A new CBS All Access drama puts Michael Chiklis, best known as the corrupt detective Vic Mackey from “The Shield,” in a new position: an ex-border agent forced to see things from the other side. He also seems to have a low connection to a Russian stripper who’s name I can’t remember from here onward as well. Come home from work and see their stereo is still there. Area Knowledge (Farmington), Credentials (police, medium), Gift of Gab, Headquarters (confined, the Strike Team room in the Barn), Iron Nerves, Languages (some Spanish), Leadership, Omni-connection, Scholar (Farmington gangs), Sharp Eye. When those ties are cut or stretched thin later, he can’t manage as he did, and he has to keep cutting corners while at the same time trying to reestablish his street cred. Clark's legacy to Vic was the justification that they always "did more good than bad". In season one, his son Matthew was diagnosed with autism. The Strike Team’s surveillance and electronics expert. Shane Vendrell: “I’m not doing anything that we weren’t doing before. Vic Mackey doesn’t get away with it. His racist, reckless attitude and questionable decisions often got in him trouble, after which Vic typically bailed him out. He also mentions that his father was a bricklayer. A veteran detective. However, Connie was killed in season 2, by a murderer on a criminal informant assignment for Mackey. After a failed attempt to seek revenge against Vic Mackey by attempting to assault Corrine Mackey and (supposedly) allying with Antwon Mitchell to send Lem to a prison under Mitchell's control, Kavanaugh planted evidence in Vic's home, implicating Vic in the murder of Lemansky. He's a big tough guy, makes fun of 'losers' like Dutch, ran circles around Acevada and later Billings, and often gets laid. Street (high or low) as the plot dictates, Underworld (low), Detective Ronnie Gardocki (high), LAPD (powerful, low) was high in the 1st 2 seaons, but soured after Gilroy went rogue. Connections (Season 5): Although Julien approached Captain Aceveda and promised to testify against Vic and the Team, Mackey swiftly obtained leverage against his fellow cop. Claudette is the self-appointed voice of morality at the Barn and often butts heads with Vic over his tactics. Mackey's training officer and first partner was Joe Clark, who taught him how to deal with violent street criminals and how to bend the laws to his advantage. A typical example is using a criminal investigation into one party to get information or influence that helps him leverage another person. I. F. E. New word, new word! The brick of heroin was soon seized by IAD and Lem became a means with which Lieutenant Jon Kavanaugh could take down the entire Strike Team. Vic Mackey is the best of the best and former police commander of Farmington’s famed/infamous Strike Team. A politically ambitious former police captain, elected to the Los Angeles City Council. The ACC then shared the information with HuffPost, which ran a lengthy profile of Casarez. Detective and partner of Claudette Wyms. Claudette made the offer to Julien, who was hesitant, mainly because of the thought of being partnered with Vic on a daily basis. Victor Samuel Mackey, played by Michael Chiklis, is a fictional character and the protagonist of the highly acclaimed FX crime drama series The Shield, which ran for seven seasons. Later, while Vic and Strike Team members Shane Vendrell and Crowley were raiding the home of a rival drug lord (named "Two Time"), the dealer stepped out of the bathroom with a pistol and was promptly gunned down by Vic and Shane. Navigation. As the series moved toward a close, Vic finagled a Federal deal for full immunity from prosecution for every crime he admitted to. Though little is known about Ronnie, he has proven more and more in recent times to be the most solid, well-rounded member of the Strike Team and has remained fiercely loyal to Vic through thick and thin. In the early days of the Strike Team, Mackey was nearly taken down when rookie Officer Julien Lowe caught Vic and the Strike Team stealing cocaine from a crime scene. At the end of the sixth season, Aceveda continued to push for progress on the San Marcos killings, a massacre of several Mexican immigrants by unknown assailants, mostly at the behest of Mexican real estate developer Cruz Pezuela, who was also financing his investigation committee into a possible run for mayor. He just isn’t ever able to prove it. For example, in the first-season finale, Vic cornered a teenaged murder witness and demanded to know who murdered two police officers. Vic Mackey : Write what I tell you. Shane drove off, calling Vic a hypocrite. There are other members/associates that have been identified and others yet to be identified, but the big fish is the de-facto leader who hides behind the alias “Vic Mackey,” a reference to a character from the popular cop show The Shield, noted for his corruption and racism. Hey, hey Smitty. Bonuses and Limitations: Aceveda was shocked to learn the dirty secrets of many of the most influential people in Southern California, including public officials, mayoral aides, and the heads of special interest groups. This created a very subtle, bumpy friendship between the two. Rondel Robinson the drug dealer was a high connection until Mackey