The Shield - The Complete Third Season
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It won a Golden Globe for Best Drama Series and star Michael Chiklis won the Emmy and Golden Globe awards for Lead Actor in a Drama Series. Get ready as this hard-hitting, award-winning cop drama returns with a vengeance for a pulse-pounding third season.
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
- 15 episodes on four discs
- Audio commentary on selected episodes
- 38 deleted scenes with optional commentary
- "Breaking Episode #315" making-of documentary
Top Customer Reviews
After seeing Season 3, I have finally learned my lesson and will no longer make that silly assumption. This is because "The Shield: Season 3" takes you even further down the rabbit hole that is this amazingly dark and take-no-prisoners cop drama that pretty much breaks all of the rules. You are given some deeply flawed characters... and yet, we still want to learn more about them and even care what happens to them.
After successfully robbing the money train, the heat is on the Strike Team more than ever. Vic needs to keep his team in line until the dust settles, but that proves to be an impossible task as emotions and paranoia run high among the other participants. Captain Aceveda is still trying to maintain his political career while taking care of The Barn, but something horrific will happen to him that will leave him never being the same again. Claudette is still striving for the position of the "top dog" at The Barn and doesn't make things easier for Vic when she decides to include a Decoy Squad, while keeping a close eye on Vic and his team. Still, Vic has other problems to deal with, and I'm not even talking about his family issues. The Strike Team is in constant danger of being the latest victims of the Armenian Mob, who is willing to kill anyone involved with the whole money train robbery.Read more ›
The Shield continues to be one of the best written, directed and acted series on basic cable. The series' ultra realistic look with the use of handheld cameras, grainy film stock and gritty locations continues to create an environment full of powerful drama. Usually a series will begin to drop in quality over the course of its run but the fact that the series runs only fifteen episodes helps keep the writing and directing quality high. There's also a number of high profile guest star turns particularly in the David Mamet directed episode where Mamet's "regulars" Rebecca Pidgeon and Clark Gregg appear turning in outstanding performances. While the Mamet episode is definitely good it's not the best episode from the third season and that's saying quite a bit about this terrific show.
In addition to a number of deleted scenes with optional commentary we also get a terrific documentary on the third season. Breaking Episode #315 gives us a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the production and collaborative method of writing the series.Read more ›
on a stake out with the "Pina Colada Song" playing on the radio. It's a great
opening to a much anticipated new season, and gives it much needed humor.
Many people disagree with my opinion, but I think the third season of The Shield is the best one yet. It's much more plausible and realistic than the previous 2 seasons, and the adding of humor to the script really helps the show. It was starting to crush under the weight of it's seriousness.
You can feel the clamps coming down on detective Vic Mackey, and he's not able to escape scrutiny as easily as he was in season's 1 and 2. The tension regarding the money train scam is almost unbearable to watch.
This season contains some of the best episodes of the series, including one of the best fight scenes ever put on television. This episode, where the Strike Team wins the bet against the Decoy Squad, is my personal favorite.
The most shocking events of the entire series involve Captain Aceveda,
but you have to watch to find out...
Although not as scary as Armadillo from Season 2, a new villain named Margos is lurking in the background, and you never know when he's going to surface. The money train scheme comes to a head on the last episode, with an unexpectedly shocking ending.
One of the great things about this show is it's ability to avoid clichés and typical TV endings. Season 3 does not disappoint!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love this series. Some of the seasons are on 'Crackle', which is a pain to sit through commercials and a clunky app, but this was a great police series.Published 1 month ago by M Johnson
Another home run from my favorite show! The brash and sometimes jaw-dropping antics of the rogue cops leaves you waiting to see how they plan to cover their tracks, setting up... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Raelynn D.
The Shield is one of those great phenomena, like Breaking Bad, that draws you in and keeps you entertained. I never want it to end. Read morePublished 5 months ago by rembrandt
I enjoyed the first season. It got a little repetitious after that. I don't think I will finish the second season (that I paid for).Published 5 months ago by hiker
So far so good. Exploring some dark stuff!! Not for the squeamish.Published 6 months ago by Lee Downer
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