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Finale episode of The Wire chat
2008-03-09 17:31
by Bob Timmermann

After five seasons, one of my favorite TV series ever, "The Wire", airs its final episode tonight.

Jon is the usual host for entertainment chat, but he's graciously allowed me to host tonight's chat. Remember that the episode airs at different times in different parts of the country, so not all people will get to see it at the same time. I'll be watching the East Coast feed, which comes on at 6 pm. So please be courteous toward West Coast residents who might not get to watch for three hours later. If you spoil the episode, you may hear this (not suitable for children).

Perhaps I should get some Honey Nut Cheerios to eat during the finale.

2008-03-09 19:36:03
1.   Bob Timmermann
Unlike another notable HBO show, this does have an ending.
2008-03-09 21:02:53
2.   Brendan
Very satisfying ending.
2008-03-09 22:51:42
3.   underdog
Fantastic finale for a fantastic show. I expected a montage at the end but it was a good one.

So what was McNulty looking at - the Baltimore skyline? (Which lead into the montage.) And where was "home" for his homeless friend?

Overall, a perfectly satisfying end - some happy endings, some realistically (very) sad ones. Glad that Bubbles got to move on up to the first floor dining room. You go Bubbles!

2008-03-10 01:59:13
4.   Eric Enders
I thought the ending was about McNulty trying to decide what was the most important thing in his life. If it was police work, he would have jumped into the traffic. If it was Beadie and the kids, he would have headed home.

This one was very well-directed by Clark Johnson. He gets the bookends, having directed the pilot and now the finale. (And with a cameo by David Simon, no less!)

I'm feeling sad that I will never again experience the pleasure of viewing a brand-new episode of the Wire. That said, though, I think this was easily the weakest of the five seasons. (The strongest being the Frank Sobotka season.) I hope Jon and the others who signed on just for Season 5 will have seen enough to inspire them to go back and watch the previous seasons, which were sheer greatness instead of merely very good.

2008-03-10 08:43:42
5.   underdog
Give this a read: A perfect epitaph for The Wire

4 I'm sad it's over, too, but as the article above says, it went out too early, which is just right. Even though I thought this last season had it's final moments, I thought it was mostly terrific. A fitting end place for the show. Season 2's Sobotka season was very good, but it wasn't my favorite. I often found myself bored with the labor union plot. But I've decided I want to go back to that one now, as maybe I'd have a different perspective now. I own Season 4, the school system one, so that may be what I watch next though. (I wish Pres, the teacher, appeared in the last episode, or season, for more than a few minutes.)

2008-03-10 08:44:57
6.   underdog
5 That should read "had its uneven moments." I need caffeine desperately.

"Everybody is getting what they need behind some make-believe."

2008-03-10 15:24:49
7.   Jon Weisman
4 - I am indeed inspired. But I may watch them in reverse order, given the circumstances. Season 4, then season 3, ...
2008-03-10 16:18:03
8.   Eric Enders
7 But then you'll miss all the subtle references to previous seasons. For example, one of the homeless guys under the bridge this season was a Season 2 character who we'd previously seen in very different circumstances.
2008-03-10 21:19:29
9.   Bob Timmermann
The series makes infinitely more sense if you watch the episodes in order.

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