Jane After Dark: The Wire, season 4 - The kids are not alright
by Jane Boursaw, posted Jul 19th 2009 1:01PM
I'm well into season four of The Wire (just finished "Margin of Error"; read my other Jane After Dark installments), and getting into the guts of the Baltimore political scene and how it's all interwoven with the cops and drug business.
Oh, those kids! It really makes you see how they've gotta be extremely driven to get out of that life, because a lot of the adults are just priming them to continue the drug business into the next generation. Not only their parents -- which is really sad -- but people like Marlo, who has his minions handing out back-to-school cash to build goodwill with the kids. At that rate, those kids don't have a shot of clawing their way out of a life of crime.
It will take me another run-through or two to really fit all the pieces together, but I'm digging how all of the characters have evolved ... or not ...
I'm trying to decide if Tommy Carcetti is smart or stupid. My first instinct is that he's really stupid and green, but thanks to his handlers -- and the fact that certain influential people want Mayor Royce out -- he's back in the race after being counted out. It's funny to see Carcetti and his wife awkwardly trying to fit into the black community, a fish out of water clapping along with the choir in an all-black church.
And once again, the drug guys seem to have it a lot more together than the guys who are supposed to be in charge. I mean, really, the mayor getting a blow job from his secretary in the halls of justice? Didn't he even think to lock the door? That's just dumb. But it's working out well for Herc, who caught them in the act. Whatever happens, it's all dirty politics.
So, McNulty and Beadie are together now? Interesting. He seems to be behaving himself pretty well right now. We'll see how that goes. Love it when he and Bunk go out drinking together in the dark of night.
What to say about Omar and Avon and Marlo, et al ... things continue to heat up. I have to say, I'm feeling for Omar right now. He's being framed! It almost -- almost -- makes me forget how he gunned down my man Stringer in cold blood. I miss Stringer. And have we seen the last of Brother Mouzone? I don't think so.
Let's talk about Prez. He's got his work cut out for him with kids wielding razors in the classroom and kids like Namond, who has a long journey ahead of him. I mean, good grief, his mother, De'Londa, and his incarcerated dad, Wee-Bey, have got him working as a runner for Bodie. At least he's still keeping his pony-tail, even though Wee-Bay tells him, "Even the white police lookin' out from three blocks away gonna be able to spot you from every nigga out there." That pony-tail just might do Namond in, even though it's the one thing of "his" that he refuses to give up.
I like Prez, though. He seems to really want to help the kids, like working it out so a kid can shower at school and get clean clothes. Prez belongs in a movie about a do-gooder teacher with a class full of troubled kids. Only I have a feeling this story won't have a happy ending.
There's a lot more to say, but I'll end it here. Season four is definitely my favorite so far. In some ways, I feel like I'm really just starting to get into the series.
I look forward to your thoughts.