Wow. When I saw David Simon’s statements that all stories will be resolved, I didn’t realize how serious he was.
The Season 5 premiere of The Wire dug deep into the history of the show, and even though this is going to be a shorter season, this one’s going to be the bomb.
Ellis Carver is the SIC of the Western District, and it may be too much for him to handle. The school district’s budget problems are so bad it’s destroyed police morale. Budget cuts have eliminated overtime pay, court pay, vehicle repairs, and anything else that costs money.
The school district’s budget problems are so bad it’s destroyed police morale. Budget cuts have eliminated overtime pay, court pay, vehicle repairs, and anything else that costs money.
Our beloved Major Crimes Unit started by working for free on the tail of Marlo, and by the end of the episode had been disbanded as another cost cutting measure. Kima and McNulty got bounced back to Homicide, prompting Sgt. Landsman to see Jimmy and make a prodigal son comment. Sydnor and Freamon were sent to the DA’s office to assist in the grand jury proceedings against Clay “Sheeeeeit” Davis. And Herc, banished from the department as a result of Bubbles’ payback and a lost video camera, is working for Levy, the slimy attorney for the Barksdale clan.
We only saw two of the child stars from last season. Michael is still working for Marlo, and Dukie is still with him, now apparently relegated to being Bug’s ‘manny.’
The Baltimore Sun cast was also introduced, but since I’m not entirely sure of who is who yet, I won’t go into much detail. Budget cuts are hurting there, too. And some of the higher ups don’t seem that interested in being good journalists.
I was somewhat surprised to see Amy Ryan return in her role as Beadie, otherwise known as McNulty’s new woman. Glad to see her, though. I was afraid that she’d be too busy with her movie career after all the good press she got after Gone Baby Gone. Sadly, it looks like she’s going to be going down the same path as the first Mrs. McNulty.