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As with every season of The Wire, theres an underlying theme running alongside the exploration of both sides of Baltimores drug problem, and this time its the media. Fighting cutbacks, yet trying to maintain quality, the staff of The Baltimore Sun prove to be a compelling addition to the mix. On top of that, theres also Mayor Carcettis battles at City Hall with the budget, a stretched police force looking for easy statistics, and fractions among the citys main drug dealers. Desperate times, ultimately, call for desperate measures, and it turns to McNulty to come up with a plan that threads through each of the citys factions.
That The Wire has maintained its standards for five straight seasons is surely something to be celebrated all by itself. Yet whats even more remarkable is the way that it leaves our screens, seemingly forever. No character is safe and nothing is black and white, right up to the quite wonderful final episode. And what a way to go that last instalment proves to be. Giving nothing away, its a superb fanfare to a genuinely stunning--and unequalled--piece of television drama. If youve not already, you really should find out what all the fuss about. --Simon Brew
Ever better and better. The Wire - only Breaking Bad can top it.Published 2 months ago by Catherine
A brilliant series, this, and I am truly sad to have reached the end of it. Great acting, convincing story lines, excellent production values, great characters. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Richard V Raiment
We could not play this as it was a US copy and it would not be play.Published 3 months ago by Pauline Malaszek