The money train hit was a roaring success in season two, but how do you hide thousands of stolen drug dollars? Good question, and with the Armenian mob and the U.S. government both giving chase, dirty cop Vic Mackey (Michael Chiklis) and the Strike Team have little time to figure it out. And that’s only the tip of this wild iceberg.

"The Shield" is one of the most exhilarating and edgy shows on TV, and the incredible cast (including CCH Pounder, Walton Goggins, Jay Karnes and especially Benito Martinez) is pushed harder than ever this time. Your job may be a drag, but it’s got to be easier than this.

Includes 15 episodes (eight with commentary), plus deleted scenes (with commentary) and a "making-of" documentary regarding the season finale.

Grade: A

© 2005, Knight Ridder/Tribune Information Services.

The Shield: Season 3 is currently available.