Glad that there was a thread started on this
I am a big-time lurker while I am at work and would enjoy seeing this topic discussed. Basically, The Wire is the most underrated/best show on television, definitely my favorite!
I have a few major thoughts on this season and would be interested to see other people's opinions!
The first of which would have to be the development of Mcnulty this season, it is interesting to see him be the main focus of the season after he became more or less irrelevant after season one. What I keep ruminating on in my mind is whether or not he is being portrayed as a hero or an anti-hero this season. By him and Lester creating the "Serial Killer" they are quite possibly doing more good by getting the means necessary to build a case and bring down Marlo. However, the crux of this is that he is destroying himself by relapsing into alcoholism, destroying his relationship with Beadie and what I think is going to end up happening in the end getting himself sent to jail when his ruse gets discovered. My personal opinion is I think that Kima ends up betraying him, Kima is a great character and I believe that she has the strongest sense of wrong and right out of any of the characters. I don't think that Kima stands by Mcnulty on this one.
Another major development within the past episode is directly related to the bodies dropped in the Vacant Houses by Snoop and Chris. Apparently with Mcnulty's help (even though their relationship has been destroyed this season which is quite disappointing to see as I thought that they played off each other the best throughout the series) Bunk can now connect Chris to one of the bodies in the Vacant's and has a warrant for his arrest. This is quite the development for two reasons; the first of which being that Mcnulty's path to self-destruction has now come full-circle, his whole plan was to build the case through the illegal wire against Marlo, but if the warrant against Chris is served than Marlo and his Crew would most certainly change up and everything tha the has been working for goes down the drain. Secondly, I think that the relationship between Bunk and Mcnulty has detiorated so far that he might end up serving the warrant in order to spite Mcnulty. It makes me wonder what is going to happen on that end.
Those are just my thoughts on what has happened so far this season, I didn't even touch on Carcetti or Daniels that much even though there is much to discuss on that front as well. I will ruminate on them as well and dedicate another post to the more higher-ups and the Press as well. I hope that there are some other Wire-heads such as myself here in the Cafe and would not only LOVE to discuss this season, but the prior seasons as well.
I think that overall my favorite season was Season 4 focusing on the schools and Carcetti's election. I believe that was the most relevant and socially poignant season to date, especially how once the Barksdale/Eastside Crews were brought down, Marlo's Crew showed up and were more violent/heartless/destructive/ruthless/selfish than either the Barksdale or Eastside Crews combined.
To conclude for now, I would also like to give a RIP to Omar the best character on television. I was honestly hoping that he could make it through the show alive but considering how he was trying to go after Marlo, his death was inevitable.