The Wire is proclaimed by many (including me) to be one of the best written tv shows, one of the most realistic, hard-hitting, and never missing a beat.
With that in mind, a couple of questions come to mind during season 3 that I’d appreciate someone’s thoughts on.
- Amsterdam - if you recall, at the end of Season 3, the shit hits the fan regarding Major Colvin’s drug free zones. There were three areas that dealers could deal and usersncould buy and use with impunity. Commissioner Burrell and Major Rawls didn’t know about this, and when they found out, they crushed Colvin’s retirement pay, and he lost his big paying post-retirement job at Johns Hopkins. The way they got Colvin To agree to this was to tell Colvin that no one would ever advance who happened to be under his command at the time of the scandal, whether they knew about it or not.
Instead of agreeing to this, why didn’t Colvin just threaten Rawles and Burrell with the following: claim that they, as his direct bosses, knew about Amsterdam and forced him to keep quiet about it. He was also forced to keep his people in the dark as ordered by Burrell and Rawels. It didn’t matter if it wasn’t true or not, because Colvin could have spun the story any way he wanted to, to the Mayor, the press, and anyone else that would listen. Burrell and Rawls would be guilty by association, and would probably get fired until when (and if) the truth could ever be sorted out. Burrell and Rawls would have wanted their names to be clear of the scandal no matter what, so they would have agreed to Colvin’s demands to retire at grade, not harm anyone’s career, and keep their mouths shut regarding his job at Hopkins. Seems rather simple to me.
- Major Rawls sexuality - if you remember season 3, Brother Mazone wanted to find Omar Little to get the facts straight about his shooting in season two by Omar, he sends his side-kick into a gay bar every night until someone gives up Omar’s location. During one of those visits, it is seen plain as day that Major Rawls is sitting comfortably on a barstool in that bar. I do not recall any development of this story line at all in the final two seasons.
Does anyone remember if Major Rawls’ sexuality was ever followed up on during the last two seasons. If so, what was the plot line, when was it played out, and what was the result? If it wasn’t played out, does anyone know why?