The Wire, Season 2HDClosed Captioning
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McNulty's on harbor patrol. Daniels is in the police-archives dungeon. Prez is chafing in the suburbs. Greggs has a desk job. The detail may be on ice, but corruption marches on . . . and a horrific discovery is about to turn the Baltimore shipping port inside out. HBO presents Season 2 of this gritty drama series that focuses on the vagaries of crime and law enforcement in Baltimore, MD. Setting up in the wake of the first season's joint homicide/narcotics detail that exposed a major drug operation — and left its members stigmatized and reassigned — the second season expands to include not only familiar drug dealers, but a group of longshoremen and organized crime members who are caught up in a major homicide case. The cast includes Dominic West, Chris Bauer, Paul Ben-Victor, John Doman, Idris Elba, and Frankie R. Faison.
|1||HDClosed CaptioningVideoEbb Tide||In the Season Two premiere, Det. Jimmy McNulty--exiled to police-boat duty--makes a shocking discovery in the Baltimore harbor. Bodie drives to Philly to make a connection for the Barksdale crew and Stringer Bell takes the train to New York to feel out the crew's reticent suppliers.||58:35||£2.49||View in iTunes|
|2||HDClosed CaptioningVideoCollateral Damage||Major Valchek gets back at Sobotka for the church gift fiasco, and a feud begins. Valchek ups the ante by asking Deputy Commissioner Burrell for a detail to go after Sobotka. Avon Barksdale continues to run his empire from a prison cell--counseling his nephew D'Angelo and going after a guard who is harassing the organization's convicted hit-man Wee-Bey.||58:35||£2.49||View in iTunes|
|3||HDClosed CaptioningVideoHot Shots||Bunk and Freamon chase their crime scene, a container ship, to Philly. Lt. Cedric Daniels--disgusted with his exile to the evidence control unit--makes it known that he's leaving. On orders from Barksdale, Bell finds a way to set up the correctional officer who's been harassing Wee-Bey. McNulty pursues the identity of the Jane Doe found floating in the harbor.||58:23||£2.49||View in iTunes|
|4||HDClosed CaptioningVideoHard Cases||Sobotka reprimands his nephew Nick for stealing the cameras and orders him to bring the cargo back--too late. McNulty is on a self-assigned moral mission to identify his floater, but his old partner, Bunk, says they have a more pressing matter at hand: to find Omar so he can testify against a Barksdale trigger man in one of last year's murders.||58:34||£2.49||View in iTunes|
|5||HDClosed CaptioningVideoUndertow||Ziggy loses his prized Camaro to drug dealers. Unable to dump the homicide investigation on other agencies, Rawls measures Bunk for the blame, if the cases go unsolved. Homicide detectives hand out grand jury summonses to stevedores involved in the homicide case, and port cop Beadie Russell talks to an old boyfriend to find out how cargo disappears from the docks.||57:09||£2.49||View in iTunes|
|6||HDClosed CaptioningVideoAll Prologue||Trying to let go of police work and return to his marriage, McNulty gives up on identifying his Jane Doe. In their investigation of Sobotka, the detectives discover a pattern in the computer and explain the connection to Daniels, but he still won't take the murders. Sobotka tries to play the political game on behalf of his union.||58:09||£2.49||View in iTunes|
|7||HDClosed CaptioningVideoBackwash||Russell tells Sobotka the investigation is over, but, in fact, a port computer is cloned, and when a container goes missing, the detectives follow. Simultaneously, Greggs and Prez tap into a circuit of Russian prostitutes. With two sets of evidence, the detail goes to Pearlman. Neither crime merits wiretap--but a drug connect could give the case legs.||58:26||£2.49||View in iTunes|
|8||HDClosed CaptioningVideoDuck and Cover||McNulty is back to his old self, on a drunken binge. Urged by fellow stevedores to fight Maui, Ziggy is again humiliated. Worried about McNulty, Bunk tries to get Daniels and Rawls to take him on. After some labor, the wiretap is up--just in time to catch another disappearing can. Sobotka meets with The Greek and Vondas, and they decide to change up.||57:40||£2.49||View in iTunes|
|9||HDClosed CaptioningVideoStray Rounds||Bodie's effort to improve sales ends disastrously, forcing Bell to rethink his strategy. Ziggy pulls Johnny Fifty into a new caper that should make the Greeks pay off big. McNulty, undercover and outnumbered in the brothel, awaits 'rescue.' Daniels and Pearlman stay cool as Valcheck fumes over the change of targets--and Burrell pulls the rug out from under him.||58:19||£2.49||View in iTunes|
|10||HDClosed CaptioningVideoStorm Warnings||The Detail uses satellite technology to its advantage. Bodie is unhappy that Proposition Joe's people are slinging on his turf, but business flows--until a new face arrives. Stringer Bell looks to an unlikely solution to the problem. Valcheck visits the FBI in an attempt to get real results on the docks. Ziggy's deal with Double-G goes bad in a big way.||58:36||£2.49||View in iTunes|
|11||HDClosed CaptioningVideoBad Dreams||With the clock ticking, the Detail makes a desperate move, and Daniels reams out Landsman for dropping the ball. Nick's deceit is in the open as Sobotka is overwhelmed by bad news. The Greeks ease out of an encounter with the Detail, and Omar's suspicions are validated. The Detail hopes to find Vondas's boss, and Nick hopes to repair relations with the Greeks.||58:19||£2.49||View in iTunes|
|12||HDClosed CaptioningVideoPort In a Storm||In the Season Two finale, the Detail has a setback, while Russell and Bunk revisit Philly to look for evidence. Brother Mouzone talks with Stringer Bell about their agreement, leaving Bell to contend with a dissatisfied Avon Barksdale. Bubbles and Johnny pull another caper and McNulty and Greggs return to the Westside, where they discover new connections.||1:02:56||£2.49||View in iTunes|
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The 2nd album problem ... not in this case!
After a great 1st series, would the 2nd be as good? Hmm, the 2nd album syndrome. Not in the case of The Wire which just seems to get better and better. I know, £1.89 per episode is a bit steep and yes, you can pick up the DVDs cheaper elsewhere but sometimes you just need your instant fix, whatever the price (Avon would be proud!). PS. The loss of one star is for itunes and not the producers. Come on itunes, have a wee think about pricing (credit crunch and all that) and also what products you can get on the US site compared to the UK one! Having said that, well done itunes for putting all five series up now.
iTunes is too expensive but Thee Wire is worth the sacrifice
Although it took me a little while to get into this series by the end I loved it. The producers didn't feel the need to use characters from the first series which didn't add anything to the story. I was also waiting for McNulty to join the main team sooner and then realised that this would have happened in other tv shows but The Wire sets its own trends.
A brilliant second chapter
I have heard talk of the second series not "being up to scratch" etc but in my opinion, this is one of the best parts of the best TV show ever. The family relationships of the Sobotka family (particularly the strength of Frank) were extremely life like. The way David Simon and Ed Burns can show another shady element in Baltimore (the port) as well as keeping the project story moving along is nothing short of genius. Five out of five for me on this series !