Begoña and I finished watching last night the twelve episodes of The Wire, Season 3. In the show’s third season, the politics of Baltimore took on a prominent role and they provided the catalyst for the bold actions of Major Howard “Bunny” Colvin (Robert Wisdom). Mayor Clarence Royce (Glynn Turman) is casting an eye towards re-election, and he demands that the police department needs to stay below 300 homicides before the year’s end. The city is already close to the mayor’s arbitrary number, and the pressure is put on Acting Commissioner Ervin Burrell (Frankie Faison) and new Deputy Commissioner of Operations William Rawls (John Doman) to get the numbers down. Since shit rolls downhill, Burrell and Rawls proceed to chew out all of the district majors at their weekly Comstat meetings. Colvin, six months from retirement and weary from how drugs are taking away from real police work, devises a secret and radical plan: push drug dealers off the corners and into “safe zones”, which colloquially become known as “Amsterdam” (or “Hamsterdam” as it’s called among the dealers). Source: Matt Reviews THE WIRE – Season 3
On to watch now Season four, stay tuned.