Wire - Season 5

Wire - Season 5

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Cast: Dominic West, Wendell Pierce, Clarke Peters

     
 

For the fifth and final season of this groundbreaking urban drama, series creator David Simon returns to his old stomping grounds at the Baltimore Sun, where he worked for many years as a crime reporter, to examine the media's role in modern society. This fictionalized version of what was once a newspaper of record is experiencing tough economic times, precipitating… See more details below

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Overview

For the fifth and final season of this groundbreaking urban drama, series creator David Simon returns to his old stomping grounds at the Baltimore Sun, where he worked for many years as a crime reporter, to examine the media's role in modern society. This fictionalized version of what was once a newspaper of record is experiencing tough economic times, precipitating layoffs and a hollow mantra from management to "do more with less." These marching orders are met with derision by Gus Haynes (Clark Johnson), an old-school City Desk editor who encourages eager young journalists such as Alma Gutierrez (Michelle Paress) to hone their craft. The cutbacks at the Sun mirror those at City Hall, where Mayor Carcetti (Aidan Gillen) -- who's too busy angling for a gubernatorial run and convicting corrupt politico Clay Davis (Isiah Whitlock Jr.) to care-slashes the police budget to save money. But the decimation of the department's morale and matériel is too much for Jimmy McNulty (Dominic West). The maverick detective, who is not only back in Homicide but regressing to his tomcatting ways, fabricates a grisly crime that catches the eye of self-serving Sun reporter Scott Templeton (Tom McCarthy). And although his sensational articles about a rampaging serial killer are met with skepticism by Haynes, they're championed by his prize-hungry bosses. McNulty's scheme doesn't sit well with his partner Bunk (Wendell Pierce), but is embraced by Det. Freamon (Clarke Peters) if the means justify the restoration of funding to pursue drug lord Marlo Stanfield (Jamie Hector). Free of law-enforcement scrutiny, Marlo shields himself with onetime Barksdale attorney Maurice Levy (Michael Kostroff) on a quest to rule the entire city's drug trade, and tempts fate by luring stickup artist Omar (Michael K. Williams) back to town to settle an old score. Meanwhile, former addict Bubbles (Andre Royo) struggles to stay clean, but finds it hard to face his demons at Narcotics Anonymous meetings.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Christina Urban
"Competing ambitions. Competing vulnerabilities. Everything's a tangle in the end -- that was the fun of doing the last season." That David Simon quote, taken from the commentary on the 90-minute series finale, "30," puts all of 2008's Season 5 in perspective. The ten episodes are indeed a tangle, from the often inglorious Baltimore Police Department to Marlo Stanfield's (Jamie Hector) citywide drug operation to the Baltimore Sun newspaper to the mayor himself, Tommy Carcetti (Aidan Gillen). But fans of this landmark drama will be satisfied at how Simon and company are able to tie up not just Season 5 but the entire Wire universe. Budget cuts in the Baltimore PD mean the previous season's murders perpetrated by Chris (Gbenga Akinnagbe) and Snoop (Felicia Pearson) are quietly ignored -- but not by Jimmy McNulty (Dominic West). He and Lester Freamon (Clarke Peters) hatch an outrageous plan to shift departmental funds back onto the case, and that sets up one of the major storylines of Season 5. The other focus of the season is City Editor Gus Haynes (Clark Johnson) and his reporters at the Sun, who are told to "do more with less" in a town where crime is running rampant. In government, Mayor Carcetti faces troubles when the money he promised Baltimore schools fails to materialize, and he spends the rest of the season trying to keep up with the cutbacks. On the street, Marlo is now reigning king of Baltimore's drug trade, making enemies at every turn. A modern masterpiece, The Wire -- and native son Simon's exquisitely gritty from-the-heart storytelling -- will be greatly missed.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/12/2008
UPC:
0883929015368
Rating:
NR
Source:
Hbo Home Video
Region Code:
1
Time:
10:30:00
Sales rank:
7,365

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