The Wire: Season 1, Episode 2

The Detail (9 Jun. 2002)

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Lt. Daniels puts his team together but the extra help he's asked includes several less than stellar officers. It also includes McNulty, who is obviously in the doghouse. When one of the ... See full summary »



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D'Angelo Barksdale (as Larry Gilliard Jr.)


Lt. Daniels puts his team together but the extra help he's asked includes several less than stellar officers. It also includes McNulty, who is obviously in the doghouse. When one of the witnesses against D'Angelo Barksdale is found dead, McNulty and his homicide partner 'Bunk' Moreland bring him in for questioning. They have no evidence that he had anything to do with the killing but their instincts tell them otherwise. When news of the witnesses death hits the press, Major Rawls is convinced that McNulty is again responsible. Three of the newly assigned detectives, Hec, Prez and Carver decide to go to the towers and flex a little muscle only to have it turn into a major disaster. Written by garykmcd

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Just Like Law & Order -- Only Brilliant, Electrifying, and Totally Addictive!
3 June 2015 | by (Troy, NY) – See all my reviews

I only bought Season 1 of THE WIRE because my local TARGET had the DVD package on sale for $13.00. I never watched this show when it was on the air, though I often heard good things about it.

Well, the pilot episode was okay, but not that great. This episode is the one that really electrified me. In particular, the sequence where the stupid, corrupt, racist cops go down to the housing projects at 2 AM and begin randomly taunting the ghetto population, in effect "daring" them to come out and fight.

The thing that makes this scene so explosive is that it's never quite what you expect. First you figure the stupid cops will find drugs on the first two guys they search. But they don't. Then, when the really vicious white cop hits the black kid with his pistol, you think he'll get in trouble. But he doesn't. Instead the people in the building start throwing things out the windows at the cops. And little by little, the feeling of the situation changes, from cop show drama to something much more disturbing. It almost feels like live footage from Iraq or Afghanistan, where Americans, knowing nothing of the local culture, count on their guns and badges to make them feared. And the locals, instead of being intimidated, slowly turn the tables as the momentum shifts and the invaders become the victims.

You can't even watch this show without having all kinds of disturbing connections form in your mind. I won't do the usual thing, and break down all the great actors in the cast, I will just say that all of them are amazing. Except maybe Dominic West as Jimmy McNulty, the maverick cop. He's a little too James T. Kirk for me. But other than that, the cast is as amazing as the writing is explosive and realistic.

I sure wish Season 2 was on sale at TARGET, but now I'm probably going to get held up at AMAZON instead!

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