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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!"