When coming to a show like The Wire so much later than everyone else, it's interesting to see what people tell you to look forward to. I've had many conversations along the lines of:
"Oh, you're finally watching The Wire?!? How far have you gotten?"
"Just finished Season 1."
"OMG - Season (3/4/5) is the best. That's the season where - oh, but I don't want to spoil it for you. You totally need to let me know when you get there so we can talk about it..."
Oddly, nobody (seriously, nobody) ever mentions Season 2 as being worth spoiling. It's like the red-headed stepchild of Wire seasons.
And so, devoid of both spoilers and heightened expectations, I was able to begin Season 2 blissfully ignorant of whatever it entails.
And what the early part of Season 2 seems to entail is a playground style pissing contest between Major Valchek and Frank Sobotka. I was not expecting that. I also find it incredibly entertaining that the driving force behind this season's major case is going to be a petty, personal dispute over a stained glass window in a church.
It seems totally contrived, and yet, looking at the recent political stories coming out of DC these days, it is at the same time, totally realistic...