The Wire: Season 4, Episode 7

Unto Others (29 Oct. 2006)

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With a bounty on him, Omar calls in a favor to Bunk. The election over, Royce and Carcetti make peace and contemplate their futures. At school, Prez tricks his students into learning math. Finally, Greggs uses 'soft eyes' at a crime scene.



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With a bounty on him, Omar calls in a favor to Bunk. The election over, Royce and Carcetti make peace and contemplate their futures. At school, Prez tricks his students into learning math. Finally, Greggs uses 'soft eyes' at a crime scene.

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Bubbles' last name (Cousins) is revealed in this episode. See more »


(at around 13 mins) When Omar is talking with Bunk, he says "I'll be seeing God long before I swear to him on the stand," but the subtitles read, "Obviously a guy's alone before I swear to them on the stand." See more »


Roland 'Prezbo' Pryzbylewski: Trick 'em into thinking they aren't learning, and they do.
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Written by Juan Donovan Bell, Jamal Roberts, Damian Lamont Champ
Performed by Diablo
Produced by Juan Donovan Bell and Jamal Roberts for Darkroom Productions LLC
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Halfway through Season 4, y'heard?
27 August 2014 | by (Earth) – See all my reviews

Yeah, so The Wire is still solid, but so far this Season is not "amazing" like the previous ones. It's decent, but nothing spectacular. They've ditched all of the best characters or moved them to the background or to secondary roles. We hardly see any Rawles, or Burrell, or Freamon, and McNulty is all but gone from the picture altogether... and with String and Avon mostly out of it, too, you realize how much those two actors/characters brought to the table... Colvin and Carcetti, the two best from the previous Season, are not engaged in decisive battles like they formerly were, so their stories are much less engaging... same deal with Cutty, his story got decidedly low-key...

The mob angle is now on Marlo and his crew, but the creators rarely show us the human side of these guys - what's under the armor, what really makes them tick, etc. They remain a mystery and therefore aren't particularly relatable or engaging, more like mere story movers. We see them for a few minutes per ep doing biz and that's it. During the 1st half of this Season, we never once see Marlo, Chris, or Snoop doing some everyday/everyman thing, like talking to a relative, or even plain ol' sipping a soda. The Wire kind of offhandedly states the facts that Marlo wants his name to "ring out", and that he also likes pigeons and playing cards for big money... but they don't delve into those qualities with any kind of depth. Which is a shame, because narcissism, affectionateness, and affinity for gambling are the opposite traits of the ones that Marlo consistently exhibits on the business side of things, namely covertness, coldness, and cautiousness. It'd be interesting to see a more detailed exploration of this complex mental mix.

The new crew that's the focus of the Season is school kids, balancing on the edge between the citizens' and the criminals' worlds. It's pretty formulaic, a lot like any 90s ghetto school flick, only less intense/dramatic. The kids themselves are OK characters, but nothing to write home about.

As before, they've been putting Omar into situations that he fantastically overcomes. As much as I like the character, I've always been of the op that they bent realism too much with this guy for entertainment purposes.

It's also noticeable that the writing and direction style have become a bit more generic. This is the bane of many long-running TV shows - they confine themselves to just telling the story, and not really trying to spice things up, experiment, get out of their comfort zone - visually or plot-wise. Don't get me wrong, there's no striking flaws here - but there's also no stuff that makes me want to rewind a scene several times, amazed at the creative courage and brilliance behind it. Which is what I've come to expect from The Wire.

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