Incredible episode. The talented creative team behind The Wire continues to outdo itself, revisiting old characters even while establishing new ones, advancing the season's narrative while insinuating plot threads from previous seasons...amazing stuff!
People have repeatedly called this series Dickensian. I can see that, but it really strikes me as Shakespearean: the class struggles shown from all strata...the heroes, villains and murkier anti-heroes, the personal tragedies and self-destructive decisions, the power plays, betrayals and deceptions...and the overriding themes of moral decay and corruption that pervade the entire proceedings. McNulty's continued downward spiral is riveting in a train-wreck kind of way, and Lester's sudden complicity in mcNulty's hairbrained scheme is the kind of curveball this series throws so well at the viewer. Clay Davis is going down, and so is Burrell. The Sun is on the financial ropes, and is gutting its newsroom staff to deal with the budget crisis. Marlo continues to make his moves against any and all who oppose his world domination, forging an important alliance with the Greeks- and making what is certain to be a fatal move against Omar, brutally murdering Butchie to get his attention. Didn't someone wise say something once about letting sleeping dogs lie....
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