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Superb writing & great direction = ground breaking TV,
This review is from: The Shield - Season 4 [DVD]  (DVD)
It's Season 4 and The Shield has really hit its stride. This season, the cop show feels more mature and the obvious comparisons with The Wire are more obvious than ever.
The previous seasons were a mix of gritty realism, great drama and all out fun - but the fourth season sees a shift in focus, and although still hugely enjoyable to watch, the emphasis is now clearly on delivering a engrossing story revolving around the politics both on the street and in the office.
With the previous Chief of Police, Aceveda, now in office a newcomer steps up to fill his boots - non other than Hollywood A-lister Glenn Close - and if the crooks and dealers of Farmington thought they were in trouble before, wait until they find out that the new chief shares the same mindset as the star of the show, Vic Mackey: crack skulls and ask questions later.
The pair form an uneasy alliance but share a mutual respect of sorts for each other. A bond each of them will need to rely on if they are to successfully navigate the pit falls on the street and in the corridors of power as both dealers and city officials try their best to bring them down.
The main season four story arc revolves around a drug king named Antoine (perhaps another comparison to be drawn with The Wire there?) and this time, each individual episode feels much more like a piece of that jigsaw. Episodes from the previous seasons were often episodes in their own right, with a bigger story running in the background. And it's this shift in gear, making the season story the focus, that makes box set number 4 feel more grown up.
This box sets compelling story, combined with a great script that delivers some of the best lines I've heard written in a long time, is brought to life with wonderful camera work (although the fly on the wall approach can feel a little slavish at times) and great direction. The Shield is no longer just a great cop show that is very entertaining to watch - it has become something else altogether. Something much more serious. Something big. Groundbreaking even.