Category Archives: Season 3

… we fight on that lie

Change has been the watchword of season three and while much of the finale adheres to the unbroken cycles that define this show, there is plenty of progress in evidence, you simply need to look for it in the right place.  Continue reading


We ain’t gotta dream no more, man

Astounding, simply astounding.  The Wire’s so consistently great that you risk getting desensitized to it.  Fortunately, there are episodes like “Middle Ground” to remind us what an awesome show we’re watching.  The storytelling here is incredible as we watch Stringer and Avon’s mutual betrayal unfold while similar backbiting is happening between the BPD and City Hall.  Continue reading

Call it a crisis of leadership

The system works?  Well… sort of.  Last week saw Cutty run up against the labyrinth of bureaucracy trying to get permits for his gym and we were reminded of just how difficult the system can make things for those simply trying to do some good.  Delegate Watkins helps grease the wheels for him and we’re left with the mixed bag of a politician that actually helps people, albeit for the sake of political points.  It’s imperfect, but it’s the best the system has ever done on this series.  Continue reading

… while you’re waiting for moments that never come

McNulty’s been a particularly big (even for him) jackass in recent episodes, and “Slapstick” kicks that up an notch further, opening with him leaving his kids home alone for “just a few hours” so he can go bang Theresa. Continue reading

Crawl, walk, then run

In my last write up I accused Bunny’s solution to the drug problem of being a half measure.  “Moral Midgetry” delivers the other half.  Having seen the season before, I knew this was coming, and I have to wonder how much that knowledge has influenced my interpretation of each episode.  I don’t think I’ve been seeing anything that isn’t in episodes themselves, and I specifically recall having a similar reaction to Bubbles’ walk the first time around, but my thoughts tie into the season-arc a little too well to be a coincidence.  It doesn’t matter too much either way, but it is something to be aware of. Continue reading

Conscience do cost

One of the things I always appreciated about this season of The Wire is that it doesn’t sugar coat the prospect of legalizing drugs.  Yes, it’s a policy I favour personally, but I’m not naïve enough to think it’s some miracle cure for urban decay.  Fortunately, this show isn’t one to suggest that complex problems have simple answers.  Continue reading

Just a gangster, I suppose

While Stringer may not understand Marlow, Avon clearly does.  “Homecoming” finally kicks off the inevitable drug war between their crews and one gets the impression that both men are happier this way.  Continue reading

I had such fuckin’ hopes for us

Throughout The Wire, we’ve seen Stringer Bell as the most accomplished of drug dealers as he blends street smarts and ruthlessness with strong business acumen.  “Straight and True” would seem to confirm that image even as it exposes its lie.  Continue reading

Why you got to go and fuck with the program?

Once again, the episode’s epigraph deals explicitly with change.  More particularly, “Hamsterdam” gives us a look at the hostility towards change.  The corner crews are offered what should be every drug dealer’s dream, the opportunity to ply their trade with impunity.  Their refusal to listen to the police is partially due to mistrust and disrespect, but mostly due to devotion to the status quo.  Continue reading

The gods will not save you

After the daring promise of last week’s episode, it’s a little disappointing to see Colvin moving so methodically to implement his plan in “Dead Soldiers.”  This show may be agile enough to turn on a dime, but it never sprints towards anything. Continue reading