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The Shield doesn't step aside, it steps up,
This review is from: The Shield: Season 6 (DVD)
For all its hard-edges and testosterone-fuelled machismo, The Shield never fails to paint its principal characters as touchingly human, even if the moments are few and far between that we get to glimpse these more tender parts, and this is one of the elements of its success at being the most emotionally cathartic, intense, adrenaline-rush on the telly.
The Shield, in my albeit humble opinion, is the single best product ever recorded to celluloid with the intention of playing it back for entertainment purposes: bar nothing. It's the best thing that's ever graced my TV screen, and makes other top-drawer productions look pedestrian and even lame by comparison.
Season six is full-throttle, pedal to the metal in the style we've become accustomed to, but due to events leading up to the start of the season, the protagonists seem to be in the full throes of a ravaging tornado this season, even more than others.
Walt Goggins serves up the convincing intensity of a man who, already mentally questionable at the best of times, is fully unravelling and on a collision course with his own life and the lives of all the others around him as he becomes hopelessly suicidal and insanely reckless on a lone-ranger syle rampage that King Kong would be proud of.
Mackey is on top of his game, keeping a hundred balls in the air at once, making the tough decisions as always, but somehow, this season, you can sense that he is only human and there are things out there that are capable of crushing his game-plan, which has always been a success up to this point and is one of the most admirable things about the man.
The new guy steps up to the vacant spot on the Strike Team with the intention of replacing Mackey as the team leader, and the storyline revolving around his time at the Barn is a worthy one.
The early episode "Baptism by Fire", where Mackey goes "off the grid" to kidnap a Byz Lat gang-boss from his East LA ghetto stronghold, is one of the most insanely edgey and pumped-up things I have ever seen. Only The Shield can crank the intensity up to these levels, leaving all other movies and TV serials in the dust. The tension this programme can create is just unbelievable, it almost gets to the point where you need a hit of The Shield, you're no longer just watching it.
All in all, season six is superb. It juggles all the relevant parts and people in just the right way, and keeps on turning up the volume, even from points where you don't think it can anymore. It's insane. Season seven I have no doubt will be even crazier. I can't speak highly enough of this TV series, the quality of its creative and technical production and anyone and everyone who is and was involved in making it. There's never been anything else like it, it's a total trail-blazer that keeps getting better as each season goes past. Full marks 100% if 5 stars isn't good enough for ya.
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Initial post: Aug 26, 2008 9:49:57 AM PDT
Richard Byers says:
Great review! Couldn't agree more with your remarks. I signed up for Season 6 well before they were releasing it and it's now in the mail headed my way. Can't wait!
In reply to an earlier post on Aug 31, 2008 6:32:36 PM PDT
Nice writing, dude! I likey, I likey!
Posted on Sep 1, 2008 6:39:51 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 1, 2008 6:40:34 AM PDT
Excellent review. No hyperbole is equal to the greatness that is The Shield. ;) We take it for granted sometimes, but there's no rush better than when that song kicks in and you're *there.* What a world they've made!
And Season 6 is perhaps the finest among equals. Unreal!
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