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 »

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(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 »

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Roland 'Prezbo' Pryzbylewski: Trick 'em into thinking they aren't learning, and they do.
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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 Seasons, 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 almost never show us the human side of these guys - like what's under the armor, what really makes them tick, etc. They remain a complete 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.

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.

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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