynamic
              >some authority is going to finally expose and punish Vic
              >just gets snookered
              >the basic premise is that a public employee doesn't have insurance
              >so he just ropes in a bunch of colleagues to essentially hijack an armored car when none have ever committed a violent crime before and have no real incentive when they could've just staged it as a bust and skimmed from evidence and reduced their risk exposure.

              It was endless. I can grant this: being a basic cable show, they were likely under enormous pressure to have self-contained caper-of-the-week C-stories, which then gave them the ratings that forced them to pad the B- and A-stories, which then just became dull, stilted, and redundant, because the metric as to when to resolve them was ad revenue. Every open-ended plot suffers this fate.

              That said, there were a lot of great actors giving great performances, it showed artistic gusto to end on such a dour note, and its basic theme of interrogating wrongdoing, especially by people who shouldn't or don't want to, is worth ruminating on, but it was ultimately rather amateurish, which is sad because it didn't have to have such stupid plot arcs. Some writers are just not equal to the task and Shawn Ryan and Kurt Sutter are among them. Most TV writers suffer that defect: they're really good at pitching the basic themes and ideas, and really terrible at managing the minutia in ways which support their vision.

              Again, I admit it should be considered a great show, but only when weighed against the trash that is American TV.

              • 1 month ago
                Anonymous

                As you mentioned, it was definitely neutered on most of it but at least they were given the green light on the best parts of the show and the ending. If it was on HBO, you'd likely have less restrictions but as it stands, I think the episodic nature also gives it a charm and makes it more rewatchable. I really think even those parts I found better than most of Sopranos or Breaking Bad. The Shield is special, everyone was truly at the peak of their game in this show.

              • 1 month ago
                Anonymous

                The side plots are the weakest aspect of the show but the story of the week actually do have an importance to the over arching story. Vic and The Strike Team respent the fun and exciting change in cable television at the time. They kick open doors and bust crooks. They basically do badass action hero stuff. They have these intense and interesting over arching stories. The story of the week stuff is supposed to show the true side to law enforcement. The patient paperwork and interrogation aspect. The true detective work. Dutch and Claudette represent the old school procedural television that was popular in the 90s. There's a reason why they intentionally intermix scenes of The Strike Team's fun drama storylines with scenes of the more slower Dutch and Claudette's detective scenes. It purposefully kills the pace. To show how audiences tastes have change over time. And how they prefer the more fantastical action filled police scenes (i.e strike team stuff)

            • 1 month ago
              Anonymous

              nah

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          the sopranos was entirely about tony. there's nothing left once he dies. the shield tries to pretend there's something left after a corrupt cop gets outed as undeniably corrupt and sacrifices everything for his own sake.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        they cut to black before you get to see Jamal Ginsberg punch him

  4. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    I'm sorry buddy I'm so sorry

  5. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    I just started season 4 why you trying to spoil it butthole? frick you

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      I didn't. Stay out of this thread though for your own good. Plus it should build tension for when you reach that point.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      >Doesn't want to get series spoiled
      >Enters thread about series where it's being discussed
      >Complains about being spoiled
      Youre everything wrong with the world

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        no you

  6. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    I get what you're saying and I think only True Detective S2 surpasses it. Everyone loses and no catharsis is possible, only the most cruel and miserable of conclusions to each and every character's arc.

  7. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Shane's desperation made him very likeable to me. I hated what he did to Lem, but losing his whole family over it is too much. Especially since it was all because of a misunderstanding where Vic tried to have him killed but then changed his mind, so Shane retaliated. 11/10 ending.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      What made the misunderstanding worse is how they both fight with each other over control in the final few episodes. If Vic wasn't an butthole and Shane didn't try and intimidate Vic being an butthole (exactly what got Shane into deep shit with Antwon in the first place) then they could have help Shane flee the country and Vic wouldn't have to confess to his crimes.

  8. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    This show is so kino but the ending makes me want to kill myself tbh

  9. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    This show successfully carries the weight of decisions made in episode all the way to the finale seamlessly.

    I can’t believe a show this good came from FX.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      FX just made the only good show in years, Shogun. Mostly it's a sea of crap but Shawn Ryan was able to spread his wings on that network. Shawn made The Night Agent which had no right to be as good as it was, being a Netflix original and having a Disney channel kid as the star. It was great television. I recommend it.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        Weeb

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        This show successfully carries the weight of decisions made in episode all the way to the finale seamlessly.

        I can’t believe a show this good came from FX.

        oh look, disney shills

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          It pays good to shill a show that’s over 20 years old. You should try it.

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            too bad my cost of living is more than $1 a month

  10. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    What the frick was HIS problem?

  11. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    >So, you'd frick some other guy's little girl but not my Cassidy. What's up with that man?

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      wow how shocking and edgy

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        It's out there but not shocking or edgy in Reddit fashion like Sopranos or Breaking Bad. It's tasteful and realistic edge.

  12. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    How do I watch this? ;_;

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Torrent it

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        Every torrent I find is dead without any sneeders

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