I guess all good things must come to an end and in the case of the The Drew and Looks podcast deep dive into legendary Tv series the Shield we have reached the finale. On this one I will need to throw out a definite spoiler warning as we will be dealing with the final part of the series, so if you need to catch up then I suggest you check out parts One and Two first.
The Shield centres on the fictional Farmington Division of the Los Angeles police force. CCH Pounder (The X-Files, ER, Justice League Unlimted) plays an iconic role as Captain Claudette Wyms, looking to keep the experimental anti-gang Strike Team in line. The team is led by Vic Mackey, portrayed by Michael Chiklis (The Commish),with the hands-on brutality of Kingpin of Crime Wilson Fisk but the charisma of Spider-Man. Walton Goggins stars in a break-out role as Shane Vendrell, a fast-and-loose redneck who becomes increasingly deranged and dangerous. Vic and Shane’s separation passes the point of no return: the two men begin circling one another with tragic consequences.
Outside of The Strike Team, a talented ensemble are cast as the station’s detectives and rank and file: NYPD Blues where the doughnuts are dripping in blood and filled with vital organs. Ian and I get deep into the characters and their relationships, the writing and directorial choices and our own relationship to the stories being told.
But it is not just the cast and story that is worth seeing here, The sheild is one of the best crafted series of all time. It is a dark and gritty look at a world that many of us will hopefully never see. Helping bring this world to life is showrunner Shawn Ryan and writers Elizabeth Craft and Sarah Fain. Director Frank Darabont, you might know him as the director of a little movie called the Shawshank Redemption and producers Charles H. Eglee and Glen Mazzara. It also features work from Kurt Sutter (Sons of Anarchy), Scott Rosenbaum (Chuck), and David Mamet (Glengarry Glen Ross, Heist). Clark Johnson directed the first and last episodes of The Shield, the same as he did for The Wire, the two shows running concurrently.
Like I said this is a great team and many of the people that worked on this series would go on to work in bigger Hollywood productions and series like The Walking Dead.
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