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The greatest TV show ever!
on 13 April 2007
"The Shield" is one of the few programmes that have gone from strength to strength in terms of writing and tension over the last few years. While fantastic television such as "The Wire" and "The Sopranos" will place the viewer at distance and let you watch the action unfold, "The Shield" refuses to let the viewer have this comfort. Instead you are thrust head-first into the gangland style action that downtown LA is widely known for.
In terms of narrative you will not find anything tighter in TV or cinema. "The Shield" follows the Farmington Strike Team, an experimental gang enforcement squad who use unconventional methods (such as: drug dealing, murder, and evidence tampering) to get the dangers of society off the street. In the last four seasons the Strike Team have been the hunters in the streets of Farmington taking down all the gangs by whatever means necessary, however this time they have become the hunted (this review will not give a detailed plot synopsis). The always excellent Forest Whitaker plays an obsessive Internal Affairs agent who will stop at nothing to destroy the Strike Team and place them behind bars. As Whitaker's character manipulates the Strike Team, they begin to question their loyalties among each other, which eventually climaxes in what can only be described as purely Shakespearean.
As with every season of "The Shield", season 5 delivers what this groundbreaking show has become known for: tight writing, break-neck pace, fantastic characters that you can sink your teeth into, and asks the viewers intelligent questions such as: what can be categorised as justice and how far does one go to deliver it? While other shows such as "24" fill the season with sub-plots that barely relate to the main story, "The Shield" refuses to sidetrack from the main narrative and delivers in what can only be described as 11 hours of heart-pumping tension filled drama!