The Wire is an American television drama set and produced in Baltimore, Maryland. Created, produced, and primarily written by author and former police reporter David Simon, the series is broadcast by the premium cable network HBO in the United States. The Wire premiered on June 2, 2002, with 50 episodes airing over the course of its first four seasons. The fifth and final season, which encompasses 10 episodes, premiered on January 6, 2008.
The plot of the first season centers on the ongoing struggles between police units and drug-dealing gangs on the west side of the city, and is told from both points of view. Subsequent seasons have focused on other facets of the city. The large cast consists mainly of character actors who are little known for their other roles. Simon has said that despite its presentation as a crime drama, the show is “really about the American city, and about how we live together. It’s about how institutions have an effect on individuals, and how…whether you’re a cop, a longshoreman, a drug dealer, a politician, a judge [or] lawyer, you are ultimately compromised and must contend with whatever institution you’ve committed to.
From the Wikipedia entry on The Wire.
The Wire is a show that is strangely addictive. I really enjoyed how the Barksdale investigation encompassed the first few seasons. This is something that never really happens in TV. The same investigation spanning three seasons? Anyway, the fifth season still uses elements from the first season. I think it’s a great show. I also enjoy how in the fifth season, Simon plans on featuring the media and how it impacts the city.
Clay Davis’ trial is a farce. He isn’t convicted. Things are rapidly going out of control for McNulty and Lester. They are receiving too much attention from the press and the police force. McNulty’s got too many cops. He doesn’t know what to do with them. Gus is onto Scott’s lies.
Warning: Spoilers ahead.
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Lester has the wire online. McNulty is making a call. He calls Templeton. The cops are scrambling to get a tap on the reporter’s cell phone. The cops arrive on scene where the cell phone was traced. Templeton gets an image on his cell phone.
Clay wants good legal representation but he’s out of money. His lawyer wants 200K$ when he gets Clay out of this mess.
McNulty is interviewing Templeton.
Omar is hitting Marlo’s stash houses. Cherry and his mate find the junk flushed down the drain.
Carcetti is campaigning. He’s getting ready to run for governor. He got 92K$ in a few hours. He is informed about the homeless situation. He wants Rawls in action. The LT tries to get Bunk to come down to a meeting.
McNulty gets more wiretaps and support from the district judge. The mayor wants more bodies on the case. There will be no overtime restrictions.
Carver comes to get Michael Lee. Bunk has found a lead on some of the bodies of last year’s case. McNulty gets too much attention and support. Bunk is still pissed at them.
Carver brings Michael Lee to Bunk.
McNulty distributes the excess manpower to cases that need it. Bunk wants to know who killed his mom’s boyfriend. That is the case that Bunk thinks will unravel the string of gangland murders of last year.
Kima is doing background interviews on the serial killer cases. Gus is managing his reporters. He isn’t happy with Scott’s story. He’s shut up by his bosses.
McNulty has to refuse extra help from his LT. McNulty continues to help out cops that are starving for help on their cases.
Lester is in court for his case appearance in the Clay Davis case. Reggie is busy helping out at the soup kitchen. A reporter shows up. He wants to know about how the life is for the homeless in Baltimore.
Lester intercepts a call on Marlo’s line. It’s a time. Kima bought some IKEA furniture for when her kid comes by.
Gus pops in at a local cop bar.
Omar ambushes Sevino and kills him. Sevino was with Cherry at the drug house.
Lester keeps intercepting photos of clocks from Marlo’s phone. It’s some kind of code. He needs more manpower. He needs 8 men in cars to try and crack the code.
Omar shows up at Michael Lee’s corner. He surprises them. He tells them that he dropped Sevino last night.
Clay Davis’ trial is turning into a farce. Davis gets applauded when he leaves the courthouse. He got acquitted from all charges.
Gus is onto Scott’s lies. He’s working on uncovering his web of deceit.
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