Posted From: 188.8.131.52
|Posted on Tuesday, November 23, 2010 - 05:43 pm: |
Last night I finally watched the last episode of this truly stunning TV series.
One of my friends at work has been lending me the discs in sequence since the start of the year.
I have loved this programme and will certainly be investing in a box set of the full 5 series once Christmas is out of the way.
It shows the drug trade in downtown Baltimore in a more open light than I've seen in any tv show. The first series deals with the dealers on the streets and how police politics and corruption let them get away with things. the second series moves a little further up the chain and we see the suppliers to the street gangs start to appear. series 3 brings in the city politics in detail and how that too affects things, making it impossible for the underclasses to escape. series 4 expands it further and shows how the school system plays it's part and finally in series 5 - the media's contribution becomes obvious.
This has been one of the greatest shows ever and I truly understand where all the hype comes from.
Posted From: 184.108.40.206
|Posted on Tuesday, November 23, 2010 - 05:56 pm: |
I have the box set, Weber - haven't had the time to watch it yet, though.
Matthew Fryer (Matthew_fryer)
Posted From: 220.127.116.11
|Posted on Tuesday, November 23, 2010 - 06:46 pm: |
The Wire is brilliant for too many reasons to list.
My wife and I held off watching the final two episodes for ages, because we didn't want it all to be over.
Watched the whole thing 3 times now (FX, BBC, then DVD).
Yes, it's that good.
Posted From: 18.104.22.168
|Posted on Tuesday, November 23, 2010 - 09:25 pm: |
The only one I saw was the first - I thought it was like Death Wish without Charles Bronson in it. I only made it halfway.
Posted From: 22.214.171.124
|Posted on Tuesday, November 23, 2010 - 09:43 pm: |
I watched the first three seasons before giving up. Not bad, but not my cup of tea, I guess.
Posted From: 126.96.36.199
|Posted on Tuesday, November 23, 2010 - 09:55 pm: |
The Wire and The Sopranos. Excellent telly.
John Forth (John)
Posted From: 188.8.131.52
|Posted on Tuesday, November 23, 2010 - 10:20 pm: |
I'll chuck THE SHIELD into that mix too. One of the most brilliantly sustained cop series I've seen in a long time.
THE WIRE was grand, though. I think series two and four were probably my favourites. Four in particular - set around the school system within Baltimore - was heartbreaking.
Posted From: 184.108.40.206
|Posted on Tuesday, November 23, 2010 - 11:33 pm: |
SIX FEET UNDER is the single greatest TV show I've ever seen...genius. And I use that word with caution.
Posted From: 220.127.116.11
|Posted on Wednesday, November 24, 2010 - 09:21 am: |
It's Mad men or me, authentic, subtle, intense, un-sanitised, great characters and good, good, good stories.
I will check out The Wire.
And The Accused was once again excellent on Monday night. British TV at its best, world best that is. Honest and raw but with a huge heart beating at its unsentimental core.
Posted From: 18.104.22.168
|Posted on Wednesday, November 24, 2010 - 10:13 am: |
THE WIRE is great. Maybe it doesn't quite live up to the hype -- The Greatest TV Show EVER! -- but then how could it? Offhand I'd go with Season 4 being my favourite. The final season was actually kind of weak but I think that's partly due to there being less episodes so less space to develop the story and characters and partly due to comparing it to the high quality of what had gone before.
I've not really seen any of the other programmes mentioned here so I can't say how THE WIRE rates in comparison.