sold him out and allowed him to be murdered thus he basically traded the incompetent Rondel for the more competent Tio, Detective Shane Vendrell (high), Detective Claudette Wyms (low), Sergeant Danielle “Danny” Sofer (low), Corrin his wife can be counted as a high connection and then low after she comes back from running away for the rest of the series. In season 5, she is appointed Captain after several attempts in previous years. It’s actually quite complex, really. He was orally raped at gunpoint, which eventually drove him to arrange a deal with druglord Antwon Mitchell to kill his rapist in prison. His crimes include drug dealing, extortion, police brutality, and murder. She made it clear to Vic that if he deviated from the rules set for him it would be a violation of his immunity deal. With this one line in the pilot, The Shield sets its stall out from the beginning - … In particular Aceveda and Mackey have gone from having a Low Connection to Enemy no less then a dozen times. David Aceveda: “Mackey’s not a cop. David Aceveda is both an enemy and a low connection. Shortly afterwards she returned early from maternity leave so that she could take the position of Sergeant at the Barn. When Vic learned the truth, he confronted Shane, and he told Shane that if he ever saw him again, he would kill him. Remington shotgun [BODY 04, Projectile weapons: 06 (Diminishing), Range: 03, Ammo: 07, R#03, Advantage: Scattershot, Limitation : Projectile weapons has No Range – use the Range listed instead, Drawback: Very long reload time]. I’m just pumping things up a level.” He only accepted the promotion after being told that Vic would soon be fired from the department. This is his only redeeming quality. Lauren Riley: “You still got that wife ?” Even when he has broken these laws himself, he has often justified it to himself by doing so in order to solve what he regards as more serious crimes. Short summary describing this character. Vic Mackey, portrayed by Michael Chiklis, is a corrupt Los Angeles cop, and the central character of The Shield. Gardocki's loyalty is exhibited the best when Shane revealed his and Vic's murder of Terry Crowley years earlier, in order to drive a wedge between the remaining two members of the Strike Team. Mackey and his crew would fit right into Gotham, Bloodhaven, or any other extremely brutal city where criminals run rampant. After an arrest caused by Vic and Lem's viewing of a personal moment between Kavanaugh and his ex-wife, Lem decided to plead guilty to the charges. And how you’re going to deal with that. Although Vic was devastated, he restrained himself from reacting emotionally to the material when he noticed the surveillance cameras that Wyms was watching him on. Medical Examiner: “Take your pick. Link to germane writeups.org articles on the web (your blog, online forums, comments areas…). In Vic’s case he would either use only his EV or only his AV when in hand to hand combat he can choose to have an EV:4/AV:4 or an AV:5/EV:3, but not both at the same time. Mackey represents a complex character that is full of both vice and virtue and that could be tremendously useful in any gritty realistic campaign where the truth and lies are as hard to separate as right and wrong. Mackey is very adept at manipulating a given situation in ways that not only resolve that particular issue but that also serve his other agendas. However, Shane began blackmailing Vic by threatening to surrender and testify against him unless he was kept ahead of the manhunt. Vic Mackey is an LAPD officer, leader of the Strike Team, and an iconic TV antihero. Dependent (wife and children), Dark Secret (killing fellow law enforcement office Terry Crowley), Dark Secret (robbing the Armenian money train), Enemy (See the Enemy of My Enemy is My Friend section below), Guilt. rededicated himself to support his friends and family in light of the crimes and trouble he had caused them. Though he had often cheated on his wife, he was devastated when she left him. However the important thing is this means that he would most certainly but heads with costumed vigilantes. However, as Detective Crowley walked into the room, Vic picked up Two Time's gun and shot him in the head. Although Julien continued to serve alongside the Team, the corrupt activities of Shane, Vic, and Ronnie were carefully concealed from him. The tension between Mackey and David Aceveda evolved in different ways since the birth of The Shield. This is THE cop show to watch. Character » appears in 1 games. However, problems between the two resulted in the marriage disintegrating. The next season is likely to focus on this. When the deal went sour, Lem was forced to go into hiding. His deal with ICE results in a 3-year desk job where he’s forced to file ultimately meaningless reports. Vic Mackey: “Well, seeing as you and Claudette’s Wonder Twin Powers aren’t fully activated yet, I’ll do you a favor and pick up the slack on this one.”, Smitty: “Why are you guys always coming to me with this shit ?” He is without question a brilliant police officer in every way, particularly in the aspect of social interaction. Soon after, Vic visited Kavanaugh in prison and gloated over his victory, but the disgraced Lieutenant remained unfazed. Shane Vendrell: “Thanks. After Vic arranged