Alan Sepinwall’s chronicle of small-screen game-changers, “Televisioned Revolution”, considers “The Wire” a hard win. HBO executives like Chris Albrecht would hesitate to refresh sequels to failed War on Drugs series with cumulative effect. David Simon sums it up in Sepinwall’s book by saying “Now people say that when you get to Volume 4, it works. Not that Episode 4 is great. The point is, that’s the whole thing. They are. I’m interested in the whole story talking about.”
By season 5, “The Wire”‘s detractors had swirled around its multi-faceted storytelling as part of the show’s comprehensive – and satisfying – experience. After addressing the judicial and legislative systems involved in the drug crisis in America, the writers turned their eyes to the media’s failure to inform the public. Simon tells Slate that there is little left to say for any sequel:
“The major thematic enhancement was done in Seasons 1 and 2, when Ed and I were figuring out what we wanted to do: how many seasons, etc. We came up with five. We talked about a lot. stuff; nothing seemed important enough to Season 6. When other writers joined the show, George Pelecanos, Richard Price, we’d throw it at them: ‘Here’s what we’ve come up with, year. If you have anything else, any ideas to expand the series, say so.’ When I made my plea to HBO – and begged to be – it was on behalf of me. for those five seasons.”
Although not well received by critics, the finale’s plot added another layer to the novel-like approach of the entire show, taking the time and effort to outline the nuances involved in a national issues, anything other than black and white.
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