What a delightful and uplifting end to The Wire! Bad guys were taken down by good police, families were reunited, liars were uncovered–but only the yucky ones we don’t like–and kids who would have been destroyed on the streets were seen winning school prizes. Hooray for happy endings!
Oh, wait–this is The Wire. That was last week’s penultimate episode. Perhaps looking for a happy ending was expecting a little too much from this particular show.
Still we had the happiest endings we could have hoped for with these characters–heck, there were even more people at a wake than we were lead to believe could ever have been possible. I’m loathe to say too much for fear of spoiling things for those of you who are discovering the show via DVD, but the finale was a great capper for the thematic strength of the show–while we saw happy(ish) endings for specific characters, we also saw that the big wheel keeps on turning. Perhaps the most interesting thing to come from the series-ending montage (other than Simon and Co.’s valentine to Baltimore and, by extension, America) was the clear way each player from the last five years was replaced by version 2.0. Wonder who the next Omar will be, or the next McNulty, or the next Gus, or the next Burrell? The answers are all here, because the one thing The Wire never compromised on was that, regardless of the best intentions of flawed but noble individuals, nothing will ever change for the better until the entire system is cleansed.
Thanks for five great seasons of howling at the dirty system, folks.