WELL, IT SEEMS LIKE I CAN'T SAY NOTHIN' TO CHANGE Y'ALL MINDS: When you see an episode like The Wire's "Middle Ground," and realize how much it took to build to those dramatic moments ... I mean, what can I say?
The episode is centered around a series of conversations between familiar pairings (Avon-Stringer, McNulty-D'Agostino, Stringer-Levy) and unusual ones -- Omar-Mouzone, Stringer-Bunny (with both unable to change the game as much as they wanted), Carcetti-Bunny, and that remarkable scene (look, the whole episode is A+) in which Mayor Royce is meeting with his advisors and thinking seriously about keeping Hamsterdam alive.
I'm a bit overwhelmed down here in Charlotte right now, and I'll try to add more to say over the course of the day. But how can you watch an episode like that and not want to talk about it, immediately? To see Avon and Stringer on the balcony, with the audience knowing what each had set in motion for the other ... I'm speechless.