THE PLOT THUS FAR
WHAT WE THOUGHT
Shot with gritty realism on the streets of Los Angeles, this hard-hitting police procedural focuses on the day-to-day interactions between longtime cop John Cooper (Michael Cudlitz), his rookie partner, Ben Sherman (Benjamin McKenzie), and a stable of veteran detectives (including Regina King). But the criminals don’t wait for the main characters to find balance between their dangerous professions and their complicated personal lives. Meanwhile, detectives Lydia Adams (Regina King), Russell Clarke (Tom Everett Scott) and the other men and women in blue put it all on the line as they lay down the law in the City of Angels.
The fact that many of the terms used in Southland are not sugar coated, as in other TV series, blows my mind and is what keeps me watching. I see far too much in other series where the characters actually seem awkward as their language doesn’t reflect what their behaviour is showing or the producers want to appease the censors and use softer language. Having two separate views of cases may distract some people, but this is exactly what it is like in reality. There are detectives in the same division as the front line officers and although they may work together on some incidents, often go about their day on different paths. The finale is and what will make me a dedicated viewer because of how close it hits to home. As an officer you tend not to try and get involved in your neighbours business, this is a reality in today’s world where anything can happen if you choose to do so.
The DVD comes with a really detailed scene-specific commentary. Plus, you get deleted scenes and an interactive map for the Los Angeles area. I love how there are such detailed special features and A/V Quality on what amounts to an On-Demand DVD-R product. Warner Brothers is really upping their game with creating new markets for the specialty shows and it’s turning out amazing efforts. I’d recommend it for a purchase.