an immunity deal with ICE, Aceveda was enraged that Vic could never be prosecuted for any of his crimes. In the first season, Aceveda was heavily bent on proving Mackey's guilt, putting all his effort into taking him down. The burn scars present on his face after he shaved his beard in Season 6 (given to him by Armadillo in Season 2) are proof of his loyalty to the team. Mackey was a veteran detective who started with a simple mission to make his community a better place by cleaning up the streets so that ordinary honest citizens wouldn’t have to live in fear. Connections (Season 2): When Dutch Wagenbach and Claudette Wyms exposed his actions, Kavanaugh was stripped of his badge and imprisoned. Again Aceveda has had multiple opportunities to ruin Mackey’s career, but has always refrained simply because it went against his political interest at the time and might have hurt his chances of advancing his own political career. Vic did recover from this however and his statistics seem to have returned to normal by the end of the 6th season. Certainly not your typical television protagonist, as the character shot and killed a fellow police detective in the pilot episode of the series, without any remorse of regret. Aceveda also used his political influence to ensure that Mackey was forced into early retirement at a Review Board Hearing. However, when Julien was offered a position in the Strike Team, he at first refused, saying that he did not wish to work alongside Mackey. It is even debatable that they currently (at the end of the 6th season) have a High Connection to one another. Soon after obtaining this position he grew sick of all the rules and regulations and decided that a more extreme form of justice was needed. As his fellow officers kicked down the door, Shane shot himself in the head. Vic Mackey's morality could be considered an example of selfish consequentialism. Connections: As a confessed cop-killer, Vic was regarded as scum by his former colleagues at the Barn and was trapped in a cubicle by his new employers at I.C.E. As the series wound to a close, Aceveda and Vic continued to collaborate in order to destroy Pezuela's drug cartel. During the fifth season, Vic attempted to throw Internal Affairs Lieutenant Jon Kavanaugh from his game by sleeping with Kavanaugh's mentally-ill ex-wife. While arresting a wanted fugitive, Vic noted that the latter was having homosexual relations with Julien. One sought to bust Mackey for his criminal acts and the other sought to replace him. As previously stated there is a lot of moral ambiguity in this series and thus listings of any connections would need constant updating as they rapidly change not just from season to season, but from episode to episode. He offered to hand her body over to Shane in return for the body of Vic Mackey. Belt radio [BODY 03, Radio communications: 05]. The Decoy Squad and it’s individual members (low at first, but eventually high as the two teams start to share a sort of comradary and friendly rivalry. Connections (Season 3): As his former colleagues eyed him with frigid loathing, Vic left the precinct for the last time. I’m burning.‘. However, Vic dissuaded him and tried to arrange ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) jobs for the both of them. This and other things led to a constant downward spiral of Mackey and his team having to cover up some of their more extreme practices to save their own hides. Mackey later returned with the memory card, the background story of the photo, and all the existing copies. Vic Mackey: “Because you’re the last honest guy we know.”. Lem's loyalty was tested when he found out Vic killed Terry, but he remained loyal to the team. By continuing to use our website, you agree to our use of cookies – explained on our cookies info page. He even tried to guilt a confession from Vic and Shane by ordering them to revisit the crime scene and describe what happened in front of Terry's weeping brother. Regardless, both men would later individually find out the truth behind Terry's death years later; Lem through Jon Kavanaugh, and Ronnie through Shane. However, the scrutiny takes it toll on him as the series progresses. It was kill or be killed.” List of The Shield characters. Mackey is a corrupt and brutal detective in the Los Angeles Police Department. This "friendship," however, ended when Aceveda left for his City Council position, but not before writing a scathing letter which accused Mackey of the Crowley murder and irreparably damaged his career. Lem was notably closer with Terry as shown by his reaction to the news of his death, and was acknowledged by Vic and Shane as being the most conscientious of the team, both facts which would prove problematic. Along with his partner, Detective Claudette Wyms, Dutch is widely considered to be the moral center of the show due to his willingness to do the right thing in spite of the temptation to engage in illegal police activities.Dutch is the best interrogator on the series, and second only to Wyms as far as detectives go in the series. A quite visible, heavier piece of body armour. In season 5, Lieutenant Jon Kavanaugh of internal affairs made it his personal mission to send Vic to prison for Terry's murder. As Aceveda succinctly put it, no one truly