So today is shipping war day. gabrielleabelle has a good post on why shipping misses the point. I'd add that the other reason it's silly is because BtVS is polysemic. (I'm still having a love affair with that word, it means capable of different interpretations). We all really can win here. I thought #34 was very nice for someone with my sensibilities. People I disagree with strongly think that #34 was very nice for their sensibilities. So why all the screaming?
Anyway, I just finishing watching seven seasons of The Shield, which really isn't polysemic (that I've noticed, anyway), but is really quite good. It's gritty LA cop stuff, which I mostly don't like. I can never keep track of how all the drug deals work. But it delivers a remarkable character: Vic Mackey, who has some genuinely heroic traits, who also cuts corners in pursuit of the good and goes terribly terribly wrong as a result. For the most part the show does a good job of not dialing back on either the heroism or the villainy so at least for me, I hit the finish line both loving him and hating him. There's more to be said -- below the cut with full spoilers for all seven seasons.
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