The Shield: Spanish Practices (season finale)
(S06E10) "...but understand, you are nothing more than a fly on one of my many shits." - Pezuela
The beginning of the end. We've got one more season of The Shield to go and I have to say that I'm pretty excited for what's been set up. It's going to be a lot to cover with only thirteen episodes remaining in life of the series. Then again, this season only had ten installments and look how many different stories came out of it. From the aftermath of Lem's death to the biggest conspiracy the Farmington district has ever seen, we got it all in season six.
The episode definitely had two distinct plots. The division between Vic and Shane is clearer than ever, despite the fact that Shane's actions continue to blur that line. After last week, I said that Shane was starting to act colder and far more calculated now that he was forced to fend for himself. I take it all back after what he did in this episode. He's just as emotional as ever and the way he kept flip-flopping between Rezian and Diro was almost comical. He's clearly not as skilled as Vic when it comes to playing both sides.
That being said, it's been hard to watch his character deteriorate this season. The memory of Lem was never forgotten as we were reminded of it every time we saw Shane, but he clearly isn't the heartless bastard many would like to think. Shane truly believed he was doing the right thing when he killed Lem. It's for that reason that he can't deal with the thought of more blood on his hands. Putting Corinne and Cassidy in that storage container seemed liked a bit much, but again - Shane felt as though he was doing the right thing. When that Armenian "repair man" showed up at the Mackey house, it became clear that he was. He saved their lives and the unfortunate thing is that I don't think Vic will ever actually see it that way.
It'll be interesting to see Shane's relationship with Rezian from here on out though. I've said it before, but I'm still confused about the Armenian knowledge of the Strike Team's involvement with the money train from season three. I guess their intel wasn't as solid as we thought. They know now though.
Elsewhere, Vic has once again teamed up for an uneasy alliance with the one guy who never saw eye to eye with him: Aceveda. It only seems appropriate that the two of them should work together for the final season. The conspiracy they dug up is incredibly well-laid out and interesting though. It's going to make for a great plot I think. Feels very much like something out of The Wire.
See if you can follow this. Cruz Pezuela, a developer, along with an ex-military intel expert have dug up dirt on everyone. Local and federal. They have ties to the Mexican mob and because of all the dirt, no one is even bothering them. Except Vic. They're buying up land and starting legit businesses to clean all their dirty money. Not to mention all the new state-side income they'll generate through the low-income housing and hospitals like prostitution and illegal prescription drugs. If it goes untouched, the Mexican mob would be running half the city in no time. Without thinking too much about it, this feels like it could get bloody and fast. It already did if you count San Marcos. The Salvadorans got angry because they were being left out of this huge profit machine.
Despite all the great stuff that has been set up for the seventh season, I was disappointed by some aspects of this season. A lot of things got short-changed if you ask me. For starters, Lem's murder. It almost felt like it got dropped completely. Which directly leads to Dutch. He got short-changed too. Why weren't some questions left open, so he could keep doing what he does best and dig up more stuff on the Lemansky case? I think things would have been infinitely more tense if Vic and Shane had Dutch breathing down their backs after Kavanaugh's departure.
Fortunately we're left with some good questions to ponder in the meantime. What's going to happen to Billings? Is he really going to win a suit like that? Will Vic actually get to keep his job since he essentially walked away from his own hearing? I'm not so sure Aceveda has the pull. Claudette might though, especially since she gave Hiatt the boot. Someone has to run the Strike Team. And if that happens, how do Vic and Shane ever work together? Speaking of Vic, how's he going to react to Dutch cozying up with Danny? Lots of questions, plenty of time to wonder. 7 out of 7.
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