This series didn't even last
the first season on television in Australia and to the people who make that
decision all I have to say is shame on you. A hard hitting storyline where the
good guys are actually the crooks, The Shield revolves around the world of Vic
Mackie and his somewhat corrupt Strike Team and his captain David Aceveda, a
man with political aspirations who knows that Vic is a threat to the clean
image he is trying to generate for the station. The problem is that despite
the goings on, Mackie and his Strike Team do get the job done.
This show is compelling viewing, each and
every episode. Character development is brilliant and the fact that I can't
get my head around is that how much I like the Vic Mackie character when you
just know he is not entirely a good person. It's hard to state why without
giving away key parts of the story, especially after the very first episode,
you can take my word for it though that it is a very full on show with some
quite confronting story matter.
It was very easy to watch this series as each
and every episode essentially made itself must watch viewing. Nothing is as it
seems and at any moment the unexpected could and usually does happen. Anyone
who knows me, knows that I love cop shows and this series is unlike any other
I've seen before. Normally our cops are either clear cut heroes or villains,
not like this mix that The Shield presents us with.
The acting in this show is stellar and the
cast are to be commended. It's funny, whilst Vic Mackie and David Aceveda are
your two standout characters, you'll find that the rest of the cast are also
given almost equal airtime and have stories tailored to them as well that will
make viewers look forward to everyone's ongoing tale. There are thirteen
action packed episodes in this season and these are their titles:
Pay in Pain
Cupid & Psycho
Two Days of Blood
I highly recommend this as a must have set
for fans of hard hitting cop dramas. It's not what you expect in the
slightest, and certainly not for the faint of heart. Gripping story and
brilliant acting make this great entertainment.
We're running a 16:9 aspect ratio
for this feature so those with widescreen TV's should be happy. The feature
does suffer from grain throughout in the darker areas and whilst this isn't a
fault of the transfer as far as I could see, it certainly wasn't intentional
on the part of the movie makers. I would have to sum it up as a good video
transfer but not a great one.
Dolby 2.0 is the way it goes
here and despite this the use of sound is really effective and sounds great.
Wow! This thing is packed with goodness and is a must for
the fan. Every single episode has a commentary which is something I have never
seen on a television series disc. All main characters and crew have something
to say and the information is well presented and well worth the listen for
We have a humour season epilogue
here with Michael Chiklis and Shawn Ryan that runs for a short amount of time.
It's more tongue in cheek and a fun watch.
Deleted scenes is
exactly what you'd expect.
Cast auditions takes you behind
the scenes and shows us the original auditions of the main characters.
As I said before, this disc is packed and fully deserves the perfect score I
Behind the scenes doesn't take a rocket scientist
to figure out and is a lot of fun to watch. Add to that the fact that it runs
for about twenty one minutes and you've got yourself a great little
The FX featurette is a very short presentation
on the special effects used in the show. It's too short and feels like an ad.
Behind the Shield