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5.0 out of 5 stars Kojak interpreted by Hieronymus Bosch, 22 Sep 2010
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This review is from: The Shield - Season 4 [DVD] [2007] (DVD)
I can't say I watch a lot of American television, but then The Shield isn't like a lot of American television. Under the guise of popular entertainment, it presents a vision of a society in utter moral collapse, a society more-or-less without values of any kind, even bad ones. The cops incoherently try to do some good, or at least not too much harm, but retire defeated before a disintegrating society in which every drug lord they take down will be replaced by a worse one before the end of the day. If the series were directed by Oliver Stone, it would have been driven from the screen long ago, but it is skilfully disguised as a another cops-break-the-rules-to-nail-bad guys tale, although the difference between the two is largely a matter of opinion. And indeed it's hard even to hate the criminals: you feel that the jungle from which they come (not called Farmington for nothing) would have turned Mother Teresa into a drug-dealer, and that Dirty Harry would have lasted about five minutes there. The series is probably unique in that it holds out no hope at all that conditions will improve, but only a vision of an ever-bleaker future: Kojak interpreted by Hieronymus Bosch.This fourth series is the best yet, and not the least of its virtues is that it actually shows crimes being solved by intelligent police work, and not just by kicking doors down. If only that were enough. The writing and the acting continue to be absolutely brilliant.
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