The world, and Los Angeles more specifically, are changing quickly for the go-getting lead characters of S.W.A.T., with political unrest and cop violence rising in the streets.
It’s pretty bold of a CBS procedural TV drama to tackle such intense real-world events, but with its fourth season, S.W.A.T. is attempting to do just that, bringing the events of George Floyd’s death and the turbulent protests after into its fictional crime narrative.
Audiences still probably recognise Shemar Moore from Criminal Minds first and foremost, and here he continues his lead role of Sergeant Daniel “Hondo” Harrelson, an LA native who is fiercely protective of the neighbourhood he was raised in.
The trailer below shows Hondo struggling to reconcile his roots with the controversial job that defines his life, blending into a crowd of mask-wearing protestors with an uneasy look on that handsome face.
The fourth season of S.W.A.T. is now available to stream in Australia on iTunes, with a tumultuous 18 episodes depicting not only the ravages of the coronavirus but also sex trafficking, the police station’s bomb threats, bank robberies and the death of a vital team member.
The first three seasons are streaming on Netflix and Google Play, meaning you’ll have to hop platforms a bit if you want to get up-to-date on the whole true blue cop saga.