The Wire is a very rich series.
Terrific characters with numerous arcs.
Spoiler alert for the fifth and final season
One thing I will note is that the fabulist who manufactures stories for local paper The Baltimore Sun had previous experience at two other news outlets. One of them is the Kansas City Star.
The reporter goes around the spots in the city where the homeless hang out, in his tee-shirt, seeking information on a serial killer who’s been picking off vagrants. The killer is himself a fabrication of Det McNulty’s, who is keen to divert funds so that the police can get overtime money to catch the drug dealers.
The Kansas City Star logo is printed on this reporter’s shirt. Perhaps reading too much into things, or perhaps it’s part of the show’s beautiful poetry, but Kansas is famed for numerous things, one being The Wizard of Oz.
The fantastical embellishments of Scott Templeton go a long way to forcing City Hall and others to grant the police the funds to ultimately crack their case. One tiny element of a series that’s well worth catching if you haven’t already.