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Synchronicity with "The Shield"

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by Jen Collins, aka Kitty Bukkake

Lately all I really want to do is watch DVDs, and right now I'm living on "The Shield." Maybe you've watched it too--it's a cop show set here in Los Angeles, somewhat based on the Rampart scandal, and stars Michael Chiklis, whom I immediately took a shine to because despite playing an LA cop, he retains the lingering brogue of a former Masshole like myself--he's from Lowell, Massachusetts. They shoot at Prospect Studios, right here in Franklin Hills, and on location all over the east side--Silverlake, Echo Park, HiFi. It's a fabulous show, and recognizing streets and stores and houses makes it more exciting to watch.

Last week in between Season 3 Episodes 2 and 3, I hit Trader Joe's for another box of popsicles, and spotted Catherine Dent (Danny Sofer, good cop, mostly) in line with her baby. Her bright green shirt and khaki shorts outfit threw me because she's always wearing blues on the show. Then today, eagerly anticipating Season 4 Disc 1 (Hurry, Netflix), I was on my way to the Los Feliz post office and I passed a shoot at Franklin and Talmadge, a block from my house. There were cops everywhere, maybe not unusual for a location shoot, but I immediately thought it must be "The Shield," it has to be. And it was. Walton Goggins (Shane Vendrell, bad cop, mostly) was checking his reflection in the side window of a Land Rover. As I drove away I heard someone yell, "Okay people, let's go!"

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Now I'm home and bummed out, not only because the mail is late, but, damn. I hate knowing that the only thing I'm interested in right now is happening a block away from my house, and I'm watching it happen... from my couch, three seasons ago, strung out on iced coffee, wearing a floppy hat and a sweaty bikini.

So anyway, my question for the readers of LAist in the meantime is, what would happen if a person just walked down there and stood around watching them shoot? Are there rules about civilians on a union set? Would they think (know) I'm a crazy person, or worse--a tourist? And most importantly, how do I stop watching exciting things happen and start being part of them? Okay, I don't expect you to answer that last part.

(Note: I went home to get my camera, but when I got back they were on lunch break. Still lots of cops around, but real cops, not TV cops. But then again, this is LA. Law enforcement may just be their day job.)

photo by Jen Collins