The Wire: Season 3, Episode 12

Mission Accomplished (19 Dec. 2004)

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Avon readies his troops for a seemingly endless war against Marlo. The detail works towards the top rungs of the Barksdale organization with the information garnered from the wire. While ... See full summary »


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Avon readies his troops for a seemingly endless war against Marlo. The detail works towards the top rungs of the Barksdale organization with the information garnered from the wire. While Royce continues to grapple with Amsterdam, Burrell offers a deal to minimize the fallout. Carcetti's political plans become obvious to his friend and fellow councilman Tony Gray. Bubbles offers his view of the world. McNulty changes tack. Written by Anonymous

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According to David Simon, the title is a reference to President George W. Bush's speech in which he declared the end of major combat in Iraq in May 2003. The war in Iraq continued until December 2011. Also, Slim Charles's statement "If it's a lie, then we fight on that lie." is a reference to the Bush administration alleging that Iraq was stockpiling weapons of mass destruction but no such weapons were ever found there. See more »


Det. Vernon Holley: So you never got a look at either of the gunmen?
Andy Krawczyk: [Krawcyzk is still scared from the shooting] I told you. I saw only the one of them. He was black. Big, I thought. With a large weapon.
Det. William 'Bunk' Moreland: B.N.B.G.
Det. Vernon Holley: [as Krawcyzk looks puzzled] Big Negro, Big Gun.
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Season 3 finished.
22 August 2014 | by (Earth) – See all my reviews

The finale of The Wire's third Season wasn't overly dramatic, - particularly when compared against the intense Season 1 and 2 endings,

  • but it was definitely solid and well-done, something The Wire always


The season was great overall. I would say that the most interesting aspect of it was the political scene, with Aidan Gillen as the capable but conflicted City Council member Tommy Carcetti and Brandy Burre as the hard-nosed campaign consultant Terry D'Agostino, as well as old favorite Commissioner Burrell (Frankie Faison - turns out he's also Barney from Silence of the Lambs, ha ha... that guy who's so affable that he gets along even with Hannibal Lecter). Season 1's stars were the gangsters and hoppers, Season 2's - dock workers and the covert European drug-and-prostitution mafiosi... here, it's the aforementioned people, plus the iconoclastic Major Bunny Colvin who, in a storyline that deserves to be closely considered and analyzed, as it's deeper than one might realize at first glance, experiments with legalizing drug trade in certain areas of the city. Bunny is incredibly well-written, and powerfully portrayed by the actor Robert Wisdom.

One of the best villainous figures in fiction ever, Marlo Stanfield (Jamie Hector), makes his on-screen debut in this Season. He appears sparingly but effectively, exactly as per his character's approach to life, specifically - to taking over the Baltimore drug scene. Marlo is a great player, but he is almost certainly not the mastermind that I believed him to be after first watching The Wire a few years ago. He gets hugely lucky several times, being particularly aided by the internal dissent in the Barksdale organization. Marlo is rather headstrong and reckless, although his character disguises it well. If not for the continuous and unlikely strokes of luck that fall on him in Season 3, Marlo would have never made it to Season 4. However, Jamie Hector's portrayal of him as the outwardly perfectly controlled, poker-faced, cold, cruel, and calculating figure is as hypnotizing as ever.

Stringer Bell continues his stabs at planting a financial foot in the business world of Baltimore, steps to become truly accepted and respected in that world, and misguided attempts to bring market principles into the world of crime, and it's fascinating to watch. His frequent failures in these endeavors provide food for thought, are often comedic, and even make me feel sorry for ol' String sometimes. He is rare scum, though, and it's a tribute to The Wire's makers' skill that they manage to get you to strongly empathize with such a malevolent character.

Stringer and Avon's interactions are also some of the best segments of the Season. Wood Harris, who plays Avon, remains one of my favorite actors in the series.

If I have any gripes with Season 3, it's Brother Mouzone's character and storyline. He is a cheesy character, and therefore stands out among The Wire's lineup, which otherwise remains unmatched in its realism. What's worse, Mouzone's storyline is tightly tied to that of Omar, so in effect Brother Mouzone kind of tarnishes one of the very best characters by association. This issue is relatively minor, but I would've unequivocally preferred not to have Brother Mouzone in the show at all.

The favorites from the previous Seasons - McNulty, Bunk, Rawles, Kima, Bodie, Avon, Herc and Carver, and many, any others - are as fantastically written and acted characters as ever.

To finish this review, I want to mention an interesting quote by Bunny Colvin. When talking to the self-proclaimed community-sympathizer Carcetti (who is white), Bunny (who is black) favorably mentions an outspoken old white racist he knew decades before. When Carcetti expresses incredulity at Bunny mentioning the racist in a positive light, Bunny retorts: "I had a lot of respect for that man, because unlike most people, I always knew where he stood." That quote, while being an implied reflection on Carcetti in that specific context, overall relates to what I would say is the main theme of Season 3. Namely - that the lies so far outnumber the truths in this world. And that some people are so depressed by it that they would prefer a definite enemy to an uncertain "friend".

What would the world look like if people were honest?

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