Unlike Devon, my opinion never changes to the flavor of the week. The Shield is by far the best show on TV. Hands down.
The Shield is about Detective Vic Mackey and his strike team working the streets of Los Angeles. When the show first started out, 7 seasons ago, Vic and his partner Shane were pretty corrupt. Skimming off the top of drug dealers. Letting drug dealers do their business as long as they cut Vic and Shane in on the deals. Stealing from crooks, but even doing that, they would still get the job done. They would "let the little fish swim away to catch the big fish" so to say. In Season 1 Episode 1 Vics captain knows that Vic and Shane are up to no good, but doesn't have the evidence to catch them, so he enlists someone to infiltrate his team and get the dirt. Well the end of Episode 1 Vic has put a bullet in the face of that cop that was sent in, because Vic can smell a trap a mile away. There is no outsmarting him. Like Vic says to a suspect who is not giving details in an interogation room.. "Good cop and bad cop left for the day, I'm a different kinda cop." Then Vic picks up a phone book and smashes the suspect in the face with it.
7 seasons later, and Vic and the team are still feeling and dealing with that moment from the first episode, all leading up to next Tuesday, which will be the finale for the series. Over the course of the series, Vic and the team have tried to steer away from being corrupt, because they know there is only so much, and so long they can get away with their deeds. Most shows tend to forget events that happened in previous seasons, or last week for that matter. All the events from that one moment has lead up to people being fired, arrested, and even to strike team members killing each other off. That's what is so great about this show. Unlike shows on NBC, or CBS, when a character dies, there is no preview, no hints, you will be watching the show then BAM, a major character in the series is dead, like that. It's real.
This past Tuesday, one of the most powerful scenes in the shows history went down. Vic has done a lot of wrong in his career, but has done more right. He has landed a chance to gain immunity in exchange for bringing down one of the biggest crime bosses in the city. Only catch is in order to get the immunity, he needs to confess his crimes. That includes, for the first time ever, Vic confessing to killing the cop from season 1, Terry Crowley. The look Vic gives before he begins his confession is priceless. Take a look.
Tomorrow I will not have another best show. Because this is the best show, not just on cable, but on television. If you have not watched this show yet, I highly suggest you get to it.