1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.

"The Wire" - Premiered 10 years ago

Discussion in 'Now Playing - TV Show Talk' started by Malcontent, Jun 2, 2012.

  1. betts4

    betts4 I am Spartacus!

    27,916
    3
    Dec 26, 2005
    A Galaxy...
    I am glad I did a forum search and read this.

    I started watching it tonight. I live in Baltimore. I drive thru some of those streets and remember seeing what is shown there.

    I watched the pilot and was like "yeah, a cop show". On the advice of TCF I will give it a few more episodes and see if I get into it. I hope so. I have heard nothing but good things about this show and want to like it.
     
  2. cheesesteak

    cheesesteak Meh.

    29,378
    136
    Jul 24, 2003
    15 mins...
    Just remember that it's not a shoot 'em up, action-y cop show. It takes a while for things to get going and it deals more with people, not events. The Wire has some of the most memorable characters I've ever encountered and almost all of them could be real people.
     
  3. madscientist

    madscientist Deregistered Snoozer

    3,924
    8
    Nov 12, 2003
    Lexington, MA
    I don't really even think The Wire is a cop show... at least not in the way most TV watchers think of "cop show". Once the season gets further along it's almost more about the neighborhoods than about the po-lice.
     
  4. betts4

    betts4 I am Spartacus!

    27,916
    3
    Dec 26, 2005
    A Galaxy...
    That's what has me interested.
     
  5. cmaas

    cmaas New Member

    16
    0
    Dec 7, 2002
    Timely thread for me! I just started watching a couple of weeks ago. Not ready to jump on the best-series-ever bandwagon yet; definitely up there though.

    BUT...

    I finished season one and was looking forward to season two. I'm two episodes in and NOT feeling it. I don't find the huge new 'docks' cast and stories compelling (really? - stained glass window is a plot point?) and my favs from the season one seem to just be drifting on the periphery.

    Now, I know enough of the bio's of some of the actors in S1 to know they'll be back, but can someone offer encouragement/assurance that it picks up soon? Was S2 the weakest season? Just a slow simmer to start? Is it just me?
     
  6. cheesesteak

    cheesesteak Meh.

    29,378
    136
    Jul 24, 2003
    15 mins...
    I like season 2. As a matter of fact, I watched season 2 before I watched season 1. It's not the best season but it has some memorable characters and moments. Season 3 gets back to the season 1 story lines. Season 4 is the best thing I've ever seen on tv.
     
  7. MikeMar

    MikeMar Go Pats

    41,923
    8
    Jan 7, 2005
    Boston...
    I'll just say that I can't think of a single show besides The Wire where there are so many characters that I feel like I know so much about, care about, root for, root against across 5 seasons than anything else.

    Not like there are a half dozen good characters, there are dozens and dozens, it's insane.
    Almost like there are no throwaway characters.
     
  8. TampaThunder

    TampaThunder Active Member

    1,183
    4
    Apr 8, 2003
    Tampa, FL
    Very well put. I saw "Bunk" in Suits the other day and immediately flashed back to the classic scene with him and McNulty. And it took me a whole season of Fringe before I could get past seeing Lance Reddick as Broyles instead of Daniels. I could go on and on. I really miss this show.
     
  9. betts4

    betts4 I am Spartacus!

    27,916
    3
    Dec 26, 2005
    A Galaxy...
    I just got thru the first three episodes and am very intrigued. I wish I could stream this instead of having to wait for a disc. Sigh.
     
  10. danterner

    danterner Not it!

    10,610
    0
    Mar 4, 2005
    Greenacres, FL
    If you have HBO, it can be streamed via HBOGO
     
  11. jradosh

    jradosh Newlywed

    17,474
    8
    Jul 31, 2001
    Herndon,...
    By the end of Season 2 I was satisfied. The dock plot didn't grab me as much as "the corner boys" stories... but ultimately there are significant tie-ins between the Greek mafia and Prop Joe and the rest that it all makes sense. And, if I recall, Marlo makes more of an appearance...
     
  12. cheesesteak

    cheesesteak Meh.

    29,378
    136
    Jul 24, 2003
    15 mins...
    This is the only show that I've watched where the characters could be real, flesh and blood people.
     
  13. Gunnyman

    Gunnyman Just a boring dude

    30,749
    2
    Jul 10, 2003
    !Texas
    Homicide: Life on the Street, a show I see as this show's parents is the same way. I really wish I could rewatch H:LOTS on Netflix.
     
  14. danterner

    danterner Not it!

    10,610
    0
    Mar 4, 2005
    Greenacres, FL
    With a couple of notable exceptions, I haven't seen many of the actors from The Wire pop up on other shows or movies. It's always fun when I catch one. Like seeing Idris Elba (Stringer Bell) in "Prometheus," or like seeing Andre Royo (Bubbles) as a cab driver in Fringe (alongside Lance Reddick, no less), or Diedre Lovejoy (Rhonda) on American Horror Story: Asylum, or Jim True-Frost (Prez) on 666 Park Ave, or Aiden Gillen (Tommy Carcetti) on Game of Thrones and then on The Dark Knight Rises. For some reason, I always have great difficulty placing where I know them from. I think it is a testament to their acting; they embodied their characters so fully on The Wire that seeing them play a different character is like watching an entirely different person.
     
  15. TampaThunder

    TampaThunder Active Member

    1,183
    4
    Apr 8, 2003
    Tampa, FL
    Yep, both created by David Simon.
     
  16. GoPackGo

    GoPackGo Active Member

    2,071
    14
    Dec 28, 2012
    The Good Wife has had a ton of actors from The Wire. The shows creators are big fans.

    http://tvline.com/2011/05/04/the-good-wife-seth-gilliam/
     

Share This Page