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Shield: Season 1 [DVD]  [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
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The Shield - The Complete First
Teeming with gang-bangers, perverts, rapists and killers, The Shield is unabashedly adult TV drama; and even liberal viewers may flinch at plots involving child pornography and serial murder. The first series of this uncompromising police drama focuses on pugnacious detective Vic Mackey (Michael Chiklis), whose amoral Strike Team employs dubious tactics in the crime-ridden (and fictional) Farmington district of Los Angeles. Mackey and his maverick partners are at odds with seasoned detectives and beat cops, escalating tensions with precinct Captain Aceveda (Benito Martinez), a Latino with flexible scruples and a political agenda.
The series invites viewers to form their own judgments regarding Mackey's volatile behaviour, which includes killing an undercover cop in the electrifying pilot episode. While each episode stands alone, the arc of the series incorporates Aceveda's campaign to end Mackey's career, the self-loathing of a homosexual rookie (Michael Jace) whose partner (Catherine Dent) is Mackey's occasional mistress, a straight-laced detective (Jay Karnes) yearning for respect, Mackey's compassionate attempt to rehabilitate a crack whore (Jamie Brown, giving the season's finest guest performance), the autism of Mackey's young son and the recklessness of his closest partner (Walton Goggins) and the vigilant stoicism of Det. Wyms (CCH Pounder), who's as sensibly upright as Mackey is corrupted. The Shield is excellent TV for those who can grasp its complexities; all others beware. --Jeff Shannon --This text refers to an alternate DVD edition.
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Top Customer Reviews
I had read a lot of the reviews here, saying how great The Shield is, but I was under the impression that this was more of a CSI type show with one episode storylines, rather than a 'proper' series like The Wire, where the story advances through each episode. I am a big fan of The Wire by the way.
I was wrong to dismiss The Shield..
It is true that each episode deals with a different sub plot, eg a murder, but each episode also advances the overall story arc, and will go back to earlier stories and give further developments. Perhaps more importantly each episode also fleshes out the characters in the show.
In amongst all the action and gritty violence and dodgy dealings and stress and heroism that goes on in this cop show, you really start to learn about the characters, and care about them, to a degree that really surprised me. This is proper drama, with action. You won't get bored.....apart from perhaps in the first couple of episodes which seemed slow to me as they basically just set up the series.
Once it gets going, you won't want to stop watching. I have had a fair few late nights staying up..just to watch one more episode...and then another...
The end of the Series is great.
I am now into Series 2 and can attest to it being brilliant also, since I stayed up after midnight last night watching it!
I live in an all male household (husband and two 20+ sons) and this isn't the type of programme I watch:
Them - Breaking Bad. The Wire. The Sopranos.
Me - White Collar. Blue Bloods. Castle.
You get the picture. Sons away and so I join the chap to watch a new series with him - The Shield - otherwise our evenings
would be rather separate!!
Anyway, not terribly interested or impressed. But then we ran into the second series and I liked it more. The Writers/Directors/Producers
obviously realised that people need to have a character in ANY programme that they can sympathise or emphasis with - and so gradually
they have started changing the personalities so that there is something reasonably good about all of them. Not perfect. Still very gritty and breaking the rules to collar the baddie, but not necessarily for their own financial benefit.
So we're now watching Series 5 and I quite enjoy watching an episode every couple of nights. I would say that if you usually like the same kind of programme as my three chaps then you would probably like this (our sons have seen them all online anyway). Season 6 and the final Season 7 have been purchased to go in my hubby's Christmas stocking - and I know that he'll be delighted.
The first and main reason is Michael Chiklis who plays the anti-hero cop (Vic Mackey) who stars in the show. Resembling a squatter Grant Mitchell, this cop is unlike anything you have seen before. As head of the local "strike force" he likes to "bust the ass" of any criminal who gets in his way. This is not always so that the public are safe (unless children or police are threatened at which point he becomes very upset), but mainly so that he can continue to get rid of crime his own way- that is by what could be described as managing the risk. He decides who deals the drugs, which prostitutes can ply their trade etc. Anyone who does not fit in with his management plan pays the price.
Drug dealers/ rappers involved in a turf war? Vic grabs them, locks them in a container and sees who kills who first (why get his own hands dirty?)Drug dealer not lying low when ordered to do so by Vic? He gets rid of them, authorizing a rival to deal on that patch instead-"I am your boss" he tells a dealer.The dealer does not argue.Internal affairs probe by an undercover cop? Vic simply shoots him in the head- no longer a problem.
Whilst he is a psychopathic man of 2 characters (the bad cop, but loving father), he is a real anti- hero. You actually want him to carry on being successful in his dirty deeds. The character surprises you and it is not until episode four that you see he is sometimes a real man of principle("Vic Mackay cannot be bought" he says when a rap star offers him a large lump sum) in his own, slightly deluded way.
It is rare that you want the bad guy to win so much,but you do here, which is testament to the writing and acting.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
From the start this grips you and drags you into the world of the strike team. You cant help but love the team, even though you shouldn't.Published 5 months ago by Smally
If you haven't watched the shield then you're missing out!I keep buying the series on dvd then lending them to people and buying them again but it is so good a show I don't mind :)Published 9 months ago by Geraldine McCartan
Very good. First episode was disappointing but then from episode 2 on it was great. Cop in show does not only shady but plain wrong things for in his eyes the greater good, a lot... Read morePublished 10 months ago by kevin wilson