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Posted Mar 9, 2008 @ 5:29 AM

From zap2it.com:

Carcetti maps out a damage-control scenario; McNulty asks Landsman to pull police off the homeless case; Haynes' concerns about Templeton fall on deaf ears; Dukie seeks out an old mentor for a loan.


*sniff*

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Posted Mar 9, 2008 @ 9:35 PM

And there it is.

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Posted Mar 9, 2008 @ 9:35 PM

Probably the first series finale I actually liked. Well done.

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Posted Mar 9, 2008 @ 9:36 PM

Oh, Dukie.

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Posted Mar 9, 2008 @ 9:37 PM

Oh Dukie. Dukie, Dukie, Dukie.

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Posted Mar 9, 2008 @ 9:37 PM

I can honestly say that I am not upset at how it ended, I'm just upset it had to end at all.

More later. *holding back the tears*

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Posted Mar 9, 2008 @ 9:38 PM

I was on such a high after Cheese got shot. Go Slim! But Michael as the new Omar? I just couldn't buy it. And no parting shot for him and Randy? Not sure what more could be said, but I needed something.

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Posted Mar 9, 2008 @ 9:38 PM

Superb. You will be so missed. Thanks, Simon.

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Posted Mar 9, 2008 @ 9:38 PM

Other than Six Feet Under, probably the best series finale ever done.

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Posted Mar 9, 2008 @ 9:39 PM

Love love and more love....I am normally one of those people that need their shows wrapped up with a nice bow but I was very happy in regard to this finale especially that it showed everything coming full circle and ending just how it started...more later I think I will rewatch in 30 minutes...

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Posted Mar 9, 2008 @ 9:39 PM

I am completely emotionally devastated that this show, which reconfirmed my faith in television as a medium has ended. But at least we have these tidbits to treasure forever:

Michael is the new Omar!!!
The street doesn't remember Marlo, but Omar lives on as a legend.
Partlow and Wee-bey are best friends in my imaginary little prison world.
Bubbles gets to eat upstairs. Or should I say Reginald?
VALCHEK! Cannot believe I didn't see that coming.

With all of the OMG! moments, however, the one thing that will never leave me is the fate of Dukie. I am from Long Island and go to an Ivy League school and in all of my life I was unable to comprehend the suffering that plagues our inner cities until I committed to The Wire. I don't know if it can effect any permanent change on a policy level, but at least on an individual basis this show will forever change the way I see our country.

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Posted Mar 9, 2008 @ 9:39 PM

Commissioner Valchek?!? Holy Shit.

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Posted Mar 9, 2008 @ 9:39 PM

Oh, Dukie.


Goddammit!

*sigh*

But, hurray for Slim!

And was that D'Londa walking in the street during the montage?

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Posted Mar 9, 2008 @ 9:40 PM

I am totally okay with that finale. In fact when they did the Baltimore city-porn shot I was in tears. It wasn't perfectly but in real life I could see it happening like that.
Bravo, Mr. Simon.

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Posted Mar 9, 2008 @ 9:40 PM

Unfortunately, it doesn't change the fact that this was, by far, the weakest of the seasons. I believe things peaked in the 4th.

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Posted Mar 9, 2008 @ 9:40 PM

So, Cheese was the one who was killed at the money conference? Blinked and missed it.

Wow. I wasn't expecting so many happy endings among the ones I knew would depress me (like Dukie's).

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Posted Mar 9, 2008 @ 9:40 PM

No more, "Next week on The Wire" ever.

I am speechless. I thought it was a very powerful episode. I liked how everything came full-circle, although it was a bit heavy-handed (Sydnor the new McNulty, Carver the new Daniels, Michael the new Omar, etc.). However, I appreciated the fact that not everything had a storybook ending. Excellent, excellent job. Those damn sheep that would rather watch CSI have no idea how powerful true storytelling is.

Kudos to David Simon. I've never been this invested in a TV show or its characters. That was a killer of a series finale.

