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Vic and the Strike Team just get deeper in ....,
This review is from: The Shield - Season 4 [DVD]  (DVD)
Is it possible, but could 'The Shield' be as good as the 'The Wire', if not better?- a tough one. I have been working my way through 'The Shield' box set's for a while- it's almost become like a full time job just to keep up with Vic and the boys as they dig themselves in and out of ever deeper scrapes. Not that I'm complaining.
The issues raised in this series are all too real: politicians need the police, but only if they deliver and don't cause problems, the police need politicians for favours and funding, but resent interference. Criminals and the police need each other -only the unlucky ones or those too low down the food chain, lose out. Criminals and police aren't always that different in motivation and action and of course it is not always easy to spot which one is meant to be the good guy or not. Meanwhile, ordinary people meanwhile have to get by the best they can. The corrupt and powerful prosper and though occasionally justice gets done, we can't help grimace at how that justice is sometimes delivered. In this sense, Vic is rather like Clint Eastwood's 'Dirty Harry', except he's married with children and there is the mortgage to pay. There in lies his problem: violence and intimidation delivers results, except it represents a one way slope down into a world of deceit, despair and disillusion. Still Vic will go down scheming and fighting - just don't get caught in the crossfire.
With each successive episode I have found myself more and more absorbed in the complex story lines and characters and this series is no different. This is drama of Shakespearean proportions. I don't intend to spoil the ending of the Season, but there is tragedy and loss, and intimations that if Vic was lucky this time, the net might be beginning to tighten around him. Talk about cliff-hanger!