I LOVE The Wire!
The rundown on the show as I see it as follows.
The concept: follow a Baltimore Police Department's criminal investigation with emphasis on the various wiretaps required to bring about a
Sounds...concepty. But then again, all concepts do.
The show is great. I think the intent was that each season would be a new 'wiretap' case. But its really gone in a lot of different directions over
the seasons. First it started off with the Barksdale Gang, and that seemed to take a few seasons. All the actors are great, and the characters, the
cops, the gangsters, and the politicians and citizens, are simply fascinating.
The show has a heckuva lot of political intrigue going on too, and that seems to make in even more interesting and relevant.
Most of the earlier seasons focused on the cops, and the gangsters, the cops build their case, the gangsters build their drug empire.
The cast was almost entirely black, except for two of the cops who were white. This is an oddity for anything outside of BET, and it can't help but
be noted. THe show is very similar to the sopranos, also on HBO. The Sopranos are a bunch of murderous and vile gangsters, and the Barksdales, the
focus of the first season or two, were murderous and vile gangsters. Oddly, poeple LOVE tony soprano, and loath Evon Barksdale. I even heard someone
remark, (I think this was on a show on comedy central), on a discussion about race, something to the effect of 'watch which does better, the sopranos
or the wire'. I think that there's really something to that.
Bizzarely, not long after that, the show switched gears. The barksdale wiretap was put on hold, and all of a sudden they were investigating mob
influence on dockworkers unions, instead of italians, the mobsters were greek (big diff, eh?
) and pretty much everyone on the show except for a
few peopel were white.
That lasted for about a season. This most recent season went on a real weird tact. The wiretap "major crimes' unit was ripped up, corruption was at
its highest and most debiliating, a new player took over most of the street corners to sell drugs on, and the show kept focusing on these three young
teens in the Baltimore public school system. They basically told the same story, but different aspects of it. That season is over, and I get the
feeling that things are all coming together now.
Its really a great show. Luckily, i have HBO 'on demand'. I never get a chance to watch it on sunday nights, which is its normal time, so I just
watch it at leisure.
The frustrating thing about the show, and this is true for pretty much every HBO drama series, was that there was a HUGE delay between seasons. I had
honestly figured, after the previous season, that there wouldn't be anymore and that it was canceled. Lo and behold, they kept it or brought it back
or finally finished or whatver, and its as great as ever. Might seem lame that its about these kids, but, really, they did a great job, its absolutely
Hell, you could probably watch each and every season between now and whever the hell HBO decides to throw us a few crumbs of episodes of 'sopranos'.
DAMN HBO and its inconsisten production!!! *shakes fist, thinks about there being no more deadwood before long*
[edit on 7-12-2006 by Nygdan]