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Story

Everything good about the first season of The Shield is intensified in the second. For detective Vic Mackey (Michael Chiklis) and his amoral strike team, these 13 episodes follow "the money train," a stockpile of Armenian mob money ripe for the taking. Mackey's team plots to steal this criminal fortune while under pressure from Capt. Aceveda (Benito Martinez), whose political campaign is threatened by a civilian auditor (Lucinda Jenney) assigned to uncover corruption in "the Barn." The uneasy alliance between Aceveda and Mackey provokes the suspicion of Wyms (CCH Pounder), whose by-the-book vigilance is rewarded while Dutch (Jay Karnes) endures a slump that worsens the Barn's sullied reputation. After being horribly disfigured by Mackey, a vile Mexican druglord (Daniel Pino) plots a territorial coup, prompting the strike team's finest police work while Mackey struggles to save his failing marriage. Post-9/11 tensions erupt when beat cop Danny (Catherine Dent) justifiably shoots an armed Arab civilian, and newlywed Julien (Michael Jace) copes with (literal) gay-bashing following his church-sponsored sexual reorientation.

As always, The Shield supports these plotlines with gritty casework, including a brutal kidnapping, homicide, and gangland warfare. Every episode (shot in grainy 16mm) meets the series' high standard of excellence, but "Greenlit," "Homewrecker" (featuring the death of a recurring character), and "Dominoes Falling" are standouts, while the controversial "Co-Pilot" offers a retrospective look at the Barn's volatile origins. Writing and direction are consistently superb, and Pounder deserves honorable mention among the brilliant cast, striking a stoical balance of world-weary wisdom, procedural diligence, and righteous indignation.

Bonus features comprise a virtual film school for anyone seeking a career in television. While the commentaries explore the nuts and bolts of series development, the "Directors' Roundtable" (with creator Shawn Ryan, Scott Brazil, Peter Horton, and Paris Barclay) is a revealing, frequently hilarious study of the rigors of fast-paced production; "Sound Surgery" presents a track-by-track analysis of sound, music, and dialogue; and "Wrap Day" is a celebratory tribute to the series' hard-working cast and crew. It's all good, and guaranteed to stoke anyone's appetite for Season Three. --Jeff Shannon

DVD Features

  • Available subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Available Audio Tracks: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Commentary by Shawn Ryan, Michael Chiklis and Benito Martinez on Quick Fix'
  • Commentary by Shawn Ryan, Glenn Mazzara, Kurt Sutter, Scott Rosenbaum and Kim Clements on Homewrecker'
  • Commentary by Shawn Ryan, Barbara Fiorentino and Rebecca Mangieri on Break Point'
  • Commentary by Shawn Ryan, Kevin Reilly, and Eric Shrier on Dominoes Falling'
  • 13 episodes on four discs
  • 37 deleted scenes, with an introduction by Shawn Ryan
  • The Editing Room: "Connie Gets Shot" with commentary
  • Featurettes: Sound Surgery, Wrap Day, Directors' Roundtable, Raising the Barn
  • Season 3 teaser
  • DVD-ROM features
  • Number of discs: 4

Cast

Michael ChiklisDetective Vic Mackey
Catherine DentOfficer Danni Sofer
Walton GogginsDetective Shane Vendrell
Michael JaceOfficer Julien Lowe
Kenny JohnsonDetective Curtis Lemansky
Jay KarnesDetective Holland Wagenbach
Benito MartinezCaptain David Aceveda
CCH PounderDetective Claudette Wyms
Lucinda JenneyLanie Kellis
Mark RolstonGordie Liman
Danny PinoArmadillo Quintero
Monnae MichaellVanessa
Emilio RiveraNavaro Quintero
Cedric PendletonTio
David Rees SnellDetective Ronnie Gardocki
Elizabeth RodriguezLita Valverde
Kristen BellJessica Hintel
Melanie LynskeyMarcy
Marc VannBob
Sung KangMalcolm Rama
Sticky FingazKern Little

  • Genre: TV
  • Director: Shawn Ryan
  • Producer: Fox Home Entertainment
  • Length: 744 Min
  • Aspect ratio: 1.33:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaJan 7, 2003
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaJan 6, 2004
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