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  • Was 'The Wire' just another obstacle standing in the way of the city?

    Was 'The Wire' just another obstacle standing in the way of the city?

    Watching Baltimore try to brand itself over the past 20 years would be high melodrama if you didn’t actually live here. And we’re getting a reminder of that this week as HBO Home Video releases a 20-disc box set of the complete “The Wire” series on Blu-ray, exactly 13 years after the Baltimore-set...

  • 'The Wire' Season One: It all begins with Snotboogie

    'The Wire' Season One: It all begins with Snotboogie

    The first episode of “The Wire” opens with a shot of flashing police lights reflected in a trail of blood flowing from the body of a young black man named Snotboogie. A friend of the victim tells Officer Jimmy McNulty that Snot was shot dead by a peer for stealing during a game of craps. McNulty...

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