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The Wire: Season 3
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The heat is on in Baltimore. The drug war is being lost, bodies are piling up, and a desperate mayor wants the tide turned before the election. But the police department hasn't got any answers. With the demolition of the Franklin Terrace towers, Stringer Bell and the Barksdale crew have been forced to improvise. But no matter how hard McNulty and the detail try, the dealers always seem to be one step ahead of the game.]]>
Of course, this is just the tip of a very large iceberg, as The Wire continues its labyrinthine yet tightly controlled chronicle of over 50 characters, major and minor, who are all flawlessly woven into the fabric of these 12 remarkable episodes. For season 3, series creator David Simon continued to recruit a top-drawer lineup of reputable writers (including novelists Richard Price, Dennis Lehane, and George Pelecanos) and directors (including Ernest Dickerson, Tim Van Patten, and Agnieszka Holland), and by the time a major character is killed in the season's penultimate episode (arguably the series' finest yet), it's clear that The Wire has earned its crown as the most ambitious and intelligent crime drama in the history of American television. DVD extras are excellent, as usual, including five illuminating episode commentaries (an absolute must for devoted fans of the series), a Q&A session with cast & crew moderated by renowned TV critic and author Ken Tucker, and a classroom conversation with Simon that delves deeper into the creative process of the series. Having deservedly earned its renewal for a fourth season (out of a projected five, according to Simon), The Wire delivers surprises aplenty (keep a close watch for startling revelations) while proving, yet again, that cable-TV is the place to be for anyone seeking respite from the relative mediocrity of mainstream network programming. --Jeff Shannon
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Unlike most crime/cop shows that have a beginning, middle and end in the one episode, the story here is spread over the entire series. We're seeing stuff that kicked off in Season 1 still developing in Season 3. Some viewers find this challenging - this certainly isn't a show you can watch while cooking dinner or chatting to your buddies on the phone. It's sad that ratings have dropped though because if you give the show the undivided attention it deserves and focus on the story, complex as it is, the rewards are truly immense.
After the drama on the docks that was the main focus of Season 2, Season 3 takes it back to the streets where we most like it. The Baltimore drug wars rage on, with Avon Barksdale, played by Wood Harris, out of jail to find his territory of corners under threat from young & ruthless upstart, Marlo, played utterly convincingly by Jamie Hector. Stringer Bell has held things down while Avon's been away but his methods have been questionable, to put things mildly. Stringer gets his comeuppance this season though and as much as I hated the character - and admired Idris Elba for playing it so well - I honestly didn't see his comeuppance coming in the way it eventually did. Scorching scriptwriting!
The police are desperately trying to keep up. Major "Bunny" Colvin, played by Robert Wisdom, comes up with the 'brilliant' idea of creating a 'safe zone' for drug sale and use in the city and this area gets dubbed Amsterdam.Read more ›
Season Three picks up where Season 2 left off with Daniel's new team investigating the dope in Baltimore. Like the two previous seasons having a theme (1-streets & police, and 2-dock workers and smuggling) this season involves the politics.
Season 2 is still my favorite, but all three seasons are amazing. The third continues the standards of the previous two seasons with excellent writing, acting, and pacing. Robert Wisdom who potrays Major Colvin and Aidan Gillen who plays Councilman Thomas 'Tommy' J. Carcetti are excellent new additions who hold their own to an exellent ensemble.
Thank you HBO for making a 4th Season, despite lower ratings. The critics are right, this is the best drama on TV.
Of course, it's not all politics, as pretty much every character viewers know and love from season one is still in play, and there's plenty of violent action and intricate electronic investigating to be found.Read more ›
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I liked it in spite of the really, really awful use of profanity. Also, for the first time (I think) they had almost XXX rated scenes. I was surprised at that. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Jimmy
I absolutely love watching the Wire. It reminds me of the time when I was an active police officer while working in an undercover capacity.Published 3 days ago by Rob
Plot line is a little more all over the place in comparison to the previous seasons.Published 3 days ago by Amazon Customer
If you enjoy cop shows you will like this series. The wire is about half behind the scenes with the Baltimore city politics/police department and half behind the scenes of the... Read morePublished 3 days ago by Roger Wentzel
This show had me at hello. The writing and acting are so authentic and gut-wrenching that you feel less like you're watching a show and more like you've pulled up a patio chair and... Read morePublished 3 days ago by melibra68
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|WHEN IS SEASON FOUR GOING TO BE AVAILABLE?!||
Not until 2008 apparently - from postgazette.com, April 20 2007:
Q: Any idea on when HBO will be airing the final season of "The Wire"? Or when they'll be releasing season four on DVD? I think it's the best show on TV, and the anticipation is killing me.
-- Pam, North Versailles
Rob:... Read More
Apr 30, 2007 by PkM | See all 4 posts
I'm pretty sure most HBO DVDs are this price when they're first released, or at least close to it.
Sep 2, 2006 by R.J. Dorado | See all 4 posts
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