The Wire 3/9/2008 -30- Series Finale (Spoilers)

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  1. Mar 10, 2008 #21 of 108
    TiVo Bum

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    McNulty "retired", hence the "wake" at the bar at the end. We must assume that he and Beadie live happily ever after. :) I think it was very telling that he walked away from the bar without being wasted - one of the only times in the 5 years he's done that.

    It was nice to see Prez again - in a way the last scene with he and Dukwan pretty much said it all with regards to the whole series - Prez going above and beyond to help, at the same time knowing how futile it all was. Other shows might have left that kind of scene out but it was another perfect piece to to a perfect ending.
     
  2. Mar 10, 2008 #22 of 108
    markymark_ctown

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    after some questionable plot directions this season, i must say they did a nice job wrapping up the series.

    was the series ever explicit in exactly what kind of dirt they had on daniels? in the first season, the fbi agent tells mcnulty that daniels was dirty since he had assets that were beyond his police salary means, but they couldn't prove anything. the conversation with his ex-wife leads me to believe she wa a co-conspirator in whatever he was involved in.
     
  3. Mar 10, 2008 #23 of 108
    Odds Bodkins

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    Damn HBO for taking 3 episodes from us... think of how good this season could have really been.

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  4. Mar 10, 2008 #24 of 108
    cheesesteak

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    A great wrapup to a great series. Maybe *this* year The Wire might win some awards.

    I almost did a dance when Cheese got shot.
     
  5. Mar 10, 2008 #25 of 108
    jradosh

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    The old guy's reaction (what did he say? "You just killed $900k" ?) had me cracking up.
     
  6. Mar 10, 2008 #26 of 108
    mwhip

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    And it was awesome that is was the original muscle man of the show Slim Charles that got him. Didn't he also owe Cheese for Avon and Stringer?
     
  7. Mar 10, 2008 #27 of 108
    Sparty99

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    For some reason the ending didn't satisfy me. I really wish Marlo had taken a bullet from a guy who didn't know who the hell he was. And I didn't get Valchek becoming police commissioner. We spend practically the entire series hearing how Rawls (sp?) is too white to be commissioner, leading to Daniels taking the ranks, and then Valchek somehow takes the position? Didn't make sense.

    Didn't see the Michael/Omar angle coming. And I'm glad Bubbles finally got to come upstairs.
     
  8. Mar 10, 2008 #28 of 108
    Sparty99

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  9. Mar 10, 2008 #29 of 108
    cheesesteak

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    Seemed to me that "they" (Neryse, Carcetti, etc...) realized they'd rather have a puppet as police commissioner than care what the community leaders would say.
     
  10. Mar 10, 2008 #30 of 108
    jradosh

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    Herndon,...
    The list...

     
  11. Mar 10, 2008 #31 of 108
    TAsunder

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    We know based on numerous statements throughout seasons 1-5 that daniels seemed to have stolen some money from evidence during his stint at ... ? drug enforcement I think? And that he wasn't the only one doing it.

    Valcheck made perfect sense. The instant they talked about needing someone who would play their game I knew it would be him.

    Prez didn't really go totally above and beyond. Compare him to Bunny... now maybe he couldn't adopt dukie but it seemed to me that he was holding back in his help.

    I loved the Michael resolution and did not at all see that one coming!

    Are we to assume that Gus got demoted, or was he simply pleased that another honest newspaper guy was working his way up?

    Did kenard get taken in for Omar's murder?

    I was quite surprised by Cheese's fate, but boy did they set that one up with great patience these past couple of seasons!

    No cameo by Avon??
     
  12. Mar 10, 2008 #32 of 108
    jeffo13

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    It is hard to see Levy, Rawls and Herc as the biggest winners, but I guess that was expected. I put Marlo in the loser section. He is out of the game, which is the only life he knows and he no longer has his name. The last scene for him was the final rub in his face that his name is fading and the name Omar is living on through legend. I don't think that was a happy laugh at the end, but a shock to his system at this realization.

    I have to belive the Pulitzer was revoked within the year.

    Very happy with the episode. I loved the beginning with Carcetti with a loss for words and Norman cracking up.

    The Wire will be missed.

    Jeff
     
  13. Mar 10, 2008 #33 of 108
    ClutchBrake

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    Yes. And yes, he sees himself in the other guy.

    Yes.
     
  14. Mar 10, 2008 #34 of 108
    ClutchBrake

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    "That sentimental mother f***** just cost us $900,000."
     
  15. Mar 10, 2008 #35 of 108
    JohnB1000

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    I guess with some more thought I'm a little disappointed that we didn't see Avon and perhaps a couple of other older characters in the wrap up.

    I still don't know how Jimmy got from in the room with Lester and the DA to being "retired" I thought he was going to be sent to some backwater job ? Did the rest of the crew end up knowing what he'd done.

    I also liked Sydner becoming the new McNulty, talking to the judge and asking for his name to kept out of it just like Jimmy.
     
  16. Mar 10, 2008 #36 of 108
    jradosh

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    That was my take... Lester retired and McNulty was back on the docks (or whatever else is the crappiest job available).
     
  17. Mar 10, 2008 #37 of 108
    mdsutherland

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    I'm pretty sure Jimmy quit/retired as well. During the eulogy a comment was made about not staying around long enough for a pension. I don't think everyone knew what he did.
     
  18. Mar 10, 2008 #38 of 108
    pjenkins

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    McNulty was definitely retired, that was the point of the wake...
     
  19. Mar 10, 2008 #39 of 108
    Stone1717

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    Exactly...he also mentioned he was an ex-cop when checking on the "kidnapped" homeless guy.
     
  20. Mar 10, 2008 #40 of 108
    cheesesteak

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    Maybe but Prez is probably going to have a Duquon in his class every year. I also believe that if Dukie hadn't so blatantly lied to him that Prez might have done more.

    Simon painted a pretty leak picture of big city politics. Everybody is only interested in their next job.

    Marlo at Levey's high class shindig didn't make sense to me. Yes, he's rich but he's still pretty "uncivilized". Plus, he had 22 dead bodies in the vacants attached to his name from his arrest, didn't he? Not someone I'd invite to a gala event.

    McNulty definitely was an ex-cop at the end but I don't think he was retired. It was mentioned earlier that he was ineligible for a pension. I think he just quit.
     

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