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Posted Mar 9, 2008 @ 9:41 PM

@ksjules - I was giddy when Slim offed Cheese...but the Michael as te new Omar was being set up for awhile so you should have seen that one coming what with the prequel and all...i didnt see the Sidnor as the new McNaulty though

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Posted Mar 9, 2008 @ 9:41 PM

I'm almost underwhelmed...but glad of it. I am okay with McNulty's "happy ending."

I loved the 10:00 shots of Baltimore...see its not all litter and drugs!

Please tell me that was Kenard and not Bug!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Oh, Dukie....Prez, call Bunny to see how to do it!

Loved Kima, Lester and Freamon outside of Kavanagh's. But I wish I had one last McNulty/Bunk scene.

More later...

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Posted Mar 9, 2008 @ 9:41 PM

why dukie? why?

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Posted Mar 9, 2008 @ 9:43 PM

Oh my what a magnificent way to end the show. The Wire is just like an epic poem that really doesn't end but will live on. Poor Duque he really was the ultimate tragedy because he was worth saving but he had too much going against him. Michael is the new Omar ripping off the drug dealers and he's going to be a marked man.

Hopefully down the road there could be a novel or a movie picking up with our characters but even if not I can say I was alive on the planet watching one of the best shows ever to run on television.

The new military show coming out in July looks OK but it's not the Wire but I'll certainly give it a chance. Hopefully it won't be a mess like John From Cinncinati.

First Six Feet Under, then Deadwood, then the Sopranos and now the Wire. I miss all of them.

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Posted Mar 9, 2008 @ 9:43 PM

Please tell me that was Kenard and not Bug!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Yes that was Kenard. Sadly, the cuffs now fit.

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Posted Mar 9, 2008 @ 9:44 PM

I actually enjoyed this season overall (except for the Sun subplot), but I was not overally enthused about the finale. A little too rushed and everything was wrapped up a little too neatly for a show like the Wire. I appreciated the point about how the game is the same and new people just play all the same roles, but a little too cute for me. Really wish they could have done a full 13 episodes and really filled out the pace and the storytelling.

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Posted Mar 9, 2008 @ 9:45 PM

Bravo and thank you, David Simon and all the writers of The Wire for the past five seasons! Truly one of the best shows ever to be on TV. That "wake" for McNulty...it was really a wake for the show. Yeah, Michael's the new Omar and Dukie the new old Bubbles. And Kenard in bracelets! Marlo tried to be the new Stringer Bell...but his heart just wasn't in it.

And if there's any justice at all, David Simon has to get an Emmy writing nod. In my opinion, the entire cast and crew needs recognition but anything, anything would make up for all the oversight in the past.

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Posted Mar 9, 2008 @ 9:45 PM

Sadly, the ending for Dukie was the easiest one to predict. The toughest to take, but this is real life (OK, as close to "real life" as fiction can be), and that's sadly how the Dukie's of the world end up.

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Posted Mar 9, 2008 @ 9:45 PM

Was Dukie already a junkie when he scammed Mr. Pryzbylewski? I was shocked to see him lying and trying to con his old teacher. I usually associate that kind of behavior with hardcore addicts. It's a shame he didn't approach him for help earlier before he started using heroin.

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Posted Mar 9, 2008 @ 9:46 PM

I have to say, I'm not satisfied. I wanted more payoff. I know this isn't a happy-sappy type of show but damn, the bad guys fared well in the end, which I know is probably true to life. I was glad to see Michael still alive but I was hoping one of those teen boys would off Marlo. Looks like if the show continued Michael would be the next Omar to Slim's Avon. I was glad to see Cheese offed and glad to see Bubble's join his family at the table. I was hoping we would get more closure as far as the boys.

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Posted Mar 9, 2008 @ 9:46 PM

Speaking of parallels, an interesting one between Bunny at the end of season 3 and Daniels at the end of this one. Or was that only me?

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Posted Mar 9, 2008 @ 9:48 PM

This season was good but I could have done without the newspaper part of the plot. They should have stuck with the kids and shown us more of what happened with Namond and Randy.

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Posted Mar 9, 2008 @ 9:50 PM

And damn, Levy played them all, didn't he? I figured he made too much of a show of adding Marlo's cell number to that Rolodex in front of Herc, knowing Herc's backstory. It won't be long before he appears before the Honorable Judge Pearlman...