We have reach the penultimate season, number four of five and we wondered if the show could in fact get any better…
The Wire’s fourth season introduces the school system to viewers and with it some new characters that include eight graders Duquan ‘Dukie’ Weems (Jermaine Crawford), Randy Wagstaff (Maestro Harrell), Namond Brice (Julito McCullam) and Michael Lee (Tristan Wilds). We watch as some of the kids turn to drug running and see just how chaotic school life can be.
Marlo now controls the West Side and his rule is ruthless He runs the streets in a cold-blooded manner using intimidation and murder to keep hold of his reign, hiding bodies in boarded up, abandoned houses. The body toll does not go unnoticed by the Major Crimes Unit, who can’t understand why so many well-known criminals are seemingly vanishing from the streets without a trace.
McNulty is still knocking about and now is working as a patrol man and refusing to be promoted by Daniels, who is now in charge of the Western District. The Major Crimes Unit is still well stocked with good officers though, including Kima Greggs (Sonja Sohn) and Lester Freamon (Clarke Peters). Their focus is still Avon Barksdale, only now they are investigating the donations that he is making to political parties.
The new dimension of adding school life to season four brings gravitas to and an already incredible show. There is something about children in these situations that hits home much harder. Still with its raw and honest take on crime, The Wire delivers yet again.