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Back up on the wire...,
This review is from: The Wire: Complete HBO Season 3 [DVD]  (DVD)
America's best cop show returns with a scorching third season and a lot has happened since the last wire tap.
West Baltimore is still rife with drugs and crime. The notorious towers may have been demolished but Avon Barksdale's crew are still going to deal, they just need to take some of the nearby street corners back from rival gangs. Meanwhile, Detective McNulty is looking into the possibility that D'Angelo Barksdale didn't commit suicide in prison but that he was murdered because he was on the verge of talking to the police to cut his twenty year sentence. Stringer Bell, who gave the order to kill D'Angelo has been running the organization whilst Avon is locked up. Stringer has been making lots of legitimate money in real estate and is moving away from the gangster lifestyle. Downtown, pressure from the mayor to cut crime filters down through the ranks and a desperate major takes the drastic step of authorising drug dealing in designated areas only to move the gang bangers from residential neighbourhoods. Omar continues to rip off Barksdale stash houses until one robbery goes bad. The wire tap detail have their work cut out when they realise the gangsters have begun using disposable mobile phones, ditching them once a week. On top of all this, Avon is up for parole and could be coming home....
Season 3 is mesmerising. After the opening episode I was hooked. A lot happens in these 12 episodes including two regular characters (one major one) getting killed. The Wire is up there with The Shield as far as great cop shows go but I would say the Wire is more rewarding overall. It is so well written and involving, a lot of time obviously goes into making each episode as realistic as possible. It can be a bit difficult to follow at times, especially the technical aspects of the police investigation and also trying to follow the slang the gangsters use. That said, there is still enough action and drama to keep you hooked.
Like This? Try: The Wire: Seasons 1 & 2