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Southland: The Complete First Season [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
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The tone and visual style is striking. The show aims to show the seedy underbelly of LA, and uses an almost documentary style to help this, as the camera avoids smooth TV shots to feel more like a fly on the wall show at times. It certainly doesn't pull any punches when it comes to the crimes and characters, showing them warts and all.
The large main cast includes rookie patrolman Ben Sherman and his trainer John Cooper; another patrol officer "Chickie" Brown and her various partners; Homicide partners Lydia Adams and Russell Clarke; and Sammy Bryant and Nate Moretta, of the gang unit. Of these, Sherman, Adams and Bryant are the most immediately interesting. Sherman has the classic rookie storyline, but he is a rich Beverley Hills boy who became a cop to deal with some personal demons. Regina King plays Adams as a fascinating mix of emotional but effective, never falling into cliché, while Bryant is a young detective with an even younger wife who drives him to distraction.
There's a good mix of ongoing plots and crime-of-the-week, including a teenage girl prepared to testify against a gang, a series of home invasions, a lost police weapon, and a large number of murders. The detective and patrol stories are kept well balanced, but more importantly it's the character's private lives that really draw you in.Read more ›
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'.
I note that series 3 is currently being shown on Channel 4 which I am recording.Downsides? too few episodes in each series but I understand from Wikipedia that this is due to the American TV industry and their reticence to sanction grown-up programmes.
First rate stuff,and I am very fussy with what I will watch.
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Full of everyday life situations and realistic encounters.
A must-have collection.
I am looking for something new to watch and Southland got my attention with all the great reviews the show got. As it got cancelled after season 5 is it still worth watching ? Read morePublished 1 month ago by J to the Roc
Again I say I wish they had made more than the 4 series they did...always disappoints me when I am enjoying a series and they finish it without actually saying, "this is the... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Tricia
I found the style of filming hard to watch as it felt fragmented ....The storylines were ok but for me it didnt really impact .Published 5 months ago by Mary
Love the character development as you follow a first year probational officer 'Boot',his harden training officer,several squads of detectives(Gang,Homicide,Vice) and you get to... Read morePublished 5 months ago by irishpropheticart