The Wire Season 3 Episode 1: Time after Time. When the series left the harbor docks to focus on the sullen streets of West Baltimore, many fans no doubt breathed a sigh of relief. Simon and company's expansion of their tale of a city on the verge of moral collapse to the waterfront in the second season seemed to be just a foray, and not an entirely successful one. (I thought Year Two had some weak moments but overall was enormously entertaining.) Opening the new season with the demolition of the Barksdale organization's beloved highrises signaled changes coming, but as the dust from the crumbling wreckage indicated, there would be stifling fallout. It was a clever visual effect.