The Wire (2002–2008)
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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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... Det. James 'Jimmy' McNulty
... Maj. William A. Rawls
... Russell 'Stringer' Bell
... Dep. Comm. for Operations Ervin H. Burrell (as Frankie R. Faison)
... D'Angelo Barksdale (as Larry Gilliard Jr.)
... Avon Barksdale
... Asst. State's Atty. Rhonda Pearlman
... Det. William 'Bunk' Moreland
... Lt. Cedric Daniels
... Reginald 'Bubbles' Cousins
... Det. Shakima 'Kima' Greggs
... Judge Daniel Phelan
... Det. Ellis Carver
... Det. Thomas 'Herc' Hauk
... Det. Lester Freamon
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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 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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Trivia

The music of The Pogues, a Celtic folk/punk band, is featured many times during the series. The Pogues originally called themselves Pogue Mahone. This makes the naming of Detectives Polk and Mahone even more ironic. See more »

Goofs

Kima uses a "cannon" - a rather long, cheap, dark 500mm f8.0 telephoto lens - to photograph suspects from a rooftop. It is bad photographic practice to freehand it instead of using a tripod. Later, the images she supposedly took are shown, but using that low-sensitivity colour film, they would have turned out a lot more blurry because of the long exposure times necessary. See more »

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Lt. Cedric Daniels: What're you doing here at two in the morning?
Det. Ellis Carver: Field interviews. Police work.
Lt. Cedric Daniels: "Police work." I got a 14-year-old kid in critical but stable condition at University and two witnesses who say one of you princes cold-cocked him with the butt end of a pistol.
Det. Thomas 'Herc' Hauk: No sir.
Lt. Cedric Daniels: I got his mother over at I.I.D. filing a formal brutality charge, which for Herc will make an even four in the last two years!
Det. Thomas 'Herc' Hauk: Unsustained...
Lt. Cedric Daniels: But all of 'em true!
Det. Thomas 'Herc' Hauk: Lieutenant, we thought that...
Lt. Cedric Daniels: I got one less Crown Vic than I had last ...
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References Hawaii Five-O (1968) See more »

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Way Down in the Hole
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Performed by The Blind Boys of Alabama
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"You cannot lose if you don't play"
24 November 2008 | by See all my reviews

The Wire's staggering attention to detail is even more obvious here than it was in the pilot episode: the series is merely two hours old, and the narrative hasn't really moved forward yet. What matters here is the little things that lead to the storyline's progression.

Picking up exactly where The Target ended, we get another glimpse of the man who was killed for testifying against D'Angelo Barksdale. The case is given to Jimmy McNulty's Homicide partner Bunk, but McNulty suggests the newly appointed detail led by Lieutenant Daniels help him out, since it's most likely Avon Barksdale who sanctioned the hit. Because of this, D'Angelo is arrested and forced into believing it's his fault, so that the cops can study his reaction (needless to say the kid's lawyer puts a stop to all that in no time). Meanwhile, Daniels questions his role in the operation, to which his wife responds: "You cannot lose if you don't play", and Kima (Sonja Sohn), Herc (Domenick Lombardozzi) and Carver (Seth Gilliam) start taking pictures of drug buyers in the street in order to build the foundations of their case.

The slow pace is essential in adding layers of meaning to the story and getting to know the characters a little better, hence the scenes where the cops assigned to the detail complain about office space and indirectly blame McNulty for putting them in that situation (he reacts with his trademark line: "What the f*ck did I do?") or the moment when D'Angelo and his friends have a Seinfeldian discussion about Chicken McNuggets: these people aren't types, they're fully formed human beings, and therefore we must be given the opportunity to see every aspect of their personalities. As such, it will be much more rewarding when the pay-off comes (assuming it does).


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