The Shield - Season 6 Promo Teaser
I. Cannot. Wait.
I could go on and on about how "The Shield" is my favorite show on tv, or how it throws conventional wisdom about the typical series out the door. In most ongoing series, there's a feeling of "we need to make each episode/book/movie accessible to those who've never heard of it." In my opinion, completely ignoring previous installments cheapens what's come before. Many do it quite successfully, maintaining a high level of quality. Yet unless the characters' actions leave scars, you can't reach an emotional pinnacle like last year's Season 5 finale.
Season 5 was so damn powerful because Vic and the Strike Team are finally getting their comeuppance due to events that happened in the very first episode, and Vic is finally realizing that he's led his team down a path from which there is no turning back, and no redemption. I don't think it's a coincidence that the ratings for season 5 were the highest for the series.
If you haven't seen "The Shield," start from the beginning. If you have seen it, you know what I'm talking about.