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Story

Dramatically speaking, the third season of The Shield is dysfunctional in the "best" sense of the word. Relationships fester in a quagmire of personal and professional conflict, and clashing agendas inspire some of finest episodes of this volatile series. Det. Mackey (Michael Chiklis) struggles to save his crumbling family (including two autistic children) while his strike team endures internal tensions over their secret stash of stolen drug money. Shane (Walton Goggins) clashes with teammate Tavon (Brian J. White) with near-fatal consequences, and his demanding fiancée tests his loyalty to Mackey. Capt. Aceveda (Benito Martinez) suffers unspeakable humiliation en route to city council promotion, engaging Wyms (CCH Pounder) in a battle of wills over proper command of "The Barn." Dutch (Jay Karnes) pursues the "cuddler rapist" case and confronts the dark side of his soul, while Danny (Catherine Dent) revives her career and is re-partnered with Julien (Michael Jace), who suppresses his homosexuality in a desperate quest for conventional marriage and family. After Lemon (Kenneth Johnson) attempts a drastic solution to their "money train" worries, the shaken strike team faces a deeply uncertain future.

As always, The Shield juggles multiple plotlines with relentless pacing and narrative economy, packing substantial character developments into all 15 of these action-packed episodes. This season's inclusion of a competitive decoy squad offers humor and professional sacrifice, and the pivotal David Mamet-directed episode "Strays" arrives at a shocking conclusion, with Mamet regulars Clark Gregg and Rebecca Pidgeon (Mamet's wife) giving outstanding guest-star performances. Series star Chiklis (whose pugnacious mug dominates the DVD packaging) makes his directorial debut on "Slipknot," and eight episodes include informative, entertaining commentaries by the principal cast and crew. A generous archive of deleted scenes illustrate the agonizing decisions required by the time constraints of episodic TV, and the making-of documentary offers an intimate look at the series' collaborative writing process. With major developments (including a new role for Glenn Close) in store for season 4, these episodes maintain the high standard of provocative drama that loyal Shield fans have come to expect. --Jeff Shannon

DVD Features

  • Available subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Available Audio Tracks: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • 15 episodes on four discs
  • Audio commentary on selected episodes
  • 38 deleted scenes with optional commentary
  • "Breaking Episode #315" making-of documentary
  • 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
Sticky FingazKern Little
Brian WhiteDetective Tavon Garris
Cathy Cahlin RyanCorrine Mackey
David Rees SnellDetective Ronnie Gardocki
Eric LangeRobert
Nicki MicheauxDetective Trish George
Gareth WilliamsDetective Walon Burke
Noel GugliemiProphets Gang Leader
Clark GreggWilliam Faulks
Daniel Dae KimThomas Choi
Stana KaticAyla
Anthony AziziPetrosh
André BenjaminRobert Huggins

  • Genre: TV
  • Director: Shawn Ryan
  • Producer: Fox Home Entertainment
  • Length: 692 Min
  • Aspect ratio: 1.33:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaMar 9, 2004
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaFeb 22, 2005
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