All the Pieces Matter: Ranking the Seasons of 'The Wire' - PopMatters
The ending of Paul Schrader's remarkable new film is a puzzle worthy of experiencing what seems to be his first real human relationship, besides a along with a penitential wrap of barbed wire under his cassock, with the. The Wire is an American crime drama television series created and primarily written by author and former police reporter David Simon. The series was broadcast by the cable network HBO in the United States. The Wire premiered on June 2, , and ended on March 9, , . The closing theme is "The Fall," composed by Blake Leyh, who is also the. HBO announced on September 12 that it commissioned a fifth and final The increased scope of the season to include the media will allow this theme to be . Stanfield sells the connection to The Greeks back to the Co-Op and plans to.
Just this year, after a long, bracketed competition, the show was declared yet again the best TV drama ever made, ousting its narrative-forming progenitor The Sopranos for the spot. Anyone who knows anything about TV in the last decade knows the program's high status. Even if it isn't the best TV show ever, and I'd like to think it is, it's at least one of the greatest TV shows ever. But the purpose of this piece is not to sing The Wire's praises, but instead to do something fans worldwide have taken up innumerable blog and forum posts to do: Now, there is one qualification necessary before putting this list out there: Not only that, it might not even be worthwhile.
As one commenter wisely pointed out, ranking the seasons is like "comparing chapters in a book". The Wire's novelistic structure has been one of its biggest drawing points; it's a program that demands much from its viewers, and as evidenced by the abrupt deaths of many central characters, Omar especially, often doesn't give back what is expected.
That death, amongst many others D'Angelo Barksdale's remains the most shocking loss to mewere all part of the show's gritty, unforgiving realism, which played a huge role in the interweaved narrative. There are clear chapters, sure, but things don't always end up neatly wrapped and tied with a shiny bow for the viewer's pleasure.
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People come, people go, stories rise to prominence and then eddy away as the worn-to-the-seams Baltimore bureaucracy fails to address them. The Wire is best taken as a whole, no doubt. But given each season's specific narrative arc, different stories are bound to appeal to different people. In the end, as many have rightly noted, this is a program not just about Baltimore but about the American city as a whole. The various institutions examined will apply to those who have worked in said institution better than others.
I know and have met a few Clay Davises in my lifetime, and it's possible there have been a few people who dare to be as cruel as Marlo Stanfield.
All the Pieces Matter: Ranking the Seasons of 'The Wire'
The depth of season 4's analysis of public schooling will likely draw in teachers frustrated with the utter failing of the federalist system of education in the United States. Union workers disillusioned by the state of organized labor will find much to relate to in the Sobatkas, the stevedores of season 2. As a result we all have our favorites and least favorites, and the list you see below is how I experienced the show, not a normative summary of all The Wire is and ever could be.
Upon scanning the internet to see how my opinion ranked against other viewers, I found there was a definite consensus favorite and least favorite. On the whole I find my opinion cuts somewhat against the grain. One final note before I begin my list: They're all brilliant, as they contribute to one of television's most magnificent feats.
I'm fairly set on my picks for first and last place, though the picks in between will likely alternate on repeated viewings. Season 5 This is without a doubt the general pick for least favorite, and with good reason: It did, however, bring us a memorable turn in Clark Johnson's role as Gus Haynes, an editor at The Sun, who ended up being one of the show's entirely upstanding characters.
At the end of the sequence, a quotation is shown on-screen that is spoken by a character during the episode. The three exceptions were the first season finale which uses the phrase "All in the game", attributed to "Traditional West Baltimore", a phrase used frequently throughout all five seasons including that episode; the fourth season finale which uses the words "If animal trapped call " written on boarded up vacant homes attributed to "Baltimore, traditional" and the series finalewhich started with a quote from H.
Mencken that is shown on a wall at The Baltimore Sun in one scene, neither quote being spoken by a character. Progressive story arcs often unfold in different locations at the same time.
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Episodes rarely end with a cliffhangerand close with a fade or cut to black with the closing music fading in. When broadcast on HBO and on some international networks, the episodes are preceded by a recap of events that have a bearing upon the upcoming narrativeusing clips from previous episodes.
Music[ edit ] Rather than overlaying songs on the soundtrack, or employing a score, The Wire primarily uses pieces of music that emanate from a source within the scene, such as a jukebox or car radio. This kind of music is known as diegetic or source cue. This practice is rarely breached, notably for the end-of-season montages and occasionally with a brief overlap of the closing theme and the final shot. The season four version of "Way Down in the Hole" was arranged and recorded for the show and is performed by five Baltimore teenagers: During season finales, a song is played before the closing scene in a montage showing the lives of the protagonists in the aftermath of the narrative.
John and performed by Paul Weller and the fifth uses an extended version of "Way Down In The Hole" by the Blind Boys of Alabama, the same version of the song used as the opening theme for the first season. While the songs reflect the mood of the sequence, their lyrics are usually only loosely tied to the visual shots. In the commentary track to episode 37, " Mission Accomplished ", executive producer David Simon said: But had The Wire been given a sixth season, Simon thought the exploding Latino population in Southeast Baltimore would have been the subject.
By the time The Wire had enough critical clout and rabid fandom to legitimately justify another season, David Simon was hard at work on another project, the post-Katrina New Orleans drama Treme, which kicked off in According to Westa Brit, he landed the role by doing his best Robert De Niro impression, but was reluctant to take the job since it meant signing a five-year contract to live in Baltimore.
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It might be hard to believe, but on a cop-and-criminals show that ended up totaling 60 hours over five seasons, only a single police officer fired his weapon: Roland Pryzbylewski, better known as Prez. Probably one of the main reasons why The Wire rarely struck an inauthentic note was that producers David Simon and Ed Burns didn't have to fake their knowledge of the worlds they were exploring. Before breaking out with his book-turned-TV-show Homicide: A Year on the Killing StreetsSimon was a longtime crime reporter at The Baltimore Sun, which gave him an intimate knowledge of not only crime and institutional dysfunction in America's inner-cities, but also the troubles facing the newspaper industry.
Burns, on the other hand, served as both a police detective and public school teacher in Baltimore before working on The Wire.The Wire ending credits
After surrendering himself to detective-turned-producer Ed Burns for taking on a contract killing to support a heroin addiction, Andrews served time in prison and eventually became an anti-gang mentor to younger prisoners.
After working with him to research their book The Corner, Simon and Burns eventually lobbied for his release from a life sentence, which he was granted in following 22 years served.
Andrews continued his activism until his deathfrom a heart condition, in Although there are many similarities between the two, Andrews, unlike Omar, was not gay.