The Shield, Season Five

I’m finally all caught up on THE SHIELD now.

They should take last week’s episode, slap a label on it saying, “For Your Consideration,” and send it to the Emmy people now. Michael Chiklis and CCH Pounder both deserve nominations for that episode. Chiklis, in particular, gave a devastating performance as a man conflicted between his “good” and “bad” sides, trying to be all things to all people, and starting perhaps to crack a bit under the strain. Pounder gave a startling performance as a woman on the brink, being pulled at from all sides, trying to justify and prove herself while starting to fail. . .

Post all your spoilers for the season thus far comments below. The spoiler flags are a’flying. Just please don’t talk about previews for the rest of the season. Thanks.


3 Responses to “The Shield, Season Five”

  1. Bill H.
    27. February 2006 at 13:48

    Great season so far.

    I am really hoping that Vic was playing his lawyer and wasn’t really tearing up over wanting to be a good cop.

    Also, I liked that the new cop’s first reaction to Claudette’s fall was that Dutch pushed her. I wonder if that was a throw-away or if they’ll follow it up this week.

    Finally, I’ve always thought Shane was the weak link (and least likeable member) on the Strike Team – apply a little pressure and he’ll crack like an egg.

  2. Augie De Blieck Jr.
    27. February 2006 at 14:52

    I love how Aceveda (sp?) goes after Lem to protect himself and divert attention away from his prison dealings with Antoine Mitchell at the end of last season.

    Yeah, I do think Vic is playing a lot of people here, but I also do think we’re seeing the writers trying to push him back to being a bit more of a bad guy than he’s been the past couple of seasons.

    But that’s the great thing about this show — it’s more than just a “Whose side is he on?” kind of thing. It’s all sorts of shades of grey, and characters teetering on the brink of change at all times.

    Poor Dutch. . .

  3. Nick
    27. February 2006 at 17:31

    I think we’re seeing them reconcile the two Vic’s we’ve seen on this show.

    Vic started off as a bad man. He stayed mostly bad for the first season, and most of the second. Starting sometime in seasons 2-3, and especially in 4, he really became a much better person, and a better cop. BUT, it always seemed forced… like they made an executive decision somewhere to lighten him up, make him less evil, and it wasn’t very organic. I’m not saying it was poorly done, but when I think about who Vic was, say, mid season 4, vs. who he was in the first season, he’s very different.

    I feel like we’re being reminded how he USED to act vs how he acts now, and it’s very interesting.

    As an aside, I have thought for a long time that Dutch will become a serial killer before the show is done. Almost anytime he gets a personal storyline, it seems like it serves as more reason for him to start killing. That’s my prediction for him, before the series is over.