History Series / TheShield

7th Mar '16 5:16:53 PM ANTMuddle
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At the end of the series, Vic [[spoiler:ends up without a family, a real career, the power and influence he held working the streets, and a chance of ever getting any of those things back.]] He is on his own.

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At the end of the series, Vic [[spoiler:ends up without a family, a real career, the power and influence he held working the streets, and a chance of ever getting any of those things back.]] He is on his own. But at least he has a shot at a fresh start.]]



* HumiliationConga: The series finale: What should've been Vic's CrowningMomentOfAwesome quickly downward spirals into the inverse: the last half of the episode is a Karmic smackdown of the highest order, in which he ultimately winds up alone.

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* HumiliationConga: The series finale: What should've been Vic's CrowningMomentOfAwesome quickly spirals downward spirals into the inverse: the last half of the episode is a Karmic smackdown of the highest order, in which he ultimately winds up alone.



* YouAreTooLate: After seven seasons of turning a blind eye to Vic Mackey's corruption, Claudette Wyms finally goes after Vic after his ex-wife turns to Claudette with airtight evidence of his illegal activities as well as catching Ronnie Gardocki, Vic's partner on tape for aiding and abedding. Sadly, in typical Claudette fashion, she [[spoiler:doesn't seize the timing as far as flipping Ronnie for his testimony against Vic or arresting Vic on the spot. By the time she finally gives the order to arrest Vic, it's too late: Vic has used the delays to secure a Federal immunity deal, resulting in Claudette arriving mid-confession as Vic has already signed the paperwork.]] [[HumiliationConga She gets one hell of a consolation prize, though.]]

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* YouAreTooLate: After seven seasons of turning a blind eye to Vic Mackey's corruption, Claudette Wyms finally goes after Vic after his ex-wife turns to Claudette with airtight evidence of his illegal activities as well as catching Ronnie Gardocki, Vic's partner on tape for aiding and abedding.abetting. Sadly, in typical Claudette fashion, she [[spoiler:doesn't seize the timing as far as flipping Ronnie for his testimony against Vic or arresting Vic on the spot. By the time she finally gives the order to arrest Vic, it's too late: Vic has used the delays to secure a Federal immunity deal, resulting in Claudette arriving mid-confession as Vic has already signed the paperwork.]] [[HumiliationConga She gets one hell of a consolation prize, though.]]
22nd Jan '16 7:46:47 PM FF32
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* RiddleForTheAges: The finale left many unresolved questions.
** Ronnie's ultimate fate as far as which of his many sins he'll ultimately be charged with in court.
** The shitstorm that Vic's confession/immunity deal and Ronnie's arrest will have upon not only the LAPD as far as overturned convictions, but also Acaveda's political ambitions, given that the finale ends with Acaveda on cloud nine as far as the predicted favorite to win the mayoral election, with Ronnie's arrest, Shane's murder-murder-suicide, and the subsequent shitstorm with Vic's scamming ICE for immunity for murdering a cop having yet to make the evening paper/news.
** Danny's attempt to keep Vic out of her and her son's life.
** Dutch's relationship with both Danny and Tina
*** Lem's relationship with a woman named Tigra, who's brother Lem shot after mistaking him for another gang member in season one is another dropped plotline.
9th Dec '15 11:28:18 PM MikeW
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* HiddenWire: Nicely subverted in one episode as a fellow cop's nervous talk clues Vic in to the fact the guy is wearing a wire for IA. Vic then uses this to record himself "confessing" to the cop that he just acts being this corrupt and murderous cop to intimidate gangs and crooks into thinking he's a loose cannon.
13th Nov '15 9:24:08 AM FordPrefect
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* HumiliatingWager: (S03E04: Streaks and Tips), two LAPD teams (Strike Team and Decoy Squad) compete to solve a car-jacking case. They make a bet saying that the losing team has to streak naked through the police station. [[spoiler:Decoy Squad loses.]]

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* HumiliatingWager: (S03E04: ([=S03E04=]: Streaks and Tips), two LAPD teams (Strike Team and Decoy Squad) compete to solve a car-jacking case. They make a bet saying that the losing team has to streak naked through the police station. [[spoiler:Decoy Squad loses.]]
9th Oct '15 1:00:42 PM LordSpy
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* AsLongAsItSoundsForeign: Averted the characters' use of non-English languages, with the few accents being justified as them being non-native speakers.
** ZigZagged in the names, at least of Latinos. A few of them do get perfectly regular names, but a lot either get names that do exist but are rare in modern times or are misspellings of regular names (eg. Diagur instead of Diego).
5th Oct '15 8:47:22 PM haloinsider
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** Also, the fact that Vic Mackey's daughter Cassidy is played by Michael Chiklis's real life daughter Autumn Chiklis.



** It also helped give Creator/AnthonyAnderson's career new life by showing him being capable of playing dramatic roles. In particular, Anderson personally credits ''The Shield'' for landing his current job on ''Law and Order''.
5th Oct '15 8:43:43 PM haloinsider
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** This is later lovingly subverted with in season five, when the new Assistant Chief (having replaced the corrupt Gilroy) basically tells Vic that the Detective pissed off so many people off within the department, that he was being officially designated for forced early retirement and that NO ONE will lift a finger to save Vic from being forced out.

