I agree that it was a REALLY great episode, but see the post I copied from IMDB below, and let me know if that "even slightly" sours the final for you. It did me, just a little because he does have some valid points.
Well that lessens Possible Kill Screen but not really the finale. The rest of the Strike Team really got screwed over and Vic has to live with the guilt as well as well as the loss of his family. On that note, I've hated his wife since sometime in Season 1.
It was a perfect ending to the Strike team. Not to mention the exact amount of Justice for Vic, who you have slowly been loosing sympathy but still siding with him, when it comes to getting away with it. Just perfect.
Yeah, I agree that logically it didn't make sense, but it made for such great drama!
I feel that if most shows tried to accurately portray the way things actually work those shows would be very, very boring. Even reality shows fabricate drama and set up unrealistic situations in order to grab the viewers attention. What The Shield finale gave us was that sick feeling that this rotten cop who we all rooted for against our better judgement was actually going to get away with everything he did... but at the cost of losing everything that he did it for. It was a brilliant end to a story.
'Story' being the key word, methinks.
I would love to see some sources and information about the stuff this guy is talking about. Government and police are not always the most logical organizations in the world, y'know. He may be right, but it's hard to believe the creators of the show that's loved, amongst other things, for its realism would bend the reality as much.
Although, maybe for drama... But I'd still like to see some solid info.
Was anyone else as creeped out as me when Dutch decided to strangle that cat? I didn't know if they were going to suddenly make his character some kind of serial killer at that point.
I mean, I get that he was challenged by the guy he'd been interrogating, but just because some nut job tells me what kind of rise it gives him when he looks into the eyes of something he's killing, doesn't make me want to go and kill something to see if he's right... I never really liked his character after that episode.
I found that part fascinating!
I never saw it as Dutch looking for the thrill behind killing the cat. I saw Dutch as so committed to trying to understand the mind of the killers that he faces everyday that he wanted to dip his toes into that murderous realm just to see what it is that these people do and hopefully make himself a better detective in the process. I don't necessarily agree with him doing it, but I saw his motivations to be far from thrill-seeking.