4.5 stars (NR) Michael Chiklis
The premiere of the final season of “The Shield” is Tuesday, so here's a chance to get caught up on the gritty, daring, tough, moving, darkly comic, horrific, terrific, perfectly cast and incredibly acted FX police drama — one of the best TV series ever. After the shocking assassination of one of the central figures in the series, the sixth season finds Vic (Michael Chiklis) and the Strike Team still reeling, even as the investigation into the murder proceeds. Matters become positively Shakespearean this year, with only a few minor missteps keeping Season Six from getting a five-star rating. 498 minutes. DVD INFO: Includes episode commentary by series honcho Shawn Ryan and the cast, deleted and extended scenes, and featurettes.