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The Wire: Season 2 (Disc 1 of 5) back to product details

Not up to Season 1 levels, but still great.
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written by underdog October 4, 2005 - 5:06 PM PDT
5 out of 5 members found this review helpful
If Season 1 is a "10" in my book of television excellence, then The Wire's sophomore effort is only a very slight comedown. With a wider scope, perhaps at first a little unwieldy, the series shifted focus here to where the drugs come in, centering on the corrupt Baltimore docks and the Union-proud dockworkers. Season 2 for me took a few episodes to really capture my attention on the same level as the first season, but by episode #4 - when all the original police characters, who had been dispatched to various hells, come together to work on the new case - it really picks up. As it goes on, it clicks on all cylinders, fascinating throughout.

Of the new characters, Amy Ryan's Beadie, the female port officer character, is the most welcome, with the incredibly dense "Ziggy," son of the union boss, probably the least welcome. In fact, I wasn't quite as interested in the dockworkers subplot, which does tie into the main thread here and empathetically shows the challenges of these union men to stay away from the temptations of corruption. But the show remains at a very high level when depicting the complexities of urban corruption and drug trafficking - not to mention human trafficking, prostitution, drug abuse, as well as divorce (McNulty's separation from his wife continues to be beautifully depicted).

Again, stick with it because by the fourth episode things really dovetail nicely. The writing continues to be whip-smart and by the end (and several times before) you'll find yourself extremely moved and looking forward to seasons 3 and 4.

By the way, episode 5 also offers up some amusing commentary from Michael Williams (so memorable as Omar, and that episode is his best) and Dominic West (who had no idea was British until I heard his real voice there).

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(Average 8.52)
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