The Musings of a High School English teacher in Baltimore City
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
CCH Pounder, Flogging Molly, and The Shield
I've begun to use Netflix mostly for watching entire runs of TV series. I'll watch them all at once, methodically, letting them unspool like a novel. I did this with The Sopranos, with Dexter, with Breaking Bad, and with Mad Men. For the last few, I've been frustrated, because the shows are incredible but they're also en medea res so I've got to wait for a while to continue watching.
I don't have this problem with The Shield, which ended last year. I'm halfway through Season 2, and am consistently amazed by the series so far. Great acting and intriguing stories. I think Season 1 was better than Season 2, so far - the tortured supporting characters really did it for me. However, Season 2 has still been pretty great, and this clip above just sort of encapsulates it for me. A great, great song ("If I Ever Leave This World Alive" by Flogging Molly) played over a montage of characters grappling with their tortured psyches. The clip starts with the great CCH Pounder reprimanding Micheal Chicles with her eyes and her voice - they've never been so commanding, and I have loved to see her go toe-to-toe with Mackey lately in the series.