"The Shield" enters its fourth season with Vic Mackey adrift after his past actions have caught up with him. He's no longer the cop he used to be - the Strike Team has dissolved and he's ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Curtis Lemansky (as Kenneth Johnson)
Aurora Aceveda (as Camillia Sanes)
Assistant Chief Roy Phillips


"The Shield" enters its fourth season with Vic Mackey adrift after his past actions have caught up with him. He's no longer the cop he used to be - the Strike Team has dissolved and he's stuck babysitting a menial surveillance sting that keeps him off the street. With Captain Aceveda moving on to his new City Council position, Captain Monica Rawling prepares to take over the Barn and implement her controversial anti-gang policies. Written by Jeff Young

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Crime | Drama | Thriller





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15 March 2005 (USA)  »

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When Vic Mackey and Monica Rawling first meet Antwon Mitchell at the "cook-out," you can clearly see the shadow of the camera on the wall. See more »


References The Terminator (1984) See more »


The Shield Theme
Written and Performed by Vivian Romero, Ness Bautista, and Rodney Alejandro
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Strongest premiere of The Shield so far
14 February 2010 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

This episode serves as a great introduction to Season 4.

We're reintroduced to Vic and Ronnie, now the sole 'survivors' of the now-disbanded Strike Team, now working on sting operations based on surveillance footage from inside rental cars, a story that began midway last season. Just the look of the former Strike Team room shows us how much has changed - dart boards and couches replaced by wall-to-wall shelves of video tapes. The beloved 'STRIKE TEAM ONLY' marker message on the door has also sadly been painted over.

Glen Close is introduced immediately into the show, who'll be taking over from Aceveda as captain. Immediately there's an interesting chemistry between her character and Vic, and it'll surely only get better as it develops. It's nice to see that Vic gets to have somewhat of a fresh start with a new boss, as Aceveda knew or at least suspected the type of cop Vic was.

What I found most interesting about this episode is how the two former members of the Strike Team, Lem and Shane, are reworked into the story. They're now both on their own, and at least Lem appears to miss the Strike Team somewhat. Shane on the other hand seems to have followed quite a dark path during the time spent away and is now become a character even Vic doesn't know what to make of.

Probably the strongest premiere episode of The Shield so far, mostly due to the characters and how they're interacting. It also provides the most questions, such as if and how Lem and Shane will come back to the team. I hope the writers can keep the characters and stories just as interesting all season.

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