THE SHIELD “Coefficient of Drag” (S7E01) Early Review

Michael Chiklis as Vic Mackey

THE SHIELD is back with its final season. I had the opportunity of screening the first episode of the season “Coefficient of Drag” and I wanted to share my thoughts on it.

The season begins right where it left off, without missing a beat. In this episode, Vic is dealing with a lot of things at the same time. I have come to know this character as a master of multi-tasking but still it was kind of impressive to see him handling the following pretty much at the same time:

– Confronting Shane about Kidnapping his family
– Trying to use the stolen blackmail material so that he can avoid retirement
– Trying to find the guy who tried to kill his family
– Trying to keep his ex-wife in the dark about the whole situation
– Oh yeah, also trying to stay under Claudette’s good side too.

All of that, in one day. I am exhausted just thinking about it. And actually that is the problem I had with this first episode of The Shield.

There is just too much going on at the same time. There are simply too many plotlines happening at the same time and it feels messy. Plus it makes each story line kind of bleed into the other unintentionally. A few times during the episode, I thought to myself “Who is that guy again?” or “Wait, so what happened to the other guy”? I actually hate it when that happens to me.

I understand that this may have been intentional. Maybe a not-so-subtle way of having us feel what Vic must be feeling. But come on, there is such a thing as two or three clear and easy to follow plot lines.

Overall it was a decent episode but still was a little difficult to follow. I will watch the rest of the season and hopefully things will gets better. What did you think of the first episode of Season 7 of The Shield “Coefficient of Drag”?