I realize this is a VERY old thread, but I never really read the whole thing until now so here is my bit:
I am actually surprised at how many people didn't really LOVE season 5! I have to say, this is one of my FAVOURITE seasons, if not THE favourite. (Season 3 and 5 are right on the top of my list.)
I thought season 5 had a lot of heart; more realism. The boys were stressed out over the hash, and a lot of shit happened and they had to try to deal with it. They just seemed more REAL this season...I am not sure how to describe it but in the end none of the arguing, the potential money with the hash...NONE of it mattered more then each other. Julian was willing to turn all the has over to Cyrus because Bubbles was scared and upset about the possibility of a gun fight, Ricky asking Bubbles to look after Trinity for him when he had the heart attack, Julian having to suck it up and find a way to get Layhey to help Ricky and then you had Ricky accepting responsibility for Bubbles' gun so Bubs wouldn't have to go to jail...
GOOD STUFF. This season had humour with a bit of realism (we can't love each other ALL the time!) and a lot of heart. I loved it. As a matter of fact, I have the season 5 finale on my iPod. I watch it all the time.