I realize the Intelligent black criminals comment could be taken a variety of waysbut I meant it was refreshing no to have the black criminals just there as clowns for the white criminals to fuck over as they are in Sopranos.
I don't agree completely about the characters though some are a little predicatable. The only thing I found disappointing was the second season was kind of boring and took too long to come to a head.
Great show.. Season 1 was excellent, season 3 was near-shakespearean and truly a pleasure to watch. Almost no flaws, though my roommate got quite upset when it ceased to be the Stringer Bell show. I'm glad HBO has ordered a 4th season (though don't expect to see that until 2006).
A little nugget: Apparently some NYC detectives were tracking a sophisticated drug network in the city, and every Monday the wiretaps would record the dealers talking about what they saw on The Wire the previous night. The cops that was pretty funny, since they watched the show too.
Apparently season 4 is going to go i a new direction so I think it will be like season 2 in that it won't focus on the Barksdale people as much. It is going to focus on the educational aspect of crime, as in high school, according to the HBO website.
I'm up to ep. 10 I think of this season. not as action packed as the others but like Season Two was, I think this is a transitional season. they have Marlo as the new Barksdale and will focus more on him (obviously) in Season Five (which I hope is ordered by HBO).
this season isn't amazing but it's damn good viewing and better than anything on t.v. now imo.
This show is amazing! Ya I agree season 2 was a little slow, but still pretty good. This season has been great. I recommend this show to all of my friends.
Way more people should be watching this show, but it is hard, you must start from the beginning.
Interesting side note: The show is a favorite for head editor of the NYtimes and also Stephen King.