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The Shield – Vic’s confession – Live-blog/Chat

(Season 7, Episode 12 – “Possible Kill Screen”)

It’s the final two episodes of one of my most beloved shows on television, The Shield. I thought it only fitting that I start out with a live-blog/chat tonight, where we fans can congregate, discuss and weep in our beers about the show’s conclusion.

Earlier tonight I live-blogged the episode. You can read the transcript below. Should I run another live-blog for the finale next week? Let me know in the comments.

For once, an episode I haven’t seen ahead of time. In the dark like the rest of you.
That preview made me think the idea of running is back on the table.
(Not preview, recap)
How can Shane’s kid look just about as old as Vic’s son already?
You’d think Shane holding a badge would allow him to go in and take down some scared dealers in another district rather than have to pull this off.
God that canon she was holding had no recoil.
God that couldn’t have been good for her unborn kid.
It’s good that the storylines have worked out that Vic isn’t living with his family anyore, otherwise wouldn’t they wonder where he is all day while unemployed?
Wow, Dani’s back. Didn’t see that coming.
I knew that Rita storyline wasn’t dead yet. Not going to end well there.

Glad to see Vic not budging with his deal, making sure he’ll be taken care of, along with Ronnie.
Looks like Olivia didn’t care for Vic’s bluff.
Uh, Vic — you should be looking for a new line of work now.
“Omar does have the best prices in town.”
Vic with a car seat. Now that’s a scene.
Something tells me the paperwork is BS.
Wow Vic has to do some soul searching right here and now, in front of Ronnie.
Will Vic and Ronnie get a deal before midnight?

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Love the short commercial breaks.
Oh man, this is good. Shane is in deep shite.
He’s damn lucky Maura and his son weren’t in the car.
Wow, arrest Corinne! Another didn’t-see-that-coming
Right about now Vic must be thinking he needs to get that deal signed NOW.
I had a broken collar bone once. That pain looks about right if the brace isn’t good.
There we go Vic. Takin’ the deal.
Wonder what Ronnie is going to say about that. Did Olivia mean she can never do anything for Ronnie, or it can wait until next week like Vic said?
Sign it Vic! Sign it!
God I can hear the cops running down the hallway now.
Victor Samuel Mackey — I guess we’ll find out a lot of things doing with Vic’s past we didn’t already know.
Vic has so much dirt on him he can’t think where to start.
That look on Olivia’s face is of pure horror.
Olivia: “Is that it?”
Vic: “How much memory has that thing got?”

So does this mean Vic really can’t be taken in for anything he’s done?
Surprised they’re not barging in there before he can tell it all.
Wow, if Vic even knew who was listening in. I’m still not sure why she didn’t get in there and try to nail Vic on something else.

Vic really is one sick bastard. The actress playing Olivia nailed the disgusted look to a T. This episode could have been called “The Confessional”, because Vic let it all out. And in some ways, I wonder if he feels better for having shared it. But after this is all done, what does Vic really have to live for?
Vic’s past is only something that can be an embarassment to his entire family, especially his kids. Being around for them is only worse.
So, how will it go down next week? So many things could happen. Vic could fail to bring down the cartell, invalidating his deal. He could succeed and ride off into the sunset while Ronnie rots in jail. Or maybe Vic will commit one final crime that takes him down.
Next week is the 90 minute finale. Sound off in the comments if you want me to do another liveblog. Wasn’t much of a chat because, well, nobody’s here. *sniff* I feel so alone. G’night!

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8 Responses to “The Shield – Vic’s confession – Live-blog/Chat”

November 19, 2008 at 1:24 AM

Well ho. lee. shat. What an amazing lead in to the final episode. The last couple of minutes were incredible. Watching Vic go from wrestling with what to say at the beginning, and then be laughing at his various deeds by the end? What a transformation. Michael Chiklis is incredible.

My theory for the final episode is that Claudette gets someone to strike a deal with Ronnie giving him immunity if he makes the bust before Vic. Then it will come down to a race between the two, and eventually a standoff. Can’t wait can’t wait can’t wait.

November 19, 2008 at 6:22 AM

Great episode. Wow. I never thought I’d see Vic fess up to all the things he’s done. I’m trying to figure out how he feels about it. Horrified? Ashamed? Smug? Ambivalent? Now that he’s betrayed his last friend, I feel like they’ve stripped away the last bits of his humanity.

Wouldn’t it be crazy if he didn’t die at the end of next week’s episode? He’s always been a few steps ahead of everyone else, what if he gets out of all this scot-free?

Or, I can see the writers going full-tragedy. Everyone dies. Vic kills Corinne, Ronnie kills Vic, Shane kills his family and himself, Rita’s son kills Dutch and Claudette dies of whatever it is she’s dying from.

Okay, sorry for the verbal diarrhea. Next week’s going to be great.

November 19, 2008 at 8:50 AM

I’d say Vic’s smile during his confession was from relief. Like I said, it was like a confessional to him. He now has this huge weight off his shoulders, having spilled everything to someone who had to listen to every part of it.

That’s a good theory about Ronnie getting the jump on Vic. I really can’t see how Vic could possibly retain his job, now that everything’s known about him. What happens if he retires or gets fired down the road? Can all of that immunity go away?

I could see Claudette going bonkers and deciding to take out Vic herself. Not sure about “everyone” dying though. That would be a but much, no?

November 19, 2008 at 10:56 PM

Yeah, I think Ryan’s theory about Claudette making a deal with Ronnie makes the most sense. She just needs to rush in there and tell him what she knows and she’ll have him by the short hairs. When he finds out Vic turned on him, he’ll be only too happy to oblige.

I wouldn’t worry about Vic’s deal. If he even makes it that far, his antics would (probably) eventually lead to them begging for him leave. And they’d likely end up having to pay him to go.

Okay…I guess everyone dying would be kind of an overkill (ha…). But I still think the death count is going to be pretty high.

November 19, 2008 at 8:25 AM

Weirdy… I got the feeling that Vic was being smug, because (1) he always is, and (2) in his own mind, he beat the system. He knew that he had gotten away with everything and there was nothing they could do at this point. One thing I couldn’t figure out: Was Vic making that show about the immunity to Ronnie part of his master plan or was he always going to sell Ronnie out? I think it was part of his master plan, because as he told the ICE Agent, he’s got Ronnie in his back pocket. Now that Vic’s admitted everything, he’s banking on the drug cartel. My thought isn’t that everyone is going to die, but that this drug thing either does not materialize since there were too many variables being established this episode, and Vic’s immunity is terminated. Or, as you mentioned, Claudette tells Ronnie about Vic and he beats Vic to the punch. Either way, next week’s ep is going to be one hell of a series finale.

November 19, 2008 at 11:02 PM

Man, if Vic planned on selling Ronnie out all along – then he really is a monster (I’m not sure why I think that’s the straw that breaks the camel’s back). But I think that increases his chances of survival (because if my grandma is any indiction, evil never dies).

November 19, 2008 at 10:06 AM

What an amazing episode. There were times I noticed I was completely on the edge of my seat watching it. I can’t wait for next week’s finale. It should be packed with fireworks!

November 20, 2008 at 2:04 AM

Great liveblog! Sad I missed it, but you can be sure I’d welcome another one for next week’s finale. Can’t wait to experience the end.

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