At its best, it stands among the finest television drama ever produced. At other times, its a little too Haggis-esque for me with its downright preaching. Some of the McNulty angles also became a bit much for me, but again, when it focuses on the central stories, its great stuff.
Let's all just admit that we want it to be better than it really is.
Take an honest look at it without fear of destroying something you think you love. I watched it a couple of years ago and I honestly no longer remember anything that moved me. It's just a crime show with an ambitious concept that's not so fascinating. Yay for Omar, but when you think of it, "Omar coming for vengeance" is all he ever does.