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The Shield: Season 2 [Import]
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Season two developed the characters of Mackey and his crew to new levels. If you haven't seen the show I won't ruin anything for you, but everyone is put through the wringer in these thirteen episodes. We get political intrigue, interoffice machinations, great police drama with healthy doses of sex and violence. Unfortunately that's what most people focus on.
Chicklis deserved the Emmy for the quiet moments as well as the brutal ones. This actor has got a slow burn like no other. There are moments where he says nothing but we can tell all the alternatives he is running through his head by simply looking at his eyes and physicality. This season brings Mackey to a crossroads where he has to make some serious decisions about where his life is headed and we feel every emotion he is going through thanks to this beautiful, bald man.
That having been said, this is not a series for the faint of heart. There are scenes of physical torture, violence against women, hostage situations and raw sex. You are forewarned.
If your stomach can take a brutal, skillfully written, brilliantly acted police drama there is no better way to take up space in your DVD player than The Shield.
The DVD retains the same grainy documentary-like resolution of the TV show and it works in that regard, rather than looking like a bad transfer (other FOX shows are not as lucky in this way).
The episodes themselves remain strong. The season arc was unpredictable - the sense I had of where things were going midseason proved completely off. This is a good thing - the show's strength is its ability to move in surprising directions. Strong and compelling writing is central to The Shield, but my theory about its success is that it is has the best casting on television. Every one of the actors does terrific work with their roles. Michael Chiklis deserves all the plaudits he has received, but credit is also due to C.C.H. Pounder, Jay Karnes, Walton Goggins, Michael Jace, Catherine Dent, and Benito Martinez among others. Their characters are complicated and unpredictable and this is why The Shield is such a success.
A couple of comments about the series: a story about corrupt cops naturally tends to be dark. However, Vic Mackey and his band of detectives are not totally corrupt and are not without any redeeming qualitities. Consequently, the characters are engaging and sometimes charming, and the show has moments of real humor to it. The show is absolutely not for kids: there is a very violent theme underlying the daily activities of the officers (both on and off duty) and a great deal of implied violence, but there is little of the overt, graphic, on-scene violence or torture that I sat through in the Sopranos... I have yet to have to leave the room during an episode of the Shield because of some bloody murder or another. Nonetheless, some plots are very disturbing (for example, one deals with the retaliation rape of a young girl: the assault is not shown, but the effect of the attack is readily apparent). The plots are well developed and generally do not lose their thread mid-episode or mid-season (in contrast, what happened to the Russians in the Sporanos??), however, some of the Shield characters go through some changes that are difficult to follow. (If you want to know who, you'll have to watch for yourself.)
As to the DVDs themselves: there are few extra features on the discs, but the show is sufficiently compelling that we didn't need much more. There is cast commentary which adds a little, but not much. The disks have been compatible with every DVD player we've used them on (at least 4 different models), and have stood up well to normal use and abuse.
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was a gift so can't comment on personally but receiver didn't complainPublished 3 months ago by Nancy Ridder
I have never seen such an action packed show since the "Sopranos". My husband and I are totally addicted to this show. Read morePublished on July 10 2004 by Empress
The Shield's second season did something nobody expected-achieved higher greatness than the first season. Absolutely phenominal series, a must-own boxset.Published on June 10 2004 by Robert T.
if you like the shield, this season was just as good as season 1. the 3rd season is on now and it is also very good. this show rocks!Published on April 20 2004 by Sam
I love this show! I missed most of the season due to moving, and somehow had forgotten about it in the shuffle. The dvd's did a great job catching me up on what I missed. Read morePublished on April 18 2004
If you are sick of the usual good cop shows, and want a different type of bad "good guy" to cheer for.... This is for you, every episode suprised me!!! Read morePublished on March 16 2004
The Shield is arguably the best Cop Drama show on the Cable! It has become so popular in Canada they have added a 2nd. Read morePublished on March 1 2004
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