I've had the complete sixth series for a while now, but I haven't been able to get around to watching it until now. I'm still only part way through, but that just makes it easier to review the final part of this series without spoilering events for those who've not seen this most excellent show.
For the previous reviews in the Homicide series check here:
The Complete First Series (Seasons One and Two)
The Complete Second Series (Season Three)
The Complete Third Series (Season Four)
The Complete Fourth Series (Season Five)
The Complete Fifth Series (Season Six)
And the Why You Should Watch feature on the show is located here.
It's an excellent season (as much as I've seen of it so far), providing many of the strong and interesting cases that are a hallmark of this show, but as always it's the characterisation in the show that will keep you coming back for more. Now I must disclose that there is a fair portion of watchers who really felt that the quality was gone by this point in the series, now I do agree with them that the cast attrition (at this point there are only four original cast members left) did not help the show, but that's as far as I'll go. I do actually enjoy and like the newer members.
Sadly this is the last season of the show, but there is at least a final made for TV movie to tie everything up left after this. It's a great, great show that stands in the vanguard of police procedurals and happily thumbs it's nose at the lesser shows out there who prefer to treat their viewers as kindergarten sheep.
This time we miss out on:
Live Panel Discussion with Tom Fontana, Barry Levinson, James Yoshimura, and David Simon
Barry Levinson's Acceptance Speech for the 2004 Video Software Dealers Association Career Achievement Award
Commentary with Tom Fontana, Julie Martin, and James Yoshimura on the Episode "Forgive Us Our Trespasses"
Sure it's not that much, but still. Come on!
Also, much to my annoyance Homicide: The Movie is not included amongst all of the episodes, which means that one is left hanging on Fremantle's less than considerable graces awaiting to see the final story lines resolve. Bah!
Runtime: 960 mins
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Audio: 2.0 Stereo
Subtitles: English Hard-of-hearing
Here's the good news, Sendit have this set for the low price of £17.89, which works out at 1.9 ppm. Even HMV in the street has it at £20 right now (in stores). So this is a great time to pick up the set.