That genius of the The Wire has been lost over time, and therein lies the greatest tragedy about how people now consume the show. A modestly attended cultural offering that didn’t find a critical mass of acceptance until its third season, The Wire has been trammeled by everyone rushing to see it. Look no further than the laughable idea that it is worthwhile or even possible to rank the characters and vote until one of them is deemed best. What will it mean if Clay Davis is better or cooler than Frank Sobotka? No doubt attracted by the widespread fetish for drugs and crime, many people who took up The Wire seemed to have done so as a means of cultural tourism.
This is a really tremendous breakdown on the legacy of The Wire. I watched The Wire back-to-back-to-back-to-back on Netflix so my memory of all the seasons sort of run together but I have mixed feelings about season 2. I thought it was the second weakest season (behind the weird self-memorial/tribute/callback that was season 5) but really, it sets up everything in the last three seasons. This the season where Daniels decides to start playing politics instead of being the good soldier, where Stringer begins his covert duplicitousness against Avon and where Omar finds his cause against Avon Barksdale.