The Shield – Season Six (Sony DVD)
B- Sound: B Extras: B- Episodes: B
Mackey returns to show us what DVD is all about with The Shield: Season Six. The
series that has always overflowed with controversy, corruption, and commitment
truly kicks it up a notch this season.
The Shield is known to be a series that
viewers had to have watched from the very beginning to understand. The series is full of powerful twists and
turns, both emotionally and physically, that would be lost to a newcomer.
Warning: Some spoilers + newcomers will be lost!
revealing too much, Season Six starts
where Season Five left off after
Lem’s untimely death. The Strike Team is
flustered and angered by the events and in deep need of something to pull them
back together. A certain individual
refuses to let things go and begins to plant evidence and strong arm witnesses
to lie about the Strike Team, while other Strike Team members are down right
suicidal. Vic is about to be pushed out
of his career and into early retirement, but refuses to go without a
fight. As the season progresses, Vic’s
promise to bring down Lem’s killer adds a degree of intensity that the series
has never seen before. Though only ten
episodes long, this is by far one of the best seasons of The Shield.
viewing the full ten episodes of Season
Six, it seemed as though that around episode 6 or 7 the season took an
intensity dive. For as best as this
reviewer can figure, the writers, directors (as well as the cast) were not aware
of a Seventh Season of the hit series until about half way through Season
Six. The intensity that flows through
the first 6 episodes or so of the season under review here, make it seem as
though all stops were pulled out to lead to an epic conclusion. Somewhere along the line, however, the cast
and crew became aware of a Seventh Season and slowed the chaos down.
technical features of this 4-Disc set aren’t without a degree of criminal
corruption, but good nevertheless. The
picture is once again presented in an intentionally gritty image, BUT has been
upgraded to a far more appealing 1.78 X 1 Widescreen. The Widescreen image is a nice feature this
time around, but the picture quality whereas solid in depth and video black, it
is color poor and still has some light/dark issues. The sound this season is also upgraded from a
drab stereo track to a Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround. The surrounds project better, are fuller, and
brings a stronger atmosphere to the series that was lost in previous DVD releases.
the great series on DVD wasn’t enough already, Sony also includes a nice amount
of extras that highlight the ins and outs of the series as well. Eight of the ten episodes in Season Six includes an audio commentary
track. With that said, the commentaries
range from ‘ok, this is boring’ to a ‘free for all party.’ The writers and directors seem to be the more
focused and boring commentators, but the actors bring excitement and enthusiasm
as they fight to get a word in on all the great scenes. Eight episodes also include deleted scenes
that neither add nor detract from the series, but it is nice to get a bigger
helping of The Shield. Also included in the extras are several
featurettes that include ‘Saturn’s Sons’ featurette, ‘Two Directors’
featurette, and ‘Full Circle: Frank Potente’ featurette. The featurettes are all nice and give great
insight into the series as it comes to a close.
than ever Vic Mackey (Michael Chiklis) proves that two wrongs sometimes do make
a right. His hardened cop exterior
coupled with a strong internal turmoil makes for an engaging and insanely
captivating character. Feel the wrath
and force of the Strike Team with The
Shield: Season Six.
- Michael P. Dougherty II