The Wire: Complete HBO Season 2 [DVD] 
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From David Simon, creator and co-writer of HBO's triple Emmy-winning mini-series 'The Corner', this unvarnished, highly realistic HBO series follows a single sprawling drug and murder investigation in Baltimore. Told from the point of view of both the police and their targets, the series captures a universe of subterfuge and surveillance, where easy distinctions between good and evil, and crime and punishment, are challenged at every turn. In this season, McNulty (Dominic West) has been demoted to harbour patrol, Daniels (Lance Reddick) is in the police archive dungeon, Prez (Jim True-Frost) is chafing in the suburbs and Greggs (Sonja Sohn) is stuck behind a desk. Meanwhile, on the docks of the Baltimore harbour, the rank and file scrounge for work and the union bosses take illegitimate measures to reinvigorate business, but a horrific discovery is about to blow the whole port inside out. While the detail is on ice, a new case begins. Episodes comprise: 'Ebb Tide', 'Collateral Damage', 'Hot Shots', 'Hard Cases', 'Undertow', 'All Prologue', 'Backwash', 'Duck and Cover', 'Stray Rounds', 'Storm Warnings', 'Bad Dreams' and 'Port in a Storm'.
Picking up after the dramatic events of its maiden season, the second series of The Wire achieves something really rather special: it even manages to outclass the first.
For those fresh to the show, surely the best, most intelligent piece of scripted drama to emerge from America in the last decade, the actual premise is fairly simple. Across the thirteen episodes of its season, it charts one case, and the numerous influences upon it. So it devotes roughly equal time to those committing the crimes as it does to those chasing them.
This time, the Baltimore Police Department have twin worries. Theres the continuing, festering narrative of events from the season before, along with a new problem when a container of dead bodies turns up at the nearby docks. After initial battles over whose statistics the bodies will be attributed to, a fresh case begins for the embattled officers of the Major Crimes Unit.
Yet season two is about much more than the case itself. Bubbling under the surface are characters with real problems, that take their toll on the day-to-day, while at the docks themselves there are union struggles underway, which also have a part to play. Thanks to, frankly, superb scripting, these various narrative threads are woven together quite brilliantly, and the result is perhaps the finest series of The Wire to date. And thats no small feat.
If youre one of the many who have let The Wire fly under their radar thus far, then youre urged to rectify that. Clearly season one is the logical starting point, but begin your adventure in the knowledge that this second series is simple exceptional. For the rest of the US television industry, this is the standard to aim for. --Simon BrewSee all Product Description
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I had to get it off amazon.com months ago and have to say it is the most powerfull engaging television that I have watched. It carries on with the same characters as last time, the opposing forces of Mcnulty and Barksdale, cops and dealers, and adds a whole new layer of characters as we have a look at the baltimore docks and the stevedores, working class americans making horrible decisions to fight for the survival of their trade. It rises above cliches of cops and bad guys effortlessly and looks at human bengs struggling with what America and its intstitutions can offer them and how to survive the grim situation of poverty and desperation. It can be heartbreaking and at times blackly comic and left me in awe at such a fantastic achievment.
The second series follows on from the first with Stringer Bell struggling to keep his drug business afloat now that his boss Avon and his muscle, Wee Bay are in Prison. Daniels reassembles his team to investigate crime on the Baltimore Docks. This brings them into contact with a mysterious figure called 'The Greek' and fourteen dead Eastern European prostitutes who suffocate in a ship's storage container.
As with the first series there are no cardboard figures. This is especially true of the Baltimore Dock Workers Union leader, Frank Sabodka. Sabodka may be involved with the Greek in smuggling and theft from the docks but he does not use the money he makes for himself. His aim is to use the money to buy political influence and keep the docks open and his members in work.
All the main charactors from the first series are back including Kima, Lester, D'Angelo, Prez, McNulty and Bunk as well as the not to be forgotten Omar.
THe second series also goes into more detail about the infighting in the Baltimore Police Department. It is also a story about the decline of tradional American heavy industries such as the docks and the efect on working class Americans.
To miss The Wire is to miss the best show on TV.
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Not a mark on the discs. Box slightly damaged, but as bought second hand and the description did make me aware of this it was not a problemPublished 4 months ago by melanie coulter
The Wire is great, season 2 ends without wrapping much up but makes me look forward to season 3Published 7 months ago by Sarah Willmoth
Still my favourite show even after watching more times than I can count.Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer