History Series / TheWire

30th Jun '17 7:09:18 AM AmuckCricetine
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* RealityEnsues: Happens quite a bit. Most notably in season 5 with [[spoiler: Omar's death]].


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* RealityEnsues:
** Happens often, most notably with Omar's arc in the final season. An injured man going on a one man revenge spree against the most powerful drug gang in Baltimore is unlikely to end well for him, regardless of how badass or determined he is. [[spoiler:After using every shred of street guile he had and sometimes just [[TheDreaded his fearsome reputation]] to continue attacking and harassing Marlo Stanfield's drug empire despite his injury, Omar winds up getting shot in the back by a young kid with a gun who wanted to become famous for killing the legendary Omar and claim the bounty Marlo had put on Omar's head.]]
** On the restored DVD series, Creator/DavidSimon gives a commentary in "[[Recap/TheWireS03E06Homecoming Homecoming]]" saying that both it as well as "[[Recap/TheWireS03E03DeadSoldiers Dead Soldiers]]" were made because the show's creators became very concerned when seeing that Omar had become too heroic in viewers's eyes, especially those under 21. Knowing the huge favor and commercialism that anti-heroes have these days, the show did not jump at the temptation to milk Omar's popularity for constant audience indulgence or marketability. The creators actually cared about the audience's mind and put in effort to question the validity of Omar's honor. This shows when Bunk sees kids at the scene of Tosha's death imitating the shootout and taking turns "being Omar".
25th Jun '17 1:12:30 PM nombretomado
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** In the last episodes there is a plot about an Iraq war story of a marine embellished by Scott Templeton. The creators of the show would go on to truthfully examine the invasion in ''GenerationKill'', which premiered just four months after the end of ''The Wire''

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** In the last episodes there is a plot about an Iraq war story of a marine embellished by Scott Templeton. The creators of the show would go on to truthfully examine the invasion in ''GenerationKill'', ''Series/GenerationKill'', which premiered just four months after the end of ''The Wire''
17th Jun '17 10:20:00 PM CaptainCrawdad
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** [=McNulty=]'s sons are named Sean and Michael. This may be a reference to Chief Brody's sons in ''Film/{{Jaws}}''.
17th Jun '17 8:33:26 AM Discar
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-->--'''Commissioner Ervin Burrell'''

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-->--'''Commissioner -->-- '''Commissioner Ervin Burrell'''


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* LonelyBachelorPad: For a while, [=McNulty=]'s apartment has nothing but a mattress on the floor, which makes it very uncomfortable when he wants his kids to visit.
17th Jun '17 8:12:09 AM dmcreif
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* ObstructiveBureaucrat: Seemingly a dime a dozen in Baltimore, and they make life hell for those on the side of the law. Most of them aren't malicious, just lazy or more interested in protecting themselves than in accomplishing anything worthwhile. Lieutenant Marimow is a notable exception; he is given command of the Major Case squad specifically in order to put the brakes on them so they won't continue to embarrass political bigwigs.

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* ObstructiveBureaucrat: Seemingly a dime a dozen in Baltimore, and they make life hell for those on the side of the law. Most of them aren't malicious, just lazy or more interested in protecting themselves than in accomplishing anything worthwhile. Lieutenant Charles Marimow is a notable exception; he is given command of the Major Case squad Crimes Unit specifically in order to put the brakes on them so they won't continue to embarrass political bigwigs.



* TwoTeacherSchool: Averted in the fourth season. Multiple scenes show teachers at an inner-city Baltimore school debating issues such as curriculums, test preparations, and overall teaching structures; we also see shots of teachers giving lectures to their classes. Played straight when it comes to actual class focus, however, focusing primarily on Prez's courses, plus the experimental learning environment that Colvin is involved in.

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* TwoTeacherSchool: Averted in the fourth season. Multiple scenes show teachers at an inner-city Baltimore school debating issues such as curriculums, test preparations, and overall teaching structures; we also see shots of teachers giving lectures to their classes. Played straight when it comes to actual class focus, however, focusing primarily on Prez's courses, plus courses and the experimental learning environment that Colvin is involved in.



* UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans: Major Colvin's Hamsterdam project can be considered a mild example. It greatly improved public safety and quality of life for Baltimore citizens, but it involves allowing criminals to peddle drugs unhindered in designated areas, and ''brutally'' [[DisproportionateRetribution punishing the dealers who refused to move to the free zone]].

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* UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans: Major Colvin's Hamsterdam project can be considered a mild example. It greatly improved public safety and quality of life for Baltimore citizens, but it involves allowing criminals to peddle drugs unhindered in designated areas, and ''brutally'' [[DisproportionateRetribution punishing the dealers who refused refuse to move to the free zone]].
17th Jun '17 8:07:53 AM dmcreif
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** In Season 2, two cops note how attractive the floater they pulled out of the river is. It's ultimately revealed that she was being smuggled into America as a prostitute.
** Carver is rejected for the role of an undercover john because he doesn't look like he needs to pay for it.

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** In Season 2, two cops [=McNulty=] and his Marine Unit partner Claude Diggins note how attractive the a floater they pulled out of the river is. It's ultimately revealed that she was being smuggled into America as a prostitute.
** Carver is rejected for the role of an undercover john because Pearlman says he doesn't look like he needs to pay for it.it. This results in [[TheCasanova McNulty]] being the selected undercover.



** Becomes a plot point when Bunk has to track down Dozerman's service weapon, and the only evidence he has to go on is the thief's nickname: Peanut. It brings up hundreds of hits in the police computer.
** Landsman ties two murder cases together on the tenuous grounds that each has a suspect known as "D".

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** Becomes a plot point when Bunk has to track down Kenneth Dozerman's missing service weapon, and the only evidence he has to go on is the thief's nickname: Peanut. It Which brings up hundreds of hits in the police computer.
** Jay Landsman ties two murder cases together on the tenuous grounds that each has a suspect known as "D".



** To general amusement, Colvin reveals [=McNulty=] was known as Bushy Top when he first worked patrol in the Western District.

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** To general amusement, Major Colvin reveals [=McNulty=] was known as Bushy Top when he first worked patrol in the Western District.



* LineOfSightName: When Herc and Carver lose an expensive bug hidden in a felt-skinned Dunlop tennis ball, they create the fictional informant "Fuzzy Dunlop" to help pay for the loss.

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* LineOfSightName: When Herc and Carver lose an expensive bug hidden in a felt-skinned Dunlop tennis ball, they create the fictional informant "Fuzzy Dunlop" (played by Herc's cousin) to help pay for the loss.



* LyingToThePerp: BPD favourite interrogation technique. "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DgrO_rAaiq0 The bigger the lie, (the more they believe.)]]"

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* LyingToThePerp: BPD favourite A Baltimore Police Department interrogation technique. "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DgrO_rAaiq0 The bigger the lie, (the more they believe.)]]"



* MilesGloriosus: A bigshot at the FBI pops in on Kima and [=McNulty=] to casually brag about his role in the Unibomber investigation. After he leaves, [=McNulty=] notes that the Unibomber was only caught after his brother informed on him.

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* MilesGloriosus: A bigshot at the FBI pops in on Kima and [=McNulty=] to casually brag about his role in the Unibomber investigation. After he leaves, [=McNulty=] notes that the Unibomber Unabomber was only caught after his brother informed on him.



** [[spoiler:Carver]] is Burrel's mole inside Daniels' detail in the first season.

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** [[spoiler:Carver]] is Burrel's Burrell's mole inside Daniels' detail in the first season.
11th Jun '17 1:15:17 AM neckinhalf
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** An even more understated example than the one above: after learning about how her son (D'Angelo Barksdale)'s death in prison couldn't have been suicide, Brianna Barksdale confronts Stringer and Avon. When the conversation gets to Brianna softly asking Avon if him and D'Angelo had beef, Avon shuts her down, saying he could never do that. However, he says "I ain't have shit to do with it" at the end, to which she says "to do with WHAT?!". To Brianna, this slip up signals that Avon knows what really happened (at the very least).
5th Jun '17 10:15:29 AM dmcreif
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** Zig-zagged; in the first season, a detective tries to make one of the Barksdale clan's top dealers (D'Angelo Barksdale) write an ''apology letter'' to the (fictional) family of a man killed for witnessing against him. AmoralAttorney Levy's reaction is something to behold. This also counts as a case of ShownTheirWork, as this is a common trick the police use to elicit written confessions from crooks who don't know better.
** Played with hilariously in a later episode, where they convince a young punk that a photocopier is a LieDetector. The kid confesses because he assumes the jig's up now anyway after he's made to believe his accomplice folded and is enjoying a Big Mac menu because of it.

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** Zig-zagged; in the first season, a detective tries Bunk and [=McNulty=] try to make one of the Barksdale clan's top dealers (D'Angelo Barksdale) D'Angelo write an ''apology letter'' to the (fictional) family of a man killed for witnessing against him. AmoralAttorney Levy's [[AmoralAttorney Levy]]'s reaction is something to behold. This also counts as a case of ShownTheirWork, as this is a common trick the police use to elicit written confessions from crooks who don't know better.
** Played with hilariously in a later episode, where they Bunk, Norris and new rookie Christeson convince a young punk that a photocopier is a LieDetector. The kid confesses because he assumes the jig's up now anyway after he's made to believe his accomplice folded and is enjoying a Big Mac menu McDonalds meal because of it.it.
-->'''Christeson:''' So this shit actually works?
-->'''Ed Norris:''' Hell yeah! Americans are a stupid people, by and large. We pretty much believe whatever we're told.
30th May '17 2:56:19 PM TheNicestGuy
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** [=McNulty=] is always seen drinking Jameson from pint bottles, sometimes on duty.

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** [=McNulty=] is always seen drinking Jameson from pint bottles, sometimes on duty. When he crashes a D.C. function with an open bar, he tries to order Jameson but is offered Bushmills instead. He scoffs that it's "Protestant whiskey". He drinks it anyway.
30th May '17 11:21:26 AM TheNicestGuy
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* INeverSaidItWasPoison:
** After a gang shootout, Bodie wipes fingerprints off the guns used, puts them in a backpack, and throws the backpack from a car into the river, where it lands on a barge and is turned over to the police. Cole and Norris later interrogate Bodie, produce the backpack and claim they found his fingerprints on one of the guns. Bodie calls their bluff and asks for a lawyer.
** During an interrogation, Herc accidentally reveals too much about his informant (Randy), which gets [[spoiler: the kid branded as a snitch, his house firebombed, his foster mother hospitalized, and generally ruins his life]].
** An example entirely between criminals: Brother Mouzone clues in to the fact that Stringer was responsible for Omar coming after him because [[IdiotBall the usually shrewd Stringer]] tips his hand asking, in a surprised tone, about the existence of more than one assailant.



* IdiotBall:
** Brianna calls Avon out for sending D'Angelo in an ill-fated drug run without proper backup or decoys, when Avon feels that he couldn't trust anybody else.
** The always smart Stringer Bell tipping his hand to Brother Mouzoune when he asks "them?" (re: Mouzone attacker/s) and without hiding his surprised tone. Avon calls him out for questioning Mouzone, as a soldier like the Brother should be left to his own devices.
* IfItBleedsItLeads: Invoked by Lester and Jimmy during their serial killer scheme; they know that the more lurid the story is, the more coverage it will get. The trope is later discussed and namechecked by Gus when the case draws the attention away from the indictment of Clay Davis.
* ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy: Played straight most of the time, highlighting the reality that while gangbangers may have access to firearms and not be shy about using them, they don't really know much about ''shooting accurately''. A prime and tragic example is in Series 2, where Bodie's crew and another gang unload dozens of rounds at each other and fail to cause even a single injury... except for a little boy in an upstairs bedroom who gets a stray bullet through the head. Most of the bangers don't even aim properly when they shoot, and have their eyes closed when they pull the trigger.



* IdiotBall:
** Brianna calls Avon out for sending D'Angelo in an ill-fated drug run without proper backup or decoys, when Avon feels that he couldn't trust anybody else.
** The always smart Stringer Bell tipping his hand to Brother Mouzoune when he asks "them?" (re: Mouzone attacker/s) and without hiding his surprised tone. Avon calls him out for questioning Mouzone, as a soldier like the Brother should be left to his own devices.
* IfItBleedsItLeads: Invoked by Lester and Jimmy during their serial killer scheme; they know that the more lurid the story is, the more coverage it will get. The trope is later discussed and namechecked by Gus when the case draws the attention away from the indictment of Clay Davis.



* INeverSaidItWasPoison:
** After a gang shootout, Bodie wipes fingerprints off the guns used, puts them in a backpack, and throws the backpack from a car into the river, where it lands on a barge and is turned over to the police. Cole and Norris later interrogate Bodie, produce the backpack and claim they found his fingerprints on one of the guns. Bodie calls their bluff and asks for a lawyer.
** During an interrogation, Herc accidentally reveals too much about his informant (Randy), which gets [[spoiler: the kid branded as a snitch, his house firebombed, his foster mother hospitalized, and generally ruins his life]].
** An example entirely between criminals: Brother Mouzone clues in to the fact that Stringer was responsible for Omar coming after him because [[IdiotBall the usually shrewd Stringer]] tips his hand asking, in a surprised tone, about the existence of more than one assailant.
* ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy: Played straight most of the time, highlighting the reality that while gangbangers may have access to firearms and not be shy about using them, they don't really know much about ''shooting accurately''. A prime and tragic example is in Series 2, where Bodie's crew and another gang unload dozens of rounds at each other and fail to cause even a single injury... except for a little boy in an upstairs bedroom who gets a stray bullet through the head. Most of the bangers don't even aim properly when they shoot, and have their eyes closed when they pull the trigger.


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* InformedJudaism: In contrast to the explicitly Jewish defense lawyer Maurice Levy, you would never know that assistant state's attorney Rhonda Pearlman is also Jewish if it weren't for two things: WordOfGod and a very subtle remark by [=McNulty=]. He referred to Pearlman and Levy with the phrase "your twisted little tribe". Since he was complaining that they were both officers of the court, it's not even clear that he meant any Jewish subtext.
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