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The Shield (Season 5 - 2006)
« on: June 05, 2014, 10:13:28 pm »
The Shield (Season 5 - 2006)




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I have been dreading watching Season 5 of The Shield since I started my marathon. Knowing how the season ends, it was kind of hard to come to terms with how they got rid of Lem. More on that in a bit. With Glenn Close exiting at the end of Season 4, they bring in Forest Whitaker as Lieutenant Jon Kavanaugh, whose sole purpose in life is to take down Vic, Shane, Ronnie and Lem and the best way to do that is to go through Lem as he has always been the one that had one foot in and one foot out of being a Good Cop/Bad Cop. Getting Forest was another huge get for the series and he played 'Ultimate Prick' to a Tee. I seriously hate this f*cker because he is so relentless in his pursuit to turn everyone's life upside down, including family members and was full of glee in doing it. I seriously could not stand the guy, which made sitting through Season 5 a breeze because it was all delicious to watch. It's a weird thing watching a series like The Shield where the viewer is asked to sympathize and root for the Bad Guy, which Mackey is and when Mackey is threatened by Kavanaugh, you end up rooting for Mackey even more.

The entire season is a Cat and Mouse game of Kavanaugh trying to get Lem to flip and turn in his guys in a deal and each episode keeps piling it on to great effect. This is only the third time I've seen this season and it's still electric in every way. The first time I saw the season, I just figured that the Strike Team would eventually come out on top, once again escaping by the skin of their teeth. The team was able to always stay one step ahead. But it's the Season Finale were everything comes to a head and not in the way you'd expect. To have Shane be the one to turn on Lem by killing him, just to save his own ass still makes me sick to this day (thus why I was dredding it). But it's in the way he kills him (by grenade) that just p*sses me off. Lem was and is without the most popular character ever on the show and it has never felt right in how he went out like that. One of the most tragic on screen death scenes ever. Hell, I STILL curse out Walt Goggins (Shane) whenever I see him on other shows, especially Justified. F*ck you Shane!!

Kavanaugh isn't the only prick this season. There is of course David Aceveda. Well, he has always been a prick, but more so this season since he was working with Kavanaugh to take down the Strike Team. The final prick is of course Emolia Melendez (Onahoua Rodriguez) who is Vic's C.I. and is solely responsible for the sh*t storm the Team is in. As in previous seasons, there wasn't any shortage of stars. I particularly liked Gina Torres role that Vic was able to "maximize" to great use against his enemy in Kavanaugh . Paula GarcÚs as newcomer Officer Tina Hanlon was good too. Easy on the eyes. Yowzza! I highly recommend Season 5 as a Buy for sure.
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Re: The Shield (Season 5 - 2006)
« Reply #1 on: June 05, 2014, 10:14:03 pm »
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Re: The Shield (Season 5 - 2006)
« Reply #2 on: June 06, 2014, 07:08:45 am »
Delivering The Baby (Documentary)



Watching the 90 minute documentary which is all about the Season Finale and it's just as emotional as the episode itself. This is a fantastic look behind the scene chronicling everything leading up to the pivotal scene between Lem and Shane. As a fan of the show and the characters, naturally we all took it hard about the decision to let go of Lem, but what's great about the doc is that the cast and crew were genuinely torn up about the decision as well. So to see them pouring their hearts out and second guessing the decision was great to see too. If you are a writer, actor or director, this doc is an absolute must-watch because it's fun and educational to see the actors along with the episode director working through and blocking out scenes on the fly. Even though it's written on the page, it's cool to see them digging for their character motivations and how fast they are able to discard one thing for something even better that plays more true to what is happening.
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