Second season of S.W.A.T. sizzles with action – and a lot of heart

Hondo and his special team of crime catchers are back, and in the second season, there’s even more action, chases and explosions … and an earthquake!

Many people can tell you that LAPD is the acronym for Los Angeles Police Department, but the name S.W.A.T. often leads to some head-scratching – although most are aware it refers to a law-enforcement unit with superior firepower – in terms of both bullets and biceps.

Well, the Special Weapons and Tactics unit from Los Angeles is back for a second season with Sergeant Daniel “Hondo” Harrelson (Shemar Moore) as the team leader. And this former Marine has both guns and guns!

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The rest of the team consists of Long Beach Police newbie Jim Street, Christina “Chris” Alonso, Dominique Luca, veteran David “Deacon” Kay, Victor Tan and, of course, Commander Robert Hicks, who will be playing a much bigger role this season.

The new season kicks off with an earthquake, and over 23 episodes viewers can also look forward to the S.W.A.T. team having to deal with bombs, a hijacked cruise ship, diamond robbers, multiple drug-dealing cases, a carjacking ring, kidnappings, trying to prevent a school shooting and the return of The Emancipators gang.

“We’re picking up where we left off with season one,” Moore told CBS News in an interview. “Last year we were flipping trucks and going nuts and they had me flying around in a helicopter with just three little straps holding me and I was like, ‘Okay! You got life insurance on this thing?’ And, you know, I’m not the best with heights. But I can’t be Shemar; I gotta be Hondo.

“And then, in episode one of season two, I’m atop the US Bank building in Los Angeles. First day of work!”

He and his fellow actors have to be physically fit to portray their characters. “If we weren’t in more than mediocre shape,” he said, “we couldn’t do this job.”

Asked why his character was the right person to lead the S.W.A.T. team, Moore said, “Hondo had to overcome and persevere to be in this position – not only to be a leader but also to be a black leader and coming from South LA. So he’s had to overcome adversity, but he has a lot of compassion; he has a lot of heart.”

If you’re a fan and you want to delve even deeper into this world, check out The Shield, which follows the members and cases of an experimental division of the LAPD – Shawn Ryan is the executive producer on both series.

Watch S.W.A.T. S2 on Thursdays on M-Net (101) at 19:00
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