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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
Love the show hate that you pulled it from Amazon Prime!! Just finished watching Season 1 not cool Amazon!!Published 1 day ago by Amazon Shopper
Why was this removed from prime instant video? Great show so far , would be nice if we could finish watching on prime. Not cool amazonPublished 1 day ago by Amazon Customer
I was little miffed when I had finished watching all but two episodes of the first season. When I went back to watch the last two, they were no longer free for Amazon Prime... Read morePublished 1 day ago by Mike D.
Loved it until you pulled it from Amazon prime in the middle of me watching Season 1.Published 1 day ago by Carole Williamson
WHY DID YOU REMOVE THIS FROM PRIME??!!?? THIS IS ONE OF THE SHOWS I SIGNED UP FOR PRIME TO WATCH. WILL BE CANCELING MY MEMBERSHIP SOON!!!Published 2 days ago by Amazon Customer