Recurring Episodes is a regular feature taking an in-depth look each week at a single episode of television, placing it in the context of the larger TV landscape to show what works, what doesn’t, what’s important, and what’s entertaining about the shows of the new Golden Age of Television, and the series that served as influence on those shows. Learn more about Recurring Episodes here.
Welcome to the first real installment of Recurring Episodes. This week, the show under the microscope is “Dragonchasers,” a first-season episode of FX’s groundbreaking police drama The Shield. Warning: Spoilers for the episode, and the series in general, are present in this piece.