The Shield “Pilot”
The podcast with nothing much ado about aircrafts, and potentially everything ado with first episodes of a filmic series. Join us today as we cast judgement and determine if the intense cop drama The Shield will be hoisted, or not hoisted: that is the question!
- Petard = bomb
- Hoist a pilot = bad episode
- Not hoist a pilot = good episode
[0:56] Episode Intro & Announcements: If you haven’t yet, give us a review on iTunes and choose the next available pilot for us to over analyze and criticize.
[3:55] Summary: An extremely crooked and effective cop, Vic Mackey, is the man around the precinct. He punks anyone who gets in his way, including the Captain (Aceveda) and a cocky detective (Dutch). Mackey uses excessive force, steals money, cheats on his wife, takes care of a prostitute and her son, solves a missing child case, and kills the newest member of his team who was a rat. Mackey is not a good cop or person, but it is clear that he gets the job done.
[4:32] High Points: Mo loved the strong female characters. Jimbo had a ton of high points but piggie backed on Mo’s high point by adding complex characters. Drew loved the non glamorized police work, and how the choppy camera work shifted the perspective and made the scenes more realistic.
[17:20] Low Points: Drew and Jimbo both hated the pedophile interrogation for different reasons.The gang had different views on how the show dealt with race and cop drama in LA.
[26:08] Crabman Award: Lamar stole the show, and will go down as one of the all-time great Crabmen!
[32:33] MVPs: Mo and Jimbo had to go Claudette all the way. Don’t fuck with her, unless you want some fresh shit in your desk. Drew also loved Claudette but found his MVP to be the workplace dynamics and interactions.
[41:10:] Dangling Threads: Mackey! The DT was all about Mackey being an anti-hero, and pretty terrible human being among the racial implications of the “white vigilante cop” versus “dumb criminals.” Mackey lead into the moral dilemma in the interrogation scenes and how Drew’s “24 effect” relates to the 2015 CIA war report. Jimbo’s and Mo’s ethical dilemmas.
[1:08:15] Watch or Rewatch: Strong rewatch appeal, especially with the promise from Jimbo of more Lamar to come.
[1:10:15] To Hoist or Not to Hoist?: Solid Not Hoist, the gang agreed that the Shield will be competing for the best pilot in next weeks’ special ranking episode.
- The Wire anti heros closer to the crime side
- Dexter the ultimate TV anti hero
- Season 1 of True Detective, a cool cop thriller drama
- Fx’s Justified
- Training Day another anti hero and of course Denzel!
[1:15:10] Next Week: There will be a special ranking episode between Jimbo and Drew of the 12 pilot episodes from PnP. Click here to see our following weeks.
[1:15:45] Plugs: Pilots and Petards official closing music is an instrumental Entheos remix of Alive. Official ad background music mixed by Jake Drew. Follow us on Twitter, Instagram, or join our facebook group.
[1:18:07] Reviews: Ms. Nameles
Shop Talk 2.0: What could have been with Mo on the pre Mo episodes. Dilly Dilly. Friday Night Lights. Jimbo’s parents watching Dawson’s Creek. Brian’s shop talk love. The secrecy of the lost West Wing Pilot review. Must watch Kesha’s performance at the Grammy’s. And the very funny Skrillex Girl discussion.