Just completed watching this again.
The first time I watched it on DVD about 6 years ago, season 2 rung out as my favorite. The way the show moved from the streets to the ports was jarring and jarringly brilliant.
Now, I think season 4 is the greatest season of television I’ve ever seen.
Season five is absolutely the weakest of the series and this was confirmed by the fact that I remembered almost nothing about it.
The focus switch to the newspaper was very well executed and overall it did a good job of wrapping everything up. I didn’t remember all the main characters turning out so well at the end but was pleased by it.
Every time a character died it was an event and it was almost always shocking- not necessarily that they died- but that they were people I had come to care about whether they were ‘good’ or ‘bad.’ EVERY character was SO well rounded and this, I think, is what the Wire has done better than any show ever written: it has made ever character human and flawed, but not unredeemable.
Upon rewatching, the death that haunted me most was that of
What really surprised me is that I found myself not liking Omar as much as I did the first time through.
Because I do these things, here’s how I rate the seasons:
Before it would have been 2,3,4,1,5.
Grateful for the experience.