Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare II (2022) Short Thoughts #8 - Shepherd
You know, I'm not entirely sure how I feel about the new Shepherd. He's certainly not the magnum-toting, moustache-wearing unit that he was in the original Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. That Shepherd, voiced by the great Lance Henriksen, could pull soldiers from burning cars in the heat of battle and even beat Captain Price in hand-to-hand combat; this new Shepherd is almost a geriatric. The character is written well enough and there are some similarities, such as his commanding and matter-of-fact nature. However, the new Shepherd is more underhanded and sneakier and it's these qualities that I'm not sure about.
While the old Shepherd had unnecessarily poetic — almost philosophical — speeches, some genuine charisma, and a massive, ridiculous revolver that no one would ever need; the new, more grounded, and realistic Shepherd struggles to stand out as a credible villain. They were big shoes to fill after Lance's performance so a maniacal lunatic our new Shepherd unfortunately is not. Glenn Morshower still provides a decent performance this time around, though.