understands how insidiously manipulative Mackey is until they have had Vic look them in the eye, lie to them, and make them doubt themselves even when they *know* he’s full of shit. Negotiating truce with gangs, shoot outs, major drug and mafia related busts and going after the worst criminals in society are all in a days work for Mackey an his crew. That and he gains the miscellaneous drawback of forced retirement. In a DVD commentary for season four, Chiklis mentions that the strike team members are from the same areas as the actors who portray them, implying that Mackey is a native of the Boston, Massachusetts area. The bad cop ?” Detectives, Gang members, etc. When the pimp revealed the truth to Dutch Wagenbach, Shane fled the Barn and went on the run with his wife and son. Ronnie was generally left out of the most questionable of the Team's illegal activities due to his less active role within the team, though this would eventually change as he became closer to Vic. The second series prequel 'Co-Pilot' shows them working together as partners on a murder investigation. He’s worthy of a low connection. During the formation of a new Strike Team, Claudette offered Julien to Kevin Hiatt as a possible addition to the team. Vic Mackey: “Thank God !”, Captain Monica Rawling: “Let me guess – you’re either with Vic Mackey or you’re against him.” His character given his shorter stature, yet fierce demeanor has been co… Detective Shane Vendrell was Vic's best friend since before the formation of The Barn and the creation of the Strike Team. He is without question a brilliant police officer in every way, particularly in the aspect of social interaction. He is also supposed to keep tabs on the strike team. She then brought Vic into the interrogation room and read Shane's suicide letter aloud, while showing him photographs of the Vendrell bodies. Vic Mackey: “Take your pick.”, Vic Mackey, about Shane’s baby, Jackson: “Cute kid.” At the start of the second season, Aceveda, not wanting a scandal in the midst of his political career, agreed to watch Mackey's back if he could make the Strike Team appear to clean up their act and exhibit professionalism at all times. Despite his actions, Mackey considers himself a devoted father and family man.[1][2][3][4][5][6]. "The Shield" is about an experimental division of the Los Ange Vic Mackey. Vic Mackey is the best of the best and former police commander of Farmington’s famed/infamous Strike Team. It should also be assumed that Mackey usually has at least two Enemies at any given time one of which should be powerful. Corinne and the children disappeared into the Witness Protection Program. Married with children, he often commits adultery, such as with his fellow officer, Danielle "Danny" Sofer. Shane Vendrell: “It’s all tied up in the coke shipment.” Vic removed a .357 Desert Eagle pistol from his drawer, holstered it beneath his shirt and walked off into the night. The main character and leader of the strike team. Mackey participates in one raid, and realizes this type of occupation is both dangerous and unnecessarily cruel. S. U. X. Help ! The series follows a dysfunctional special unit of the Los Angeles Police Department, whose corruption problem was closely based on real-world precedents. But with Vic unable to fulfill a deal with Antwon Mitchell to ensure Lem's safety, Vic made Lem go fugitive. I’m detective Vic Mackey.” After Cruz Pezuela persuaded the drug lord Guillermo Beltran to visit from Mexico, it became apparent that Beltran was the major focus of an ongoing ICE investigation. It’s a well-known secret he’s corrupt, but no one can prove it. Topic. The main character and leader of the Strike Team. Frightened by what actions Vic may take for her attempts to send him to prison, Vic's ex-wife Corinne pleaded with Claudette and Dutch for protection from him. Share. Also after Lem’s death lower his Mind to 5. Vic is not absolutely evil, but he definitely a corrupt cop. In the aftermath, Vic undertook several actions to avenge Lem's death, including torturing and killing suspect Guardo Lima and trying to murder real killer Shane Vendrell on multiple occasions after he learned of Shane's role in Lem's death. Vic is typically assumed to have the following connections normally. Were it not for some of his more questionable methods and shadows of corruption it is likely that he would have been made Captain of the Farmington Division and would have gone a long way to brutally and ruthlessly cleaning up the streets in on of America’s most notorious areas. “Vic Mackey” refers to himself as the “HBIC” or “Head Bowl In Charge” and has earned a … Dutch is characterized by many as a socially inept nerd even though he is a successful police detective. List of The Shield characters is similar to these characters: Ava Moore, Vic Mackey, Gus Grimly and more. On Bravo TV's countdown of the 100 Greatest Television Characters, Michael Chiklis described Mackey as "a cross between Hannibal Lecter and Dirty Harry." Mackey’s Enemies are, after all human, and have their own agendas as well so truces or even peace can and are negotiated if one party has something to offer the other. These days is to make it to their former precinct secretly warned this! 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