Thats crazy that this was brought up just now because I swear to you I just finished rewatching season 2 of The Wire not more than an hour ago. It took me a mere 4 days. I really don't understand the criticism that season 2 gets for being "slow". The storyline and dialogue keeps that sh*t interesting from the first second to the last. Sure there's not as much street sh*t. Not as much Bodie or Avon or Stringer or Omar, but the intricacy of the writing plus how it sets up the remaining seasons makes season 2 arguably the best season imo. Not the most entertaining, but the best.
It gave you the whole, much bigger picture of the Baltimore criminal underworld. I love season 2. I'm fine with less junkies, murders, and street corners. I like to see the inner workings.
Here's the thing most of the season two supporters don't understand. When people hear of The Wire, the thing they find appealing is that it's pretty much known as the realest street show of all time. Now, I'm far from a hood dude, but that type of sh*t is still entertaining to me every now and again, and to hear that The Wire pulled it off perfectly, that's what drew me and most other people in, and that's what we went into it expecting. Then season two caught us completely off guard. That's not why we got into the show. Season two is good as a stand-alone season. But as a part of the bigger picture, it is clearly the weakest season. And there is a reason 95 percent of viewers agree with that sentiment.