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The Shield: Genocide

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Sep 23rd 2008 11:02PM

Michael Chiklis and CCH Pounder(S07E04) "Cut off the head and the tentacles get frisky - it's a risk." - Vic

Things are starting to heat up in the Mexican/Armenian feud! While it still astonishes me that neither Pezuela nor Rezian seem to realize how they're being played so perfectly by Vic, I'm still in awe of the entire situation. Vic has got each them believing his lies so fully that it finally pushed Pezuela to go as far as burning two of Rezian's lieutenants alive. Not that Pezuela hasn't killed before, but c'mon - Vic is good. Realistically, that's two less people who know about the money train hit.

It's a huge mess and even though we're seeing glimmers of an end game, I think it's safe to say that it won't be that easy. Credit to Shawn Ryan and Co. for giving us The Shield that long-time fans are accustomed to. Four episodes into the final season and it's clear Ryan didn't reinvent the wheel, which is why I know that fooling Rezian and Pezuela can't be this easy for much longer.

One of the hallmarks of The Shield over these seven seasons has been the way Vic and The Strike Team's adventures are always juxtaposed against Dutch, Claudette, and Billings working on, you know - "normal" police work. Dutch has nabbed some great cases in the past, but it's always the ones that don't seem like much that end up toying with his... what did Steve call it? The Wagenbach Freak Meter?

Watching Dutch mentally dissect Lloyd Denton's answers and deduce that the kid was a serial killer in the making was mesmerizing and even though Lloyd apparently got away with murder this time, seeing Dutch all bunched up was too good for it to be over. I can only hope that he gets to nail Lloyd by series end. It'll be his "cherry on top of his career sundae." That kid didn't flinch once. It was creepy.

Back to Vic. Another thing that I'm really loving about this season is the way that he's being pulled in so many directions. Dealing with the department and his job, Rezian, Pezuela, and his family. That dynamic has always existed in some way, shape, or form in the past, but it's especially prevalent this season. Adding in Danny's decision to strip Vic of his parental rights to Lee is going to complicate matters even more. I can't blame her though. After seeing how Cassidy is turning out, it doesn't exactly speak highly of Vic's parenting skills.

More thoughts...

  • I had always wondered if we'd see city comptroller Robert Martin again, especially after he wasn't able to help Vic. Guess we'll never see him again since Pezuela's goon killed him. That being said, it was a bit convenient that he was in the blackmail box and that's my biggest issue with it. It's the black hole of plots. Whatever you need "could" be in there.
  • I hope we get some more on Julian's homosexuality. I know Tina found out about it last season (at least, I think she did) and I just hope there's more to it. His "first year Strike Team enthusiasm" just doesn't feel like the same character.
  • I still think Cassidy is going to end up playing a much bigger role this season. She was able to dig up info from newspapers (the internet too I imagine) on Kavanaugh and what he thought Vic had done to Terry. Wouldn't it be something if she visited him in jail? And she carried on his crusade to bring Vic down? Probably not, but there has got to be an end game for her rebelliousness.

And of course, the final big bombshell was Aceveda realizing that Olivia was in the blackmail box. Again with the "black hole" issue. However, I'm more accepting of this because it was clearly why she was brought into the fold in the first place, to keep an eye on Vic for Pezuela. However, Vic has certainly won her over. It'll just be a matter of how bad Cruz's dirt on her is. But as Vic said, she knows enough to get both him and Aceveda killed. She might see that intel as a way to free herself.

Which way do you think Olivia will lean?
If Pezuela has dirt on her, then she's at his mercy.56 (32.9%)
I think she realizes Vic can probably help her out of this mess.114 (67.1%)

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Adam

Yeah I think this final episode is just what Michael Chiklis said, "Its gonna blow your socks off!" And yes I am waiting for Ron to explode it's coming. Yeah his daughter is not the best actress but hey you guys you do know that Cassidy is his real daughter Autumn in real life. So she is not really and actress but his real daughter. Anyway Yeah just wanted to conquer that the last episode is going to rock. I personally think Ron might (MIGHT) end up killing Vic and Shane. Or doing something to one of them and getting in the clear. So yeah he dropped off the money to Corien but he can easily explain that away like Vic made me or was going to kill me something. Remember in like 3 episodes ago he told Olivia, "Vic taught me everything I know." Maybe he will take his lessons to the next level. Last but not least the serial killer kid yeah they put alot of emphases on it (like at least 3 episodes) so something messed up is gonna happen between Billings and the kid. See you guys in 2 weeks after the finale!

November 17 2008 at 1:29 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Gabriel

man i miss smitty anyone remember him?

September 28 2008 at 9:06 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Andrew

Looks like Vic got a little careless with the feds this time.

Dutch: What if I'm right?
Billings: There are times when you entertain the idea that you're not?

September 26 2008 at 6:17 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
nattyff

what is bodering me about the box is that seems that neither aceveda or vic had bother to... read it. c'mon!!!
it's hard to belive that they just storage it somewhere, and didn't boder to take a look at it, specially vic, that has so many balls in the air...

September 25 2008 at 8:10 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
theConundrumm

nice thoughts there Andy regarding Cassidy's possible role in the endgame... something i hadn't considered, and almost wish i hadn't read, dammit... and while the blackmail box is a deus ex machina of sorts, it's serving the story nicely and doesn't feel wrong at all... if anything it's potential contents serve the story for the greater good...
these past four episodes how done nothing but showcase just how well thought out this show is... not that there was ever any doubt...

September 24 2008 at 10:22 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
John Howard

Dutch wasn't so interested in that kid because he wants to nail him. He was so interested because he wants to kill someone and get away with it.

September 24 2008 at 9:12 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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james

I have a feeling that kid is going to kill Dutch by the end. What do you think?

September 24 2008 at 4:01 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
khamel

i agree that cassidy is going to keep showing up in episodes and probably will play a major role in something, but i'm not liking it. shes not a particularly good actor and her teenage rebellion isn't very interesting.

i'm also waiting for ronnie to explode. he has kept his cool so far but i know hes going to go nuts at some point. i'm excited.

September 24 2008 at 2:59 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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