Tuesday, August 18, 2009

I'm not going to lie to you

For my 12 or so regular readers out there, I'm aware that I've been slow with posts recently. Apologies.

I'd like to say this is because I've been catching up on my reading or due to heavier than normal workloads. But the truth is I bought all five seasons of The Wire about a month ago. This is about 60 hours of solid watching. It takes focus and determination to work through these night after night but this is what I've been doing. I strongly recommend it.


Nick McGivney said...

Now I've been over this and over this in my mind, as I have gotten inexorably pulled into the BBC reruns of Baltimore's answer to Eastenders. I think it is brilliant, let me state.
But just tell me, now that it's very fresh for you, is there a single, solitary instance of a shred of a scintilla of ANYthing positive in this entire show? I mean one ray of uplifting light? I have seen prob two seasons' worth here and there, and I have yet to find it.

Yrs, wndrn

Kevin Kent said...

Ditto Paul. Nearly finished Series 5 and loving it. Not sure about the Sopranos comparisons, it doesn't measure up for me.

Pat Quirke said...

Still nothing as good as Lost...imo.

Chewy (Thinkhouse) said...

Life ain't all roses Nick, especially in Baltimore it seems. One (of the many) things that makes the show so great is its uncompromising attitude when it comes to happy endings.

The system is flawed, whether it's the police dept, the unions, politics, the schools, wherever. 'The game' seems to be the only place with a true code.

The bonus discs are a deadly insight into real life Bmore. Interviews with cast and writers and even a former Bmore mayor.

Best show ever made imo.

Nick McGivney said...

@Chewy :)
I actually saw a split second last night where the right guy got the right girl, but the moment was gone before I got a chance to smile triumphantly. Not disputing its brilliance. Would love to know the demographic split on viewership. It's a very safe way to get vicarious ghetto thrills if you're a middle class white boy.

David Quinn said...

Your lack of recent posting is totally forgiven. Say no more. I went through the same thing earlier this year. BTW what lessons in marketing can we learn from Avon Barksdale, Stringer Bell, Marlo and Carcetti?

Paul Dervan said...

I think we would all be better people if we acted more like Omar. He has joined my heros (alongside the likes of Peter Löwenbräu Griffin)