March 10, 2008

"The Wire," 2002-2008

The greatest television show of the decade ended its run last night with a tour-de-force 93-minute episode that left very few loose ends, ended most of its story arcs in a satisfactory way, and felt true to itself all the way through.

The best parts? (Spoilers, of course). The mock "wake" for McNulty, the Jimmy/Templeton confrontation, and the closing montage. My only complaints? There's no way the Sun editors would allow Templeton to accept a Pulitzer for writing that was clearly cooked, since doing so would mean the end of their careers. Also, a bit too much of the [character]-is-the-new-[character], although Michael-as-Omar was inspired.

So yes, it was much, much better than the "Sopranos" finale, though not as good as "Six Feet Under"'s bow. "The Wire" was a much better series, however.

I'll have more thoughts later; in the meantime, McSweeneys' eulogy is hilarious. And Alan Sepinwall's recap, as usual, is the final word on the subject.

Posted by Stephen Silver at March 10, 2008 04:06 PM
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