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Why The Wire Season 5 Is So Much Worse Compared To The Rest
2024/04/10

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The final season of The Wire is often considered one of the show's weakest points, yet it still manages to maintain the high standard set by the previous seasons. In this season, the Major Crimes Unit is desperately trying to close in on Marlo Stanfield, a notorious drug criminal in Baltimore. Omar Little, another key character, is also on the hunt for Marlo and other criminals. Meanwhile, Mayor Carcetti realizes that he can't do enough as Mayor and decides to run for governor. Despite the challenges, business carries on as usual in the Baltimore Police Department.

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One of the standout storylines in this season revolves around Jimmy McNulty. After his absence in season 4, he returns as a central character with a bizarre plan to gather funding for the unit. He manipulates evidence to create a fake serial killer, hoping that the media attention will get the necessary funds. This decision creates drama throughout the series, affecting not only the police department but also the mayor's office and the newsroom.

While season 5 receives less acclaim compared to the earlier seasons, it still displays The Wire's signature storytelling and attention to detail. The introduction of new characters working at the Baltimore Sun, the city's primary newspaper, adds an interesting dynamic to the show.

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Although some argue that these characters lack emotional connectivity, they have the challenging task of following up on the emotionally rich season 4.

The season's serial killer storyline, although unrealistic, fits within the overall cadence and realism of the show. However, some viewers feel that it falls short compared to the previous seasons. Jimmy McNulty's success in apprehending Marlo Stanfield through this scheme is seen as a stretch.

Despite these criticisms, The Wire season 5 is still considered good television. The political plotline and police work remain intriguing, and satisfying closure is offered to many characters. While it may not reach the same heights as the earlier seasons, it is still a well-produced piece of television that remains true to the show's overarching themes.

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