I thought of many ways to begin my first blog for
The Shield, and I think the best way is for you all to join me in saying two words: hell, yeah!
Honestly, I've never been this excited for a new season of a show. I certainly haven't watched every show in existence, but of the ones I have, this might be the only one without a misstep somewhere along the way. So, you'll have to pardon me if my emotions get the best of me at points. What can I say, I'm excited!
But first, before we chat, a moment of silence for Lem.
Whew. It felt like an eternity between the time we saw Lem take a grenade and the start of this season, didn't it? It's all worth it, though, to see the absolute gore, the unmatched anger on Vic's face, and to feel your eyes swelling as the show opens and closes with Johnny Cash's stark cover of Sting's "I Hung My Head." I certainly ran the gamut of emotions with this episode.
I mean, first, how can you not feel for Lem? He was extremely loyal to his crew and wasn't about to give them up, but Vic and the gang got caught up in the web of lies last year and Shane took it over the edge. We come back and see Lem being portrayed in the media as a dirty cop (which, if you consider him dirty, then he was the least dirty of the strike team members) and getting no respect at all. Clearly, even before Shane realizes the extent of his mistake you can see his guilt and that Vic really doesn't know what happened. At the end of last season, I was kind of hesitant to clear Vic of the murder, pinning it all on Shane. But it really is clear after this episode that Shane took the grenade on himself.
Shane's all over the place now. He's always felt some kind of guilt for killing Lem, but after Claudette tells the strike team that he wasn't going to rat them out, Shane goes off the deep end. You could see how distraught he was in the hallway, but then to see him weeping in his car with gun drawn was something else. And you know he's going to get someone seriously injured if he doesn't care if he's alive or dead now. The guy poured gasoline all over himself at the meth clinic and told the suspect to flick his Bic if he lied to him. Sure, it worked to get the baby out, but that's not going to be the case every time. Obviously Shane is
good at what he does, but keeping this secret hidden is going to be very tough. Vic is
better at what he does and he is a detective after all. You have to wonder how long it will take for him to get a lead right back to Mr. Vendrell.
Then there's the awesome Vic/Kavanaugh story. Kavanaugh is one crazy, crazy man. He thought he had Vic last season but just couldn't finish the job. Now he's relying on everyone he can reach out to, to lie for him. It wasn't enough that both he and Aceveda lie all the time about Vic, but now he has to pull Emolia in too. Emolia really could be the nail in the coffin because there are a lot of people that want to see Vic go down. Then again, The Chief doesn't even seem to know which road to take with this one. But in this situation, the person I root for the most is Dutch. You know he doesn't like Vic, but clearly he doesn't think he did it either. Here's hoping that Dutch sticks to his guns, and doesn't cop out like everyone else, and finds a way to prove Vic innocent. He might be on the right track after going to get the video tape from the area Kavanaugh lied about meeting Emolia at. As far as Vic goes, we've seen him angry many times, but could this have been the angriest? The look of disgust on his face when confronting Aceveda in the bathroom was killer and then threatening Kavanaugh at his house at the very end was great.
Those are obviously the main stories now, but you can't forget the great things that make
The Shield what it is.
First, you've got a guy with his head busted open while he's sitting on the can. You've got Dutch uncovering dozens of dismembered bodies, and Danny and Corrine dishing out insults at each other. And, of course, there's always a laugh or two - this time courtesy of a DVD of Richard Nixon having sex with grandmothers!
But of course, the end scene might have been the most gut-wrenching of them all for me. Aceveda is out giving his speech about Lem. Vic is watching, Ronnie's watching over a drink and Shane is out doing the underage prostitute he met earlier in the day. Yep, that's the way to show remorse, buddy.
Man, what an awesome start to Season 6! Wouldn't you agree?
Until next week, friends.
I thought of many ways to begin my first blog for The Shield and I think the best way is for you all to join me in saying two words hell yeah Honestly Ive never been this excited for a new season of a show I certainly havent watched every show in existence but of the ones I have this might be the only one without a misstep somewhere along the way So youll have to pardon me if my emotions get the best of me at points What can I say Im excited But first before we chat a moment of silence for Lem Whew It felt like an eternity between the time we saw Lem take a grenade and the start of this season didnt it Its all worth it though to see the absolute gore the unmatched anger on Vics face and to feel your eyes swelling as the show opens and closes with Johnny Cashs stark cover of Stings I Hung My Head I certainly ran the gamut of emotions with this episode I mean first how can you not feel for Lem He was extremely loyal to his crew and wasnt about t