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May 19th, 2009

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10:47 pm - The Shield, final episode
I watched the final episode ever of The Shield last night. I haven't been watching The Shield regularly lately, because it's on late on a Monday night, on an obscure channel (Five US). Also because I'd lost touch with it a bit. My favourite characters were Aceveda and Dutch Wagenbach, and I wasn't seeing so much of ether of them, and I don't know, somehow it seemed to lose a bit in comparison to the Wire. It's high class pot boiler.

But I thought the final episode (double-episode) was extremely good, enough to make me want to go back and rewatch the previous couple of seasons more methodically. While some characters' stories came decisively to an end, there was an overall feeling that life was continuing.

The conclusion of the Mackey story wasn't really a conclusion. This character has avoided justice for how many years - loads anyway - by bargaining and manipulating, and that was a key feature of the storyline. An easy ending would have been that 'this time he ends up getting prosecuted'. Instead, they had him degrade himself in increasingly ugly but successful manoeuvrings to avoid prosecution. He ended up working in a ghastly office, writing boring reports.

I'm like 'Ha ha Mackey, you have ended up in a hell of your own making.'

Then, after a moment's reflection 'Hang on, that's what my life is like'


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Date:May 20th, 2009 06:26 am (UTC)
I know ... for your punishment, you have to WRITE EVERYDAY! Yikes.
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Date:May 20th, 2009 08:16 am (UTC)
And no killing your colleagues this time, however tempted
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Date:May 20th, 2009 07:02 am (UTC)
They have to *say* that for the record. I'm convinced that he's the Dominic in the L.A. Dollhouse (and Bayliss is the DeWitt in the Baltimore Dollhouse).
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Date:May 20th, 2009 08:17 am (UTC)
I haven't seen Dollhouse. I don't think it's arrived on the cheapskates' channel yet.

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