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The Shield : Series 2 [DVD] [2004]

4.8 out of 5 stars 72 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Michael Chiklis, Catherine Dent, Walton Goggins, Michael Jace, Jay Karnes
  • Directors: Brad Anderson, John Badham, Paris Barclay, Peter Horton, Scott Brazil
  • Writers: Glen Mazzara
  • Format: Subtitled, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Dutch, English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 9 Aug. 2004
  • Run Time: 573 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002B95RQ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 28,425 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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After a rocky start, Detective Vic Mackey and Captain David Aceveda have formed an uneasy alliance that Detective Claudette Wyms is determined to destroy. Vic's personal life is in shambles and a new nemesis on the street forces the Strike Team to risk everything in the pursuit of one last big score for their "retirement fund."

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Everything good about the first season of The Shield is intensified in the second. For detective Vic Mackey (Michael Chiklis) and his amoral strike team, these 13 episodes follow "the money train," a stockpile of Armenian mob money ripe for the taking. Mackey's team plots to steal this criminal fortune while under pressure from Capt. Aceveda (Benito Martinez), whose political campaign is threatened by a civilian auditor (Lucinda Jenney) assigned to uncover corruption in "the Barn." The uneasy alliance between Aceveda and Mackey provokes the suspicion of Wyms (CCH Pounder), whose by-the-book vigilance is rewarded while Dutch (Jay Karnes) endures a slump that worsens the Barn's sullied reputation. After being horribly disfigured by Mackey, a vile Mexican druglord (Daniel Pino) plots a territorial coup, prompting the strike team's finest police work while Mackey struggles to save his failing marriage. Post-9/11 tensions erupt when beat cop Danny (Catherine Dent) justifiably shoots an armed Arab civilian, and newlywed Julien (Michael Jace) copes with (literal) gay-bashing following his church-sponsored sexual reorientation.

As always, The Shield supports these plotlines with gritty casework, including a brutal kidnapping, homicide, and gangland warfare. Every episode (shot in grainy 16mm) meets the series' high standard of excellence, but "Greenlit," "Homewrecker" (featuring the death of a recurring character), and "Dominoes Falling" are standouts, while the controversial "Co-Pilot" offers a retrospective look at the Barn's volatile origins. Writing and direction are consistently superb, and Pounder deserves honorable mention among the brilliant cast, striking a stoical balance of world-weary wisdom, procedural diligence, and righteous indignation.

Bonus features comprise a virtual film school for anyone seeking a career in television. While the commentaries explore the nuts and bolts of series development, the "Directors' Roundtable" (with creator Shawn Ryan, Scott Brazil, Peter Horton, and Paris Barclay) is a revealing, frequently hilarious study of the rigors of fast-paced production; "Sound Surgery" presents a track-by-track analysis of sound, music, and dialogue; and "Wrap Day" is a celebratory tribute to the series' hard-working cast and crew. It's all good, and guaranteed to stoke anyone's appetite for Season Three. --Jeff Shannon

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When the second season of The Shield finally came to five I thought that it could never be as shocking, exciting, thought provoking and intriguing as the groundbreaking first season. But it was. The second season is a rollercoaster of emotions in which you feel for each of the characters as they fight against crime (the respectable and clean cut Dutch and Claudette), corruption (the supposedly corruption free and politically minded Captain of the station David Aceveda) and try to survive in the troubled neighbourhood of a Los Angeles area.
One of the best things about The Shield is its gritty and graphic realism. Many cop shows claim to be this, but The Shield is the only one I have seen that can really live up to the statement. The creator Shawn Ryan manages to do this through the infamous strike team led by Detective Vic Mackey. Him and his team of detectives push the boundaries of legal police work and are often on the edge of becoming the very people they seek to put behind bars.
If you enjoyed the inventive and original plots of season one then you will not be disappointed by season two. The episodes can be watched over and over again and they never become mundane or boring. If you have never seen The Shield before then you really should watch the first season. After that I know you'll want to buy this straight away.
One more thing. If for some reason you missed series 3 on TV (which could only be excused if you were isolated form humanity for the whole time it ran. Then you may be wondering if series 3 could ever live up to the legacy of the previous instalments of The Shield. I have the very simple answer you've been looking for...
YES
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When the second season of The Shield finally came to five I thought that it could never be as shocking, exciting, thought provoking and intriguing as the groundbreaking first season. But it was. The second season is a rollercoaster of emotions in which you feel for each of the characters as they fight against crime (the respectable and clean cut Dutch and Claudette), corruption (the supposedly corruption free and politically minded Captain of the station David Aceveda) and try to survive in the troubled neighbourhood of a Los Angeles area.
One of the best things about The Shield is its gritty and graphic realism. Many cop shows claim to be this, but The Shield is the only one I have seen that can really live up to the statement. The creator Shawn Ryan manages to do this through the infamous strike team led by Detective Vic Mackey. Him and his team of detectives push the boundaries of legal police work and are often on the edge of becoming the very people they seek to put behind bars.
If you enjoyed the inventive and original plots of season one then you will not be disappointed by season two. The episodes can be watched over and over again and they never become mundane or boring. If you have never seen The Shield before then you really should watch the first season. After that I know you'll want to buy this straight away.
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The Shield is one of them rare gems that has gone virtually un-noticed among the populus but the stories of the Farmington division of the LAPD, and in particular those of the Strike Team: Vic, Shane, Ronnie and Lem are compulsive viewing for anyone who has ever wanted to watch what it would probably be like to ride with the police of LA. The Strike Team is where the corruption lies but these are basically good cops who decide to bend (and sometimes break) the law in order to see that justice prevails. On the side these 4 cops also endeavour to finance their 'retirement fund' by collecting rent from drug-dealers for working on their turf, pocketing in-pounded drugs from raids and stealing the Armenian mobs drug money. Season 1 was mind blowing but season 2 just picks up the frenetic batton and sprints for season 3 which I do hope is as compulsive as the previous two. Nothing I have ever seen matches this in the way of entertainment and reality. The soundtrack is amazing also; using all styles of music ranging from hip hop to rock. Buy this and the only regret you'll have is when the last episode ends and you'll have to wait until the next one becomes available.
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After watching the immensely powerful first series of the Shield I was interested to see if series 2 could continue at the same pace. If anything, it actually intensifies everything that was good about series 1.

The main plot of series 2 is that Vic and his team learn about a huge money laundering operation run by the Armenian mob that passes through Los Angeles several times a year. The next money train is due in a few weeks so the Strike Team decide to rob it. Vic's boys are walking closer to the edge than ever before and the audacious robbery will make dangerous enemies of the Armenians, the FBI and Vics own colleagues. If that isn't enough to worry about there is a civilian auditor making herself at home in the barn, determined to uncover corrupt police officers. Captain Aceveda is still gunning for the Strike team over the fatal shooting of a cop and Vic's autistic kids need money for therapy. As always, each episode deals with several gruesome crimes besides the main sub-plot and we see gangland shootings, drugs, rapes and kidnappings ably investigated by Dutch and Claudette (the excellent CCH Pounder).
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