Monday, 1 July 2013

The Shield Pilot Review – Hook, Line and Sinker

For my second TV pilot review I went with police drama with a twist, The Shield. A show that finished in 2008, but is considered by some to be one of the greatest shows of all time.


It’s the final moments of this pilot that really did it for me and, as far as I can see, everyone else who loves this show. That one moment threw an unexpected punch that left me confused, shocked and totally hooked. Up until that, I’d spent my time drawing unfavourable comparisons to ‘The Wire’, but there were some moments that worked really well and looked to set up some interesting ideas. I liked the spread of characters and the multiple narrative threads worked. But again, all I am really left with is those final few seconds . . .