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It might make depressing viewing for those who prefer to see the world in black and white, but The Shield controls the middle ground, which is bathed in 1,000 shades of grey.
The Shield is as gritty and dangerous and rude as before, a bracing wake-up from the stultifying sameness of most network dramas.
Episodes like this [finale] are why they came up with the word "game-changer."
The cop show so different it tells you it's different about a dozen times every episode just in case you don't notice it's different, The Shield is back for a second season of belligerent chest-thumping.
The second season of The Shield is probably the least flawed hour of television that I have ever seen.
It's to Chiklis' credit that as powerful a force as he is on camera, he doesn't eclipse the work of others.
If you come to The Shield just for a look at the bravura acting of 2002 Emmy winner Michael Chiklis, you'll stay to appreciate a daring police drama whose growing moral complexity redeems its occasional excesses.
The writers, producers and directors are among the best in television, good enough to make you feel positively righteous in rooting for Mackey to hold the thin, blue line against the forces of darkness.
The chiseled Chiklis imbues Mackey with incredible intensity and anger that almost makes you forget how implausible it is for him to get away with practically everything he does on both sides of the border in pursuit of his idea of justice.
The Shield has taken a visible turn this season, structuring its horrors so that they pertain acutely to current anxieties.
With Mackey and Aceveda forced to work together, "Shield" creator Shawn Ryan has diffused the Road Runner-Wile E. Coyote dynamic...It's a shakeup that ought to ensure more surprising twists in episodes to come.
Audience Reviews for The Shield: Season 2
Jan 19, 2021The plot thickens.. and gets a bit complicated