Playing the Long Shot
From "Hamsterdam," 3.04 The Wire.
f there is one common opinion in the study of The
Wire, it may be the notion that the series has no
shortage of dynamic, multi-layered characters.
Those within the police department, street corners, and
political statehouses, from drug lord Avon Barksdale to
the corrupt State Senator Clay Davis, run the
characterization gamut from ruthless to endearing to
loathsome. The Wire is — and should be — admired
for its presentation of characters who may not always
be likeable, but, without fail, ring true as ineffably
human. One problem, however, is that the characters
on The Wire who are allowed to contain complex
identities are almost always men. With few exceptions,
women in the police department, “The Game,” and