The Wire

Season 5 Episode 1

More with Less

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Jan 06, 2008 on HBO

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  • The dreaded countdown to the final ep of this incredible series has begun...but what a way to go out! The Wire, true to form, kicks off the season with a doozy of an installment, mixing the familiar and exciting new elements together in a heady stew.

    Disillusionment is the order of the day:

    The luster has faded from the dream reign of Carcetti as Mayor. As he deals with the reality of the city's budget deficit, Carcetti burns important bridges with the power elite- and with Norman. His failure to deliver on the promised pay raise to the police has made him unpopular with them, and he loses the faith of Daniels when he folds to pressure from Burrell and Rawls and guts the Major Crimes Unit investigation into the bodies found in the row-house vacants. Dukie, now no longer going to school, has settled into a life on the corner- at least until Micheal, now a rising enforcer in Marlo's crew, deems him unsuitable for the drug trade and assigns him to babysit for Bug.

    The cops are drowning in overtime hours, but no actual OT pay is in sight, causing unrest and division within the ranks. Newly-promoted Sgt. Carver tries to deal with the low morale. McNulty, disappointed that he moved back to the Unit believing in the promise of a new day at City Hall, has returned to drinking and womanizing.

    Herc, fired from the Department, has taken a job as a P.I. for sleazebag attorney Maurice Levy.

    Marlo has tightened his grip on the drug trade and is emboldened to stir dissension in the ranks of the co-op. As it has done so adeptly in past seasons, The Wire takes an in-depth look at a new milieau: the pressure-laden newsroom at the Baltimore Sun. The writers ingeniously place this new cast of characters right in the thick of the plot, as the reporters run afoul of the City Council President for running a story that places her in a bad light- and investigates the shady sources of some of her campaign contributions.

    And, finally, we get an update on Bubbles, who is clean, living once again in his sister's basement, and selling newspapers. Now it's my turn to be disillusioned- the guy's real name is Reginald? REGINALD?
  • Who expected a change?

    A really depressing episode of The Wire starts the fifth and final season of this groundbreaking programme. SPOILER beginning:
    On a personal level McNulty seems to be the same bad ass as before. He is drinking again, cheating on his girlfriend and insults who he wants to.
    On the bigger scale you can see Baltimore's money problems and how Carcetti and his crew don't seem to be able to cope with it. As a result the people trying to solve the Marlo Stanfield murders are ordered back to their old jobs.
    On the other side there's the new storyline about one of the Baltimore newspapers which promises to further develop the storyline on politics established in the last season.
    SPOILER end.
    All in all a silent but great start for the fifth season.
  • Charm City's Finest is a shambles and the Baltimore Sun looks on.

    One reason this is one of my favorite show's is that it shows life as a detective how it really is. No B.S. The mundane with the sensational. "The Wire" is also a visual treatise on what ails our cities today. This episode picks up where last season drops off. 22 bodies have been found dead, who did it...Carcetti is now mayor...Davis will be indicted...and the city's finances are in the toilet. Corruption is still running rampant. I was a teenager when the NY Daily News ran the headline Ford to City "Drop Dead". Some of this fiscal crisis for me is NY revisited but I digress. We are also introduced to our new characters and a new theme, "The Baltimore Sun". Or more specifically the state of journalism today and how it's at the mercy of the corporation.

    McNulty and Company are watching the dealers and they know they're being watched. As this episode progresses we see how morale in the PD is low due to the city's fiscal crisis. The group will be broken up, detectives moved around. Clark Johnson of "Homicide: Life on the Street" fame is intorduced as a city editor with the Baltimore Sun. His big find is that the political corruption extends to an owner of a nudie bar. That is the first pivitol moment in this season. Political corruption is deep in Baltimore. I'm sure it will continue to be this year's theme.

    This episode is typical of everything we've seen in 4 seasons. Crisp writing, subtle humor and realism that approaches documentary level. I'm sure this will continue until the last episode of the series is shown..and that will be my disappointment. That the show will end.