A series-long hack through a drugs ring using wire taps, surveillance and whatever dirty tricks came to hand, season one of The Wire made every other cop show – and, yes, that includes The Shield – look like a nativity play.
Season two is even better. Former detective McNulty (Dominic West) has been busted down to harbour patrol, but he’s still got a nose for trouble. After stumbling on a dead girl floating in the drink, he crawls into the murky smugglers’ world of private feuds and corrupt dockers. Slowly – and with The Wire nothing is rushed – his old surveillance team reassembles...
This is a superior crime drama with the patience to sidestep cheap payoffs and devote all the time in the world to perfectly pitching the killer plot developments. Shame, then, that the DVD producers couldn’t be bothered to spend the time assembling a decent rack of extras. Two out of 12 episodes are accompanied by audio commentaries – and that’s it? Interviews and a Making Of doc next time, lazy boys.
BEST BIT: “They can chew you up, but they gotta spit you out!” grins McNulty after arranging a little payback on his former boss.