COMES A DAY YOU'RE GONNA HAVE TO DECIDE WHETHER IT'S ABOUT YOU OR ABOUT THE WORK: Everyone receives their sentences this week on The Wire (Sepinwall, Ariano), and nearly everyone's asking the same question: was it worth this?
For the police, yes, some drug dealers are going away, but with Wee-Bey accepting all the heat on the murders because Dee ultimately doesn't turn on his family, the Barksdale Organization is still in business with Stringer and Brianna in charge with a never-ending supply of pawns willing to sacrifice themselves for a chance to move a few spaces on the board, and St. Sen. Clay Davis is just as corrupt as we've imagined, but a free man.
Oh, Dee. He had his chance.
Oh, Bubbs. You had a chance, maybe. But drug addiction is hard, so I'm not angry. Just sad.
Oh, McNulty. When you mention in the first episode that your nightmare scenario is being transferred to the boat, don't be surprised you end up there.
But, still, there's hope. Kima's alive, and proving that she's good police by an objective standard, even if not Bunk's. Lester's promoted (and in love?), Carver's promoted (with a chance to do better), and Omar's still Omar, still in the game - just in the South Bronx for now.
Yeah, I get it now. I understand why so many people wanted me to start watching this show. What a rich, deep story, yet one with some of the traditional twists, turns, and thrills of any drama. Yes, it's depressing, but everyone once in a while there's hope, there's proof that gestures of decency, bravery, and honesty can yield tangible results. No, West Baltimore hasn't been cleaned of drugs, and the Police Department hasn't exactly rewarded the right people, but some bad people are going away for awhile and that makes some of this worth it, right? Right?