Thursday, April 16, 2009
NBC presents SouthLAnd
Southland, a new series on NBC which comes on Thursday nights at 9/10c is a more realistic view point from cops working the dangerous streets of Los Angeles. Normally LA is glamorized when being presented to a mass audience but this shows does a great job at informing viewers otherwise. The first episode premiered last week and it kept me on the edge of my seat. It was about racism and how it plays a role in gang violence. If a person of the worng race and gang affiliation is caught in a neighborhood where they shuldnt be they are often gunned down, and the show illustarted that poinbt very well. It also high lighted kid abduction and sex predators in various neighborhoods as well. Whats interesting about this show is it's more uncensored by the network. Swear words are bleeped out rather than them not saying them at all. There are many disturbing images being shown, but not offensive inmy opinion., thats what made the show relatable. It also took the viewer behind the scenes of what cops go throgh on a day to day basis. One thing that really stood out to me was the rookie on the force, officer Ben Sherman when he was telling officer John Cooper how he didnt want to kill anyone and how afetr he killed that gang member how bad he felt, and how he has the option of counseling if he wants. But officer John got enraged telling him that there job is to get rid of violence and take bad people of the streets of LA. As compared to other cop shows such as Bones and NYPD , its way more risky, realistic and controversial.