IT'S BALTIMORE. NO ONE LIVES FOREVER: Maybe we just should've called it a rest at the end of 2012, because "Not for Attribution" pretty unambiguously feels like the worst episode of The Wire which we've seen to date. As much as Sepinwall tries to defend it as black comedy, McNulty's nutty serial killer scheme is just so out of whack with the sober realism (with occasional darkly comic touches) of the rest of the Wire universe that I cannot enjoy it, and so much of the rest, including a Baltimore Sun universe which is new to us on this show, nevertheless feels been there, done that with nothing particularly compelling about it.
Butchie's death was sad, and yes, it was good to see Omar again (and Clay's driver, Day Day Price), and to have Michael, Dukie, and Bug acting like kids for once. But please, tell us, veterans: does this get better, or should we just blaze through and get this over with?