Archive: The Wire

'The Wire': The Last Edition

There's no such thing as a happy ending in this world. The wicked don't always get theirs. The good find that trying to do the right thing is, at best, a quixotic quest. There's no such thing as karma, because in David Simon's cynically humanistic view, cause and effect intersect...

By Teresa Wiltz | March 10, 2008; 08:46 AM ET | Comments (0)

'The Wire': It's Getting Late in the Games

I get choked up over some scenes (Bubbles, Bubbles, Bubbles). I fret over what will come next. And I wonder: How can the final episode be any good when there are so many loose ends to tie up? I fear the finale will feel like a full-out sprint to the...

By Teresa Wiltz | March 3, 2008; 08:23 AM ET | Comments (0)

'The Wire': Oh My, Omar!

Wow. R.I.P., Omar. Omar's been on the warpath, hobbling through the streets of West Baltimore, picking off Marlo's "muscle" one by one, taunting Marlo, daring him to come out to play. Baltimore's bad boys (I include Snoop in that category) couldn't take Omar out. It took an unguarded moment and...

By Teresa Wiltz | February 25, 2008; 07:23 AM ET | Comments (29)

'The Wire': A Valentine to the Best Show Going

With apologies to Aretha Franklin: Who's zooming whom? McNulty, using a voice-cloaking device, calls Scott, pretending to be the serial killer, complete with a thick B'more accent. ("Biting's not sexual; biting's biting," he says.) Scott nearly loses it in the newsroom, because, as we all know, he's been only pretending...

By Teresa Wiltz | February 19, 2008; 07:09 AM ET | Comments (5)

'The Wire': Running Like the Dickens

Run, Omar, run. Or is it: Run, Marlo (or Chris or Snoop), run? Hard to tell who's stalking whom. Or how Omar survived his superhero leap from the balcony last week. As Marlo put it, "That's some Spiderman [expletive] there. We missed our shot. Now he's gonna be at us."...

By Teresa Wiltz | February 11, 2008; 11:29 AM ET | Comments (26)

'The Wire': Supersizing the Lies

So right about now, the full significance of Bunk opening the season with his proclamation, "The bigger the lie, the more they believe" is starting to become apparent. Lies beget more lies beget . . . some serious complications. The bigger the lie, the more the Mayor believes there's some...

By Teresa Wiltz | February 4, 2008; 09:07 AM ET | Comments (1)

'The Wire': The Transfer of Glower

This episode is called "Transitions." I call it "Confusion." Which is to say, this was an episode long on exposition/setup and short on illumination -- with one helluva humdinger at the end. So many characters, so many plot lines. Marlo and the Greeks and the suitcase stuffed with all that...

By Teresa Wiltz | January 28, 2008; 08:53 AM ET | Comments (5)

'The Wire': All Around Charm City, Cue the Blues

So now I'm depressed. No, it's not because of David Simon's too-close-to-reality depiction of the final days of the print newspaper biz. (Although it didn't help my mood, watching the show's journalists grousing about shrinking news holes, dwindling circulation, shuttered international bureaus and that "voluntary separation plan" -- including scenes...

By Teresa Wiltz | January 20, 2008; 11:20 PM ET | Comments (3)

'The Wire' Gets Rolling

Well, alrighty then. For those of you who thought last week was on the slow side, let's just say that things got rolling with episode #2. Snoop got her wish and got to go on a bit of a killing spree -- twice. (And is it just me, but is...

By Teresa Wiltz | January 14, 2008; 02:08 PM ET | Comments (0)

'The Wire': No Money, Mo' Problems

Things are tight all around in B'more: Budget cuts abound. No overtime at the cop-shop, where folks are pulling double shifts and getting paid for one. Forget about that raise Carcetti promised -- they can't even afford to repair the squad cars. And that case from last season -- the...

By Teresa Wiltz | January 7, 2008; 11:12 AM ET | Comments (0)

 

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