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Southland: 'The Shield' without the strike team?,
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This review is from: Southland - Season 1-2 [DVD]  (DVD)
Imagine 'The Shield' without the ongoing dubious shenanigans of the strike team and that just about sums up Southland.
There is, thanks to the use of hand held cameras shooting from a variety of angles; the busy editing; the seemingly off-the-cuff script; the easy but difficult to do well naturalistic acting, and; the somewhat haphazard jumping between multiple story lines, the same immediacy of 'The Shield'. You feel as if you are watching real events unfold; that you are seeing something for the first time. Also, as with 'The Shield', though events, the dialogue and character interaction, do not often go the way you would expect - there is not that 'predictability' as to the course of things that you often sense in, say, films - upon reflection they make sense.
So, along with a healthy dose of bright Californian sunshine beaming down on some of LA's less salubrious locations, what Southland offers is a high quality, realistic look at what police work entails in that city. Dutch, Claudette, Danni, Julien and Billings from 'The Shield' would be at home here. As it is, the ensemble cast for Southland do as good a job as Dutch et.al. did for 'The Shield'.