Sunday, June 01, 2008

The Wire

I have recently gotten into that former HBO series that recently ended its run this past March. The last time I ever viewed an episode of the series had to been almost five years ago. Most of the first season and some of the second.

At first the program was basically a look at the police investigating a drug dealing organization. The recent episodes airing currently on BET on Tuesday and Saturday nights involving looking at the police, criminals, schools, and politics. An interesting mix for a program that I always thought of as a cop show.

This program only lets me know that cop shows need not be glamorous. Not that they always were it's just that none have been as gritty as this program set in Baltimore, Maryland. The last few episode that I saw this past week, viewers saw detectives come to the realization that abandoned buildings in Baltimore were tombs to countless bodies laid out by a drug-dealing organization, the Stanfield Organization.

Also we see various young men in the educational system. Some drop out of school and become criminals and some are able to escape and may prove to have a future. One outright becomes a contract killer, another becomes a drug addict. There's this little boy, I can't imagine him being older that 10 years old out there in the streets already using a foul mouth and perhaps even dealing. Also the subject of a severe beating by the future contract killer.

I should also add, there was another kid. Apparently he's a snitch and snitching is bad to some people, he gets beaten by some other boys in his group home where he was placed. Unfortunately he's only there because the state had put rules into place where he's forced to live in a group home while they figure out where else they can place him. This is after his foster mother was killed when some thugs firebombed their home even though the home was under police surveillance.

This show is raw, and my only regret was this I didn't see this show develop properly. Oh now I remember what the second season involved, an investigation of a union working some docks in a harbor. So in that season there were three angles the police, criminals, and organized labor.

I think BET finally finished off season 4 perhaps I can finally watch the final season. The new twist in that season in the press. Let's see how that plays out!

The Wire from Wikipedia

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