Five Cop Shows That Influenced Me

Five Cop Shows That Influenced Me When is set out to write my PROSPERO’S WAR speculative crime fictions series, my goal was to combine all the things I loved about great cop shows with the world building I am used to using in contemporary fantasy novels. In fact, the idea for the series came while watching a popular crime fiction show, and I thought it would be fun to recap some of the excellent TV writing that influenced these books. 1. THE WIRE. Everyone says The Wire, right? But I really mean it. It was while watching an episode of this series that my idea for the Prospero’s War series came to me. I think it was a scene where Omar was...

The Shield – 711 – Petty Cash

“Petty Cash, the latest episode of The Shield is another episode from the show that has multiple meanings in context. In this case the petty cash refers to the hundred grand that Shane and Mara had stolen from them in last week’s episode (Party Line). It’s not just petty cash in the literal sense but also petty in the method Shane uses it to try and stitch Vic up.Shane is ahead of the game at this point, he’s aware that Corrine is working with Claudette and he attempts to use this to his advantage. At the end of the last episode he demanded a hundred grand from Vic, knowing that the only way Vic could scrape together...

The Shield – 709 – Moving Day

“While last weeks episode was just utterly amazing, this weeks episode of The Shield is more a holding pattern. But don’t take it to mean that the episode was average with nothing interesting happening. It was a tense and powerful affair that showed us the world of the strike team with the smoke and mirrors shrouding it stripped away.Just sitting down and listing the events themselves is staggering. First of all, any pretence of friendship between Vic and Shane is now gone. That blistering phone call between the pair of them revealed just how little they care for each other anymore, they’ve gone from being almost like...

The Shield – 708 – Parracide

Things in The Shield have been left simmering for a long time now, since Shane admitted to Vic that he killed Lem we’ve all been waiting for the moment where the storm breaks and everything falls apart. Two weeks ago Ronnie and Vic attempted to kill Shane along with the Armenians, they failed to get Shane in the hit. At the end of the last week Shane approached Two Man and coerced him into a hit on Ronnie. At the very start of this week’s episode it all went down with an amazing episode, probably the best one since season five. The Shield has cemented it’s place in history and stood up as the best thing on TV right now.Two...

The Shield – 707 – Bitches Brew

We are seven episodes into the final season of FX’s legendary series The Shield.Here is the low down, from Rev:After last weeks episode ‘Animal Control’ it was going to be hard to sustain the same level of tension without over playing events and being forced to continue raising the stakes. Fortunately for us The Shield knows when to simmer and when to boil and ‘Bitches Brew’ simmers throughout while Shane, Vic and Ronnie attempt to pretend that everything is OK.The strike team are called in to deal with a prostitute who was apparently killed by her pimp Bombay; the witness is a familiar face (at least for those...