The Shield

Season 1 Episode 11

Carnivores

1
Aired Tuesday 10:00 PM May 21, 2002 on FX
8.9
out of 10
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150 votes
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Episode Summary

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Mackey and the Strike Team mediate a dispute between Rondell Robinson and the Nation of Islam while Wagenbach and Wyms investigate a brutal home invasion in the tight lipped Korean community. Meanwhile, Aceveda revisits his past.

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  • This was an acceptable ep, but I felt the writers were overreaching in an attempt to inject a socially releveant message into the plot. Despite their efforts, the subplots about noble Muslims and inscrutable Koreans unintentionally perpetuate stereotypes.moreless

    8.8
    I'm not sure exactly why this episode didn't exactly thrill me. All of the usual elements were there: A bang-up opening-Rondell and Kern are shot at, and blame a group of Muslims. A threat to their continued operations arises that The Strike Team has to squash- Rondell is growing increasingly unstable, intentionally inciting the Muslims and mouthing off about his protection from Mackey. Vic is in full enforcer mode, but also showing his tender side, as he advocates in his own way for his son's admission to a top school for children with autism. Julien remains deeply conflicted about his sexuality, and his self-hate takes a frighteningly self-destructive turn. Claudette and Dutch work a case in which young Koreans are pulling off home-invasion burglaries against their own family members. Danny is still getting crap for being a woman on the force. She confronts Julien about his self-conflict, and reveals that she knows he is gay Probably the most intriguing development is that a skeleton from Aceveda's past threatens his political aspirations. It gives Benito Martinez the chance to portray something other than irritation with Vic Mackey for a change. Aceveda is still my least favorite character, but it's nice to see another dimension of his personality.



    My problem is that not much happens to further the plotlines that have been of the most interest to me this season. The Muslim characters were hackneyed sterotypes, and I was not the least bit interested in their story arc. Ditto with the Korean characters- the whole subplot just wasn't interesting, and what was up with making the Korean lady a racist who refused to cooperate with Wyms? It just seemed like a plot device to bring in some stock Asian characters. I guess my biggest objection is that, once again, the main characters took a back seat to these one-off storylines that added nothing to the overall series arc. I wish the writers would quit doing that.



    This is, nevertheless, a must-see episode because of the developments with Julien and Aceveda.moreless
  • Review

    8.1
    Its been a while now, but once again the writing fails to uphold the standards so many shows have come to have to have in order to survive. There are a lot of unresolved storylines that aren't being adressed again - like Dutchs relationship with the woman that was so strong a couple of episodes ago. I think that the drug storyline is a bit overused, we kind of get the idea that Vic uses the drug dealers to get around and capture some of the other ones that try to come in an invade them. The only thing this episode did was really shake some things up - Get rid of Rondell and bring in the new guy. It continued to show us the two sides of Vic...the man on the job and the man at home. The storyline about his kid getting into the school was pretty boring and I thinkt he episode would have been better with a little less of that. Overall, bottom of the barrell if Im ranking the seasons episodes I think.moreless
CCH Pounder

CCH Pounder

Detective Claudette Wyms

Michael Chiklis

Michael Chiklis

Detective Vic Mackey

Jay Karnes

Jay Karnes

Detective Holland "Dutch" Wagenbach

Michael Jace

Michael Jace

Officer Julien Lowe

Walton Goggins

Walton Goggins

Detective Shane Vendrell

Catherine Dent

Catherine Dent

Officer Danielle "Danny" Sofer

David Jung

David Jung

Jeweler

Guest Star

Walter Jones

Walter Jones

Rondell Robinson

Guest Star

Katy Boyer

Katy Boyer

Maureen Wilmore

Guest Star

Brent Roam

Brent Roam

Tomas Motyashik

Recurring Role

Camillia Sanes

Camillia Sanes

Aurora Aceveda

Recurring Role

Efrain Figueroa

Efrain Figueroa

Jorge Machado

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (2)

    • When Rondell is first found dead, his "R" necklace is facing the right way. A few moments later when Dutch is leaning over him we see the R is now backwards, and Dutch has to use his pen to turn it the other way.

    • When Acevada goes to see Marine for the second time, You can see a couple of camera men in the background. As Marine turns to switch off the stereo you can see somebody holding a camera and the hand of someone else. It happens fast and I wasn't sure if I saw it or if my mind was playing tricks the first time but if u do frame by frame on the DVD its clear to see. It must be the camera and boom men filming Acevada.

  • QUOTES (2)

    • Shane: Looks like you wandered into the wrong prayer group there, Frosty.

    • Tio: This whole Nation of Islam thing came on when he was high.
      Vic: How would you have handled it?
      Tio: Let them have the corner, move three blocks over. Dopers follow the dope. Pissing off the beanpack crowd just gives them a reason to live.
      Vic: Throw a little bit of that peaceful resistance right back at 'em huh?
      Tio: Mmm-hmm. Now, if I'm done filling out the job application, let's talk about how much rent's gonna be.
      Vic: Actually, fifty-grand lets you move in right away.
      Tio: Good thing I've been saving. (They shake hands)
      Vic: It's a good thing.

  • NOTES (4)

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • Ritual Suicide

      In many cultures, it's an unspoken ritual for men to kill themselves when they have shamed their own home or people. But usually it's done in a much more bloody fashion. The ritual is meant to be slow, not quick.

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