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The Wire: Season 2 (2002-2003)

Cast: Dominic West, Dominic West, Lance Reddick, more...
Director: Edward Bianchi, Edward Bianchi
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Studio: HBO Home Video
Genre: Drama, Television, TV Drama, Crime, Cops, Crime TV, Crime TV, Drama TV
Languages: English, Spanish, French
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
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Synopses
The Wire: Season 2 (Disc 1 of 5) (2002)
In time-honored American tradition, two tough bureaucracies clashed head-on in the weekly cable-TV police drama The Wire. The difference here was that the bureaucracies in question were on diametrically opposite sides of the law. Filmed in Baltimore, the series was set in motion when a local judge, disgusted with the lack of progress in the war on drugs, ordered the city's Narcotics and Homicide divisions to join forces in their efforts to solve a string of murders which might have been drug-related. The "good guys" included homicide detectives Jimmy McNulty (Dominic West) and Bunk Moreland (Wendell Pierce) and narcotics detectives Shakima Greggs (Sonja Sohn), Cedric Daniels (Lance Reddick), Ellis Carver (Seth Gilliam), and Herc Hauk (Dominick Lombardozzi). To say that these law officers did not always see eye to eye would be an understatement, but their jealous squabbles were minor compared to the ego-driven flare-ups within the bad guys' camp -- specifically the members of the Franklin Towers drug dealing operation, led by Avon Barksdale (Wood Harris) and his contentious relatives. Created by David Simon (The Corner), the 13-episode The Wire debuted June 2, 2002, on the HBO cable service. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide

The Wire: Season 2 (Disc 2 of 5) (2003)
The Baltimore "drug wars" enter a new phase (with a few diversions along the way) as The Wire launches its second season of 12 hour-long episodes. Although he was instrumental in weakening the Barksdale drug empire during the previous season, narcotics-division detective James McNulty (Dominic West) ruffled too many high-ranking feathers in the process, and has been demoted and reassigned to the Baltimore Police Harbor Unit. Swallowing his pride, McNulty is able to unearth a hotbed of corruption and duplicity within the Dockworker's Union, his investigation sparked by the recovery of a woman's body floating in the harbor -- which in turn leads to the recovery of 13 other corpses, all female. This season, the fly in the ointment vis--vis the "negotiations" between the good guys and the bad guys is Ziggy Sobotka (James Ransome), the loose-cannon son of the Union's secretary treasurer, Frank Sobotka (Chris Bauer). These new plot developments do not in any way eclipse the Baltimore PD's ongoing campaign to bring the drug-dealing Barksdale family to its knees. In fact, one of the predominant subplots involves the willingness of the Barksdales' main rival, Omar Little (Michael K. Williams), to testify in court...if he lives that long. The season's final episode is titled "Port in a Storm" -- and be assured that this port will be tragically elusive to several of the main characters. ~ All Movie Guide

The Wire: Season 2 (Disc 3 of 5) (2003)
The Baltimore "drug wars" enter a new phase (with a few diversions along the way) as The Wire launches its second season of 12 hour-long episodes. Although he was instrumental in weakening the Barksdale drug empire during the previous season, narcotics-division detective James McNulty (Dominic West) ruffled too many high-ranking feathers in the process, and has been demoted and reassigned to the Baltimore Police Harbor Unit. Swallowing his pride, McNulty is able to unearth a hotbed of corruption and duplicity within the Dockworker's Union, his investigation sparked by the recovery of a woman's body floating in the harbor -- which in turn leads to the recovery of 13 other corpses, all female. This season, the fly in the ointment vis--vis the "negotiations" between the good guys and the bad guys is Ziggy Sobotka (James Ransome), the loose-cannon son of the Union's secretary treasurer, Frank Sobotka (Chris Bauer). These new plot developments do not in any way eclipse the Baltimore PD's ongoing campaign to bring the drug-dealing Barksdale family to its knees. In fact, one of the predominant subplots involves the willingness of the Barksdales' main rival, Omar Little (Michael K. Williams), to testify in court...if he lives that long. The season's final episode is titled "Port in a Storm" -- and be assured that this port will be tragically elusive to several of the main characters. ~ All Movie Guide

The Wire: Season 2 (Disc 4 of 5) (2003)
The Baltimore "drug wars" enter a new phase (with a few diversions along the way) as The Wire launches its second season of 12 hour-long episodes. Although he was instrumental in weakening the Barksdale drug empire during the previous season, narcotics-division detective James McNulty (Dominic West) ruffled too many high-ranking feathers in the process, and has been demoted and reassigned to the Baltimore Police Harbor Unit. Swallowing his pride, McNulty is able to unearth a hotbed of corruption and duplicity within the Dockworker's Union, his investigation sparked by the recovery of a woman's body floating in the harbor -- which in turn leads to the recovery of 13 other corpses, all female. This season, the fly in the ointment vis--vis the "negotiations" between the good guys and the bad guys is Ziggy Sobotka (James Ransome), the loose-cannon son of the Union's secretary treasurer, Frank Sobotka (Chris Bauer). These new plot developments do not in any way eclipse the Baltimore PD's ongoing campaign to bring the drug-dealing Barksdale family to its knees. In fact, one of the predominant subplots involves the willingness of the Barksdales' main rival, Omar Little (Michael K. Williams), to testify in court...if he lives that long. The season's final episode is titled "Port in a Storm" -- and be assured that this port will be tragically elusive to several of the main characters. ~ All Movie Guide

The Wire: Season 2 (Disc 5 of 5) (2003)
The Baltimore "drug wars" enter a new phase (with a few diversions along the way) as The Wire launches its second season of 12 hour-long episodes. Although he was instrumental in weakening the Barksdale drug empire during the previous season, narcotics-division detective James McNulty (Dominic West) ruffled too many high-ranking feathers in the process, and has been demoted and reassigned to the Baltimore Police Harbor Unit. Swallowing his pride, McNulty is able to unearth a hotbed of corruption and duplicity within the Dockworker's Union, his investigation sparked by the recovery of a woman's body floating in the harbor -- which in turn leads to the recovery of 13 other corpses, all female. This season, the fly in the ointment vis--vis the "negotiations" between the good guys and the bad guys is Ziggy Sobotka (James Ransome), the loose-cannon son of the Union's secretary treasurer, Frank Sobotka (Chris Bauer). These new plot developments do not in any way eclipse the Baltimore PD's ongoing campaign to bring the drug-dealing Barksdale family to its knees. In fact, one of the predominant subplots involves the willingness of the Barksdales' main rival, Omar Little (Michael K. Williams), to testify in court...if he lives that long. The season's final episode is titled "Port in a Storm" -- and be assured that this port will be tragically elusive to several of the main characters. ~ All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Ratings

The Wire: Season 2 (Disc 1 of 5) (2002)
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The Wire: Season 2 (Disc 2 of 5) (2003)
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The Wire: Season 2 (Disc 3 of 5) (2003)
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Not up to Season 1 levels, but still great. by underdog October 4, 2005 - 5:06 PM PDT
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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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