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The Shield : Season 2 --- Explosive television starring Michael Chiklis

Jul 11, 2005
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Pros:cast, stories, bluntness of stories, stories involving morality

Cons:that the characters have to cross some lines

The Bottom Line: The Shield is a gritty police drama that breaks through any boundaries that have ever been established for this type of show.

Season 2 of The Shield picks up right where the first installment ended, and takes its stories to the next level. In fact, Season 2 out-does its first season by developing its characters more, with more intense stories, and more tales of morality that it would seem possible. Season 2 was definitely a step up in the life of this show, and it just proved how great the writing behind the show really was. Based in the Farmington District of the city of Los Angeles, The Shield is about an experimental precinct that has been set up to take on some of the toughest areas of L.A. Housed in a converted Church, "The Barn" as they call it, is home to a set of detectives, a Strike team, and several officers. Together they are facing the toughest challenges of their careers, and their stories translate perfectly onto the small screen.

Michael Chiklis stars as Detective Vic Mackey, who is the main focus of the show. He is married, and the father of 3 children, who have started to view him as a stranger as he becomes more and more involved with his work. He serves at the leader of the strike team which calls "The Barn" home. He and his crew are routinely put in charge of investigating gang and drug-related crime that comes through the precinct, and often they are put into life and death situations where they must be at their best to survive. With his 3 other strike team members, Mackey has pressed the law to its breaking point, and at times, breaks the law in the process of getting the job done his way. As he sees it, they do more good than bad when they are on the streets, so they feel they are just in most of the actions that they undertake. Season 2 of the show takes them further down the road of illegal activity and debates just how much good a cop must do to overcome his downfalls.

On the other side of things, we have 2 detectives (Holland 'Dutch' Wagenbach and Claudette Wyms) who will stop at nothing to get the job done, BUT will not cross the line of legality or morality. They are both great detectives that simply have a different way of doing things than Mackey and his crew. What this creates, is a lot of situations within the episodes where right and wrong meet head-first in a clash of wills. There are always 2 ways to do something, and this show really shows the differences between the two. Sometimes it takes a tough-nosed cop to get the job done, yet at other times, it takes the cunning thinking of a dedicated detective who puts in the extra hours to do the job right. All of the characters are very enjoyable to watch, and even though they clash with each other, at no time do I find myself disliking one of them, simply because another character does.

The show isn't entirely about detective work either, as there are several police officers, and the captain himself, who we are introduced to with each episode. It makes the show exciting to see every side of an investigation, from the officer responding, down to the detective putting them behind bars for good. I have found the show to only be getting better as it progresses through the years, and Season 2 has stood out in my mind as having some of the best episodes within it. The great thing about a television show being on DVD too, is that when you sit down you can easily watch an entire season of the show in a 3 to 4 day span. With no commercials, the episodes just blow by you, and you find yourself not wanting to wait for a cliff-hanger to be resolved. I find myself enthralled to the point of losing track of time, and just watching episode after episode quite quickly.

One of the huge bonuses in Season 2, was the episode called Co-Pilot. It takes place 14 months before the show originally started, and shows how the new precinct came to be opened, and the first few days on the job for everyone involved. It is really cool, because you can see why the characters have gone down their own roads, and why they have developed the personalities that they now have on the show. It was like getting an incite into each one of their psyches, and it felt almost like cheating, as we are able to start linking behavior to catalytic events in our minds. Season 2 definitely one-ups Season 1, and ends on a great cliff-hanger that I won't want to spoil if you haven't given this show a chance yet. But rest assured, it is a great one. If you are into the bonus features on DVD's this one has quite a few, and most of the 4th disc is relegated to just that. But beyond just the bonuses offered on the DVD, this is a great television show, that has won many awards for not holding back the punches in its story-telling. It is because of that, I highly recommend this show, and specifically Season 2.

The Characters:

Michael Chiklis as Detective Vic Mackey
Catherine Dent as Officer Danielle 'Danny' Sofer
Walton Goggins as Detective Shane Vendrell
Michael Jace as Officer Julien Lowe
Kenny Johnson as Detective Curtis 'Lemonhead' Lemansky
Jay Karnes as Detective Holland 'Dutch' Wagenbach
Benito Martinez as Captain David Aceveda
CCH Pounder as Detective Claudette Wyms
David Rees Snell as Detective Ronnie Gardocki
Cathy Cahlin Ryan as Corrine Mackey

Season 2 Episode List

1...The Quick Fix
2...Dead Soldiers
4...Carte Blanche
8...Scar Tissue
13..Dominoes Falling

DVD Bonuses:

* Commentary by Creator Shawn Ryan and Writers on 4 episodes.
* 13 episodes on four discs
* 37 Deleted Scenes
* The Editing Room: "Connie Gets Shot" with commentary.
* Special Featurettes: Sound Surgery, Wrap Day, Directors' Roundtable, and Raising the Barn.
* Season 3 teaser

Recommend this product? Yes

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