So I just finished up watching The Shield the whole way through for the first time last night, and GODDAMN what an utterly amazing show. I've never felt so defeated at the end of a series, but looking back I was never as impressed as I was either. Even with Breaking Bad, the only other show I'd say that comes close to it, I never got emotionally attached like I did to Vic and the Strike Team. The pilot is probably the best pilot episode I'd ever seen, with everything going so normally just to end with something that unexpected. That's how shows hook into you. Then once Season 5 rolled around I realized how truly special the show was, from the intricate story that always connects back to the very first episode, to the performances from the entire cast. And then the finale came, and blew away any and all expectations I'd ever had for a finale. Every character, every plot, everything, all tied up, all felt right in the world. I've just never watched anything like it. And seeing how it practically won nothing in the awards circuit or is never in the talks for best show of all time (usually reserved for Sopranos, Breaking Bad, and The Wire), I have to feel that then show is criminally underrated for what it accomplished in seven seasons. I can only imagine the reaction to the show today (not that it could even air anymore), after the social media craze that took over for the final season of Breaking Bad. Long enough rant? I think so. What's yours?