I just found this board and wanted to chime in that I'm a big fan, too. I have seasons 1 and 2 on DVD and have even bought them for some of my friends - mostly because I knew I'd never see my DVDs again if I just loaned them out, but I digress.
This show is like Tivo: everyone who has tried it/seen it, loves it, but not enough people know about it. Most of my friends had never even heard of The Shield before I told them about it. To me, The Shield is everything The Sopranos is supposed to be, and a better show.
I think season 3 is off to a great start! It seems that maybe Tevan is moving towards being Vic's #2 instead of Shane, which is interesting since Tevan isn't involved in or aware of any of the strike team's extra-curricular activities. The Vic/Shane/Shane's-girlfriend situation sure seems headed for a blow-up.
Also, there seems to be some sort of relationship developing between the black woman on the decoy team (whose name I didn't pick up on and who is rather sexy, I might add) and Vic, which is interesting on both the personal side and in how it will impact the strike team since there is a lot of tension between the two groups. She seems very savvy and seems to want to be on Vic's good side. Since she is sexy, Vic seems all for it. This will definitely lead to something...