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In the projects. On the docks. In City Hall. In the schools. And now, in the media. The places and faces change, but the game remains the same. HBO presents the fifth — and final — season of this acclaimed drama series that focuses on the vagaries of crime, law enforcement, politics, and the media in Baltimore, MD. In the final season, the series expands its focus into the media — specifically the role of newspapers in big-city bureaucracy — as it follows a newspaper staff as they struggle to maintain integrity and meet deadlines in the face of budget cuts and staff reductions. The ensemble cast includes Dominic West, Lance Reddick, Sonja Sohn, Wendell Pierce, Clarke Peters, and Seth Gilliam.
|1||Closed CaptioningVideoMore With Less||Season Five premiere. As McNulty and the detail continue staking out Marlo's crew, recently promoted Sergeant Carver is welcomed by a cauldron of discontent from officers coping with unpaid overtime.||58:39||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|2||Closed CaptioningVideoUnconfirmed Reports||Although he tells Sydnor the Davis investigation could be a 'career case,' Freamon keeps a wary eye out for Marlo, who takes care of some unfinished business and strikes a business deal with Barksdale.||58:38||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|3||Closed CaptioningVideoNot for Attribution||Carcetti's master plan for the police department is leaked to the press, sending the brass into a panic. Marlo turns to Proposition Joe to help with an enviable problem. Whiting and Klebanow drop a bombshell on the newspaper staff.||58:34||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|4||Closed CaptioningVideoTransitions||Campbell tries to smooth out the transitions in the police department. The newspaper scrambles to confirm surprising news from City Hall, but lose out to the TV media in scooping a high-profile Grand Jury appearance.||58:32||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|5||Closed CaptioningVideoReact Quotes||Marlo forges an alliance with a drug connect, who shows him a new communications trick. McNulty's case gets increased attention from the newspaper, in large part thanks to the addition of Templeton to the reporting team.||58:34||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|6||Closed CaptioningVideoThe Dickensian Aspect||Mystified by Omar's disappearance, Marlo and Chris ramp up their efforts to locate their nemesis. After attending a sparsely attended waterfront ceremony, Carcetti fires away at a larger press event--and recasts himself as a champion for the homeless.||58:34||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|7||Closed CaptioningVideoTook||An unexpected call puts Templeton back in the spotlight--and gets McNulty more attention than he expected. Bunk bucks at Landsman when ordered to help with the force's most recent red ball.||58:34||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|8||Closed CaptioningVideoClarifications||Baltimore's renewed police commitment brings fresh recruits to Daniels and McNulty, starting with Carver. Facing a new political challenge, Carcetti is forced to make dangerous political deals.||58:34||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|9||Closed CaptioningVideoLate Editions||With Steintorf ordering Rawls to initiate 'creative' remedies for the rising crime rate, Freamon's vigilance pays off with a promising lead, sending Sydnor and the department into overdrive.||59:53||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|10||Closed CaptioningVideo-30-||In the series finale, Carcetti maps out a damage-control scenario with the police brass in the wake of a startling revelation from Pearlman and Daniels. Their choice: clean up the mess...or hide the dirt.||1:33:10||$1.99||View In iTunes|
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I heard of the praise for the Wire after Season 1 came on iTunes so I bought the season and watched it, only to be blown away by the realism and drama of the series. Its not very action packed, it doesn't have brilliant twists, but the way things tie together so smoothly at the end it nothing but incredible writing and directing. I love this show and promptly bought Seasons 2-4. Now that Season 5 has arrived, I URGE you to purchase this season (if not the entire series) and see the magnificent conclusion to the smartest, realest, best TV series of all time.
On it's own this is not the best season, but as the last chapter, it is amazing
Episodes "React Quotes" and "The Dickensian Aspect" summarizes this show's world view. The newspaper (the main focus of this season) tries to exploit the plight of the homeless in order to boost ratings. As a New Orleanian (I know people are tired of us) this rang so true with me after watching the national media do untold damage to our city's image, collective morality and self-worth. Also, in episode "-30-" it illustrates how everything that was tried (Hampsterdam, wiretap cases, jump-outs) never amounted to anything and how when one drug addict recovers, there is always another (if not two) there to take its place.
Everyone can breath a sigh of relief now...
Watching the way that Season Five and the entire series is wrapped up makes the finales of other series' absolutely pale in comparison. I hate to bring up a painful memory, but does anyone want to relive the series finale of The Sopranos?.... *shudder* (or how about those cheesy future scenes from the finale of Six Feet Under?) The Wire masterfully wraps up every loose end without it coming across as fake, hurried or contrived. Things don't end happily for everyone- in fact they don't really even end, but instead the series merely shows you the direction in which each story arc is likely to progress. After you've watched Season Five of The Wire, I recommend going back and watching Seasons Three and Four again (if not the whole series) to get a full appreciation of the way everything is set up and even foreshadowed so far ahead of time. That said, Season Five stands on its own as great television, behind only Season Four in terms of this series.