The first 4 seasons are top notch police/gang/political/school( 4th season) TV. The fifth season is great for all parts but the police one. And this at the core a police show. What a let down. You almost wish they salvaged that part à la Roseanne or Dallas and it was all just a dream.
Nevertheless, brilliant cast. Glad I watched it.
Snoop was the best character, until you realize it was not an act at all. That girl is an actual murderer and was still involved in gangs in 2011.
Bubbles is the heart of the show, especially true after watching the 5th season debacle of the McNulty character.
I really enjoyed the Michael/Duquan story arc. Too bad Tristan Wilds followed it up with the reboot of 90210. WTF? Wasted talent. I'm sure he's filthy rich, but man, that kid should be doing better work than that.
5th season is not that great compared to the first four (specially 1 and 3) but it's not bad. I didn't think the police part wasn't enjoyable or McNulty's character declined. I agree with what he did, Gregs did let me down though.
The actress playing Snoop wasn't the only one playing a character she pretty much is in real life. Most of the gang members and street people were. And all the politicians were insipired in real life people (most of the plots too).
The best character and the heart of the show is Omar definitely.
The whole fabricating evidence, strangling corpses, creating a false serial killer... You know, stuff you don't expect from a top detective. That is professionally. In his personal life, throwing away his new found happiness, with his new family, almost making a conscious decision to embrace alcoholism... Basically, that character became a full blown loser in season 5. But that is me.
That is why I think the cop part of the show was disappointing. The rest was great.
Yeah I don't know how I feel about the serial killer storyline. I've never been completely sold on it. If nothing else it is too sensational when compared to the rest of the show. There is that great scene with the FBI profilers though
Plus the newspaper doesn't get as fully developed as the institutions in the other seasons. Damn HBO only giving them 10 episodes
The best show ever. Followed closely in my book by Breaking Bad. Love that show too, but I've never cried over a character dying the way I did with the Wire. Bodie...poor Bodie. Loved that guy.
As you can tell by my avatar, I'm also a huge Omar fan. The courtroom scene from season one? Some of the best 7 minutes of television ever made. As was his famous scene with Brother Mouzone.
I have always found Brother Mouzone to be a character that didn't really contribute much to the series. My favorite was by far Stringer Bell (as you can tell by my avatar ), especially in season 3 were he and Avon get more and more opposed and eventually betray each other. Season 3 was maybe the best in my opinion (although it is very hard to pick one out) also with Colvins 'Hamsterdam' experiment. Bunny Colvin and Stringer Bell were two revolutionary (potential) game changers, and it was sad to see how office politics make any plan for changes impossible. "The game stays the game".