The Shield: The Complete Second Season

DVD Reviews | Mar 4th, 2005

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Starring Michael Chiklis, Catherine Dent, Walt Goggins, Michael Jace, Kenny Johnson, Jay Karnes, Benito Martinez, CCH Pounder, David Rees Snell
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One of my favorite shows on television has arrived on DVD. Vic Mackey and the strike team help clean up the streets of LA their way. Whether it’s helping out drug dealers, or trying to find a train full of money run by Armenia mobsters. Doesn’t sound like legit police work. Vic Mackey runs a strike team out of a converted church, called The Barn.The Strike team works a little different than normal officers and detectives. They work around the rules, and hope they don’t get caught. One minute they are doing a good job, the other they are doing shady work where you are going, “what they hell is wrong with them?” Using only steady cam filming, creates the vibe of a documentary.

On top of that is excellent casting and acting that is superb. Michael Chiklis is amazing and carries this show. It’s not shock why he is nominated every year and stunned everyone at the Emmys with winning best actor and best show for Season 1 with a Golden Globe win. The supporting cast makes all the roles believable and as if you were standing right next to them as they make key decisions are in the heat of the moment.
Storywise, The Shield: Season Two is a stronger story than the first season, and that is hard to accomplish since season one was amazing. Similiar in length to The Sopranos, 13 episodes, is a damn shame because you wish it just keeps going. However, The Shield wraps up plot holes quicker and better than shows like The Sopranos. So when the season ends, most of your questions are answered. In season two, Vic and the strike team deal with all kinds, ranging from tijuana drug lords who like to set their victims on fire, give drugs to kids, and then Armenia mobsters as well which plays up a big part in the season finale. One of which I won’t spoil for you. You can go through the same anxiety and excitement I went through watching the season progress. Other storylines include Capt. Acevada trying to run a precinct, babysit the strike team and run for the city council. Members of the force have it the roughest, with the increasingly dangerous crime out there as well as one officers struggle with being a closet homosexual. All this encapsulates one hell of a season. Unfortunately, waiting almost a year and a few months between seasons is the most frustrating thing about the show.

Now, taking a look at the extras. You’ll find several short pieces, including Wrap Day which follows around the main characters as they wrap up their scenes for the last episode, showing how it gets done, and how its not all sitting in a trailer and doing jack squat. Other pieces includes Editing, which explains why some scenes were cut short due to subject matter and plot development. The rest of the extras include Sound Surgery, Raising the Barn, Director’s round table and a brief teaser for Season 3. All I know is after watching two excellent seasons, season 3 will not disappoint and is two damn long months away.

– Audio commentary on selected episodes.
– 37 deleted scenes
– 5 behind-the-scenes featurettes
– Season Three teaser
– DVD-ROM game and more

ENGLISH: Dolby Digital Surround

Standard 1.33:1 Color


Favorite Scenes: Dominoes Falling, Partners, Barnstormers, Co-Pilot, every episode actually.
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