First of all, thanks to Anheuser Busch for their sponsorship of the final season of television’s greatest drama. How do I know it’s television’s greatest drama? It’s never won an Emmy in that category. On the other hand, awards shows like to reward a series when it’s done, and not when it’s in the middle of a creatively successful run. When did the Emmys nominate “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” or “X-Files”? When did they give John McGinley a nomination for “Scrubs?” Oh, wait, they haven’t done that yet, have they? Feh. (For that matter, which “Lord of the Rings” movie won the Best Picture Oscar? The last one.) But this isn’t about all of them. It’s about one bad-arse mo-fo named Vic Mackey. With a car, a gun, and a Machiavellian intellect, the man rules the streets of Farmington. Who knew The Commish could be so good? Or so bad? All at the same time.
How could they possibly top the last few seasons, particularly with powerhouse performances by Glenn Close and Forest Whitaker? For starters, Laurie Holden isn’t hard on the eyes.
But, seriously, folks — we have to send the spoiler flag flying and lead you past the break for all the talk.
Vic Mackey starts a full-on gang war between the Armenians and the Mexicans to save his family? Really, what could possibly go wrong with such a large plan? It makes driving into a non-drive-thru arms dealer’s store front look like a sane plan.
I love how they’re bringing everything together. The first six seasons of this show have never been forgotten. While there was a brief time around season three or four that I wasn’t sure they’d be able to keep up this mayhem for too long without completely suspending my disbelief, I’m more than happy to see the creators of this show really do have an idea of what to do with all this craziness. And it looks like the final season will be the true powerhouse high point of the series. This isn’t a show that’s going to go out far past its prime. It’s one that dares to ratchet up the tension even more, and give us something that’ll make us cringe for an hour or so each week as characters who are morally gray, at best, lead us through plots that challenge us to keep up.
Pardon my glow. The show is just that good.
The only not good thing about it is watching it on FX on a high def TV. The show isn’t in high def. It’s not widescreen. The darker scenes are so noisy that it’s distracting. I had to turn the lights up in the room to help smooth out the pic a little bit.
But I can put up with all of that. I’m happy that the show will end when the creators want it to end, and with an ending the show’s creators got to write. That’ll all make it worth it.