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On March 12, 2002, The Shield burst onto the FX network like an incendiary grenade, and basic cable TV would never be the same. Creator Shawn Ryan's uncompromising police drama pushed the limits of basic-cable permissiveness, bridging the relative discretion of NYPD Blue and the HBO liberties of The Wire. Without exception, these 13 episodes justify their hype, focusing 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 Capt. 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 behavior, which includes killing an undercover cop in the electrifying pilot episode. While each episode stands alone as groundbreaking drama, 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.

Teeming with gang-bangers, perverts, rapists, and killers, The Shield is unabashedly adult; even liberal viewers may flinch at plots involving child pornography and serial murder. Chiklis deservedly won an Emmy for maintaining the series' delicate morality; Mackey's a hero squirming in his own ethical quicksand. This daring edginess makes The Shield unique, and generous DVD supplements explore Ryan's creative impulse. Two featurettes offer behind-the-scenes overviews, while the all-episode commentaries allow extensive insight from every member of the series' principal cast and crew. Audition tapes prove that the cast was primed for ensemble excellence, and deleted scenes further demonstrate the series' challenging ambiguity. The Shield is excellent TV for those who can grasp its complexities; all others beware. --Jeff Shannon

DVD Features

  • Available subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Available Audio Tracks: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Cast/crew commentary on all 13 episodes
  • "Behind The Shield" featurette
  • FX featurette
  • Original pilot script
  • 8 cast auditions
  • Deleted scenes
  • Number of discs: 4

Cast

Michael ChiklisDetective Vic Mackey
Catherine DentOfficer Danni Sofer
Reed DiamondDetective Terry Crowley
Walton GogginsDetective Shane Vendrell
Michael JaceOfficer Julien Lowe
Jay KarnesDetective Holland Wagenbach
Benito MartinezCaptain David Aceveda
CCH PounderDetective Claudette Wyms
Kenny JohnsonDetective Curtis Lemansky
Tamlyn TomitaWanda Higoshi
John DiehlAssistant Chief Ben Gilroy
David Rees SnellDetective Ronnie Gardocki
Jamie Anne AllmanConnie Riesler
Kirk BaltzWilliam Greeley
Cathy Cahlin RyanCorrine Mackey
Sticky FingazKern Little
Ken DavitianOlder Armenian
Will McCormackSteve Hanratty
Jay HarringtonTom Ross
Miguel PérezRaoul Jiminez
Rick GonzalezLucas
Roscoe Lee BrowneBryce Wyms
Carlos MenciaGabo

  • Genre: TV
  • Director: Scott Brazil
  • Producer: Fox
  • Length: 655 min
  • Aspect ratio: 1.33:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaMar 12, 2002
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaJan 7, 2003
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