nerve-racking and harder
than nails The Shield
shoots from the hip. Season
5 is now available
on DVD: its
WITH A SIMILAR FEEL TO A DOCUMENTARY and shot from a variety of interesting
angles, The Shield is an Emmy and Golden Globe-winning and universally-acclaimed
drama littered with tough cookie cops, bitter ex-wives and volatile episodes
with tight storylines "conscience is a killer" is
the catchphrase that makes Season 5 the most intense season of the series to
Set in an inner-city Los Angeles police precinct, The Shield can some-times
be uncomfortable watching with its brave content and visible tension between
the police officers. Oscar-winning Forest Whitaker (The Last King of Scotland)
is outstanding in his guest-star role as Detective John Kavanaugh, the upright,
tormented, Internal Affairs cop determined to destroy Vic Mackey (Michael Chiklis,
Fantastic Four) and his unorthodox and corrupt but effective
LAPD Strike Team.
David Aceveda (Benito Martinez, Outbreak) dislikes Mackey's methods but
is torn between helping Kavanaugh and following his own agenda. Detective Claudette
Wyms played by the forceful CCH Pounder (ER and Boycott)
is an experienced police officer who doesn't suffer fools gladly but
understands why Mackey behaves as he does.
The episode Of Mice and Lem is an uneasy journey into murder, guilt and
misdeeds, with a gay-hater at large and arranging for rat-traps to end up on
a certain sensitive part of his target's anatomy. The police department has
nothing to go on: "We got dick," says one. "Which is more than I can say for
Detective Curtis 'Lemonhead' Lemansky (Kenneth Johnson) is on the run, following
the discovery that he is a 'bent' cop. But will he be able to save himself by
implicating his former colleagues?
the Postpartum episode, Claudette Wyms (CCH Pounder) is now Captain and
continues with her determination to see things through correctly. Lem is in
hiding but is talking to his lawyer about turning State's evidence and getting
Witness Protection. When Detective Shane Vendrell (Walton Goggins) arranges
to meet Lem, their meeting ends in tragedy.
This is The Shield at its finest, cul-minating in an explosive, climatic
conclusion in the last episode of Season 5 that will leave fans chom-ping at
the bit for Season 6 (out 3 March).
Produced by Fox Television Studios in association with Sony Pictures Television,
The Shield Season 5 is now available to buy on DVD (from 28 January,
2008), courtesy of Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Four-Disc DVD Box Set |
RRP £34.99 | Certificate 18 | Running time 503 mins approx (feature).
The four-disc set comes packed with the usual high standard of bonus features
including commentaries on every episode, a memorial featurette honouring
deceased veteran director/producer Scott Brazil and the powerful 88-minute documentary
Delivering The Baby: The Making of Episode 511. Featurettes: The Shield
Television Academy Panel (Q&A with Chiklis | Ryan and Whitaker) | IAD (An analysis
of Whitaker's role in the Internal Affairs Division) | Fox Movie Channel Presents:
Making A Scene | Music Video | 25 Deleted scenes with Optional Commentary by
Shawn Ryan | Season 6 Prequel.