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** This is later lovingly subverted with in season five, when the new Assistant Chief (having replaced the corrupt Gilroy) basically tells Vic that the Detective pissed off so many people off within the department, that he was being officially designated for forced early retirement and that NO ONE will would lift a finger to save Vic from being forced out.
17th Jul '15 10:29:53 AM Azaram
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* OutOfFocus: Alot of the non Strike Team characters, save for Dutch and Claudette, go through this eventually. Aceveda gets this for a while starting in season 4 but he comes back into play in seasons 6 and 7, albeit in a much less important way than at the show's start. Danny sort of [[ZigZaggingTrope Zig Zags this trope]] in most seasons after season 1. Julien probably got hit hardest with this trope and a bad case of AbortedArc (his homosexuality) going from getting a lot of CharacterFocus in the first 3 seasons to having the least plot importance of any original character during the last 4 seasons.

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* OutOfFocus: Alot A lot of the non Strike Team characters, save for Dutch and Claudette, go through this eventually. Aceveda gets this for a while starting in season 4 but he comes back into play in seasons 6 and 7, albeit in a much less important way than at the show's start. Danny sort of [[ZigZaggingTrope Zig Zags this trope]] in most seasons after season 1. Julien probably got hit hardest with this trope and a bad case of AbortedArc (his homosexuality) going from getting a lot of CharacterFocus in the first 3 seasons to having the least plot importance of any original character during the last 4 seasons.



* RedOniBlueOni: Shane (Red Oni) and Ronnie (Blue Oni); Shane is impulsive and often seen wearing a red leather jacket, while Ronnie is quiet and interverted, and wore blue.

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* RedOniBlueOni: Shane (Red Oni) and Ronnie (Blue Oni); Shane is impulsive and often seen wearing a red leather jacket, while Ronnie is quiet and interverted, introverted, and wore blue.
17th Jul '15 10:13:45 AM Azaram
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* LaserGuidedAmnesia: Subverted: Tavon and Shane did not get off on the right foot, largely because of Shane's racism and the fact that Vic was taking a liking to Tavon, even though he was also keeping the Strike Team's criminal activities a secret from him. Needless to say, Tavon and Shane ultimately came to blows and an iron to the head thanks to Mara (Shane's girlfriend) and conclussion caused car crash later, put Tavon in the hospital with short term amnesia. Shane then begs Vic and Lem (who also became close to Tavon) to lie their asses off to Tavon, telling him that he initiated the fight and accidentally "hit" Mara, which made Tavon agree to not tell anyone about the "fight" and let everyone think that the car crash caused his injuries. Cue season seven, when Tavon shows back up and request that Shane work with him on capturing a bad guy Shane had arrested early in his career. After catching the criminal and the two men getting along well, Tavon drops the bomb on Shane, revealing that his amnesia had been faked and that he simply played along with Vic and Lem's lies about the fight, after quickly putting two and two together that they were covering Shane's ass.

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* LaserGuidedAmnesia: Subverted: Tavon and Shane did not get off on the right foot, largely because of Shane's racism and the fact that Vic was taking a liking to Tavon, even though he was also keeping the Strike Team's criminal activities a secret from him. Needless to say, Tavon and Shane ultimately came to blows and an iron to the head thanks to Mara (Shane's girlfriend) and conclussion concussion caused car crash later, put Tavon in the hospital with short term amnesia. Shane then begs Vic and Lem (who also became close to Tavon) to lie their asses off to Tavon, telling him that he initiated the fight and accidentally "hit" Mara, which made Tavon agree to not tell anyone about the "fight" and let everyone think that the car crash caused his injuries. Cue season seven, when Tavon shows back up and request that Shane work with him on capturing a bad guy Shane had arrested early in his career. After catching the criminal and the two men getting along well, Tavon drops the bomb on Shane, revealing that his amnesia had been faked and that he simply played along with Vic and Lem's lies about the fight, after quickly putting two and two together that they were covering Shane's ass.
15th May '15 5:21:57 PM ANTMuddle
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[[spoiler:Vic makes the arrests he needs to bring down the Cartel and ensure his immunity, but his victory proves Phyrric. Claudette--having shown up halfway through Vic's confession--reads Shane's unfinished suicide note to Vic right before ordering Ronnie's arrest; she also reveals to Vic that everyone knows about the crimes he and the Strike Team committed. Vic's ex-wife takes his children and escapes into Witness Protection to make sure he can never find any of them again, and the ICE agent Vic thought he bamboozled forces him into working desk duty for the duration of a three-year "probation" period which will ensure his immunity from prosecution.]]

At the end of the series, Vic [[spoiler:ends up without a family, a real career, the power and influence he held while working the streets, and a chance of ever getting any of those things back. He is entirely on his own.]]

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[[spoiler:Vic makes the arrests he needs to bring down the Cartel and ensure his immunity, but his victory proves Phyrric.Pyrrhic. Claudette--having shown up halfway through Vic's confession--reads Shane's unfinished suicide note to Vic right before ordering Ronnie's arrest; she also reveals to Vic that everyone knows about the crimes he and the Strike Team committed. Vic's ex-wife takes his children and escapes into Witness Protection to make sure he can never find any of them again, and the ICE agent Vic thought he bamboozled forces him into working desk duty for the duration of a three-year "probation" period which will ensure his immunity from prosecution.]]

At the end of the series, Vic [[spoiler:ends up without a family, a real career, the power and influence he held while working the streets, and a chance of ever getting any of those things back. back.]] He is entirely on his own.]]
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