It took me a few episodes, but I finally understand that Thief was nothing more than a way for FX to not show Cops and 70s Show in that ten o'clock slot. This series although it had a number of promising moments, doesn't hold a candle to the FX greats like The Shield and Niptuck and probably Rescue Me. There are a few reasons for this...and I'll delve into them.
First off, FX execs never gave this show a chance. By only allowing six episodes, we never truly got to feel for any of the characters. The wife dying meant nothing. Izzy dying meant nothing. I felt a slight pang when it's implied Gabo dies at the end of the series, and when Elmo the family man gets arrested...but nothing compared to when Lem got blown away on the Shield. This show had enough in it to last for at least twelve episodes, and if they had stretched this series out a bit, this finale would've been a little better. That said, I blame the FX execs partially for this show only being a filler for the FX great shows.
Next, I blame the writers. I don't see why people are saying the finale was great...in my eyes the finale was an insult to the previous few episodes which truly were great. The finale continued with a bunch of inconsistancies just like the previous episodes had, but while regular episodes are given some room for error, a finale is supposed to be spotless. Before I get into the finale, lets discuss the problems with the regular season episoides. The corrupt cop. What was his point in this series? It was an alternate storyline that I believed would eventually come together with the Nick heist storyline, it never amounted to anything. Izzy, what was the point of his introduction and eventual death? Due to how young the series was, nobody even felt bad for Izzy. The only point I see from him, was that he drove a slightly bigger wedge between Nicky and Tammy which could've been done in a better way. The fence lady...what was the point of her? It seems like all these people were created to serve as target practice for the asian hitman who's name escapes me at the moment. They seem to have been created to make us fear whathisname and his ability.
Now to the problems with the finale...It was meaningless. The rambo FBI guy...pointless. He did nothing in the entire episode that amounted to anything. I understand he was supposed to make it feel like the FBI were on Nick's heels...but he didn't. It seemed like he was just someone to fill the time in between scenes between Nicky, Gabo, Jack, Elmo, Tammy, and Riley. And Riley...jesus. What's with the sudden twist? He seemed like a father figure to Nick all goodhearted and stuff...then the sudden twist? Completely out of character. The girl Jack loved. What was the point of her? If she had turned him in or something...that would've been one thing, but the way it ended was just meaningless. Elmo...why continue on the phone when he knew his cover got blown? He seemed level headed for the most part, yet this was a completely amature and stupid move.
I'm sure that I'm missing some stuff that bothered me, that was the jist of it. Now don't get me wrong, I really liked this series..but it had a lot of flaws. I appreciate that it gave me something to watch on TV, and it was by no means a bad show...but it definately didn't compete with the FX greats.
Something that bothered me...I think it's safe to assume that Nick and the rest of the guys would split the cash evenly. If Nick had 6 mil, then Gabo, Jack, and Elmo had six mil...that equals 24 mil. 24 was stolen total, so what was left for Riley, the delievery guy, and everyone else?