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The Wire

May 28th, 2008 (11:39 pm)
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To everyone I doubted when they said how good it was : I'm sorry.

It's been more or less constant watching of the show since I started season 1 a little while back - at least one, more likely two episodes a night. I'm not sure when I first realised I was hooked on it. Most probably the infamous Bunk and McNulty 'fuck' murder scene.

I love, adore and cherish all the characters they've introduced and seeded along the way before their stories pick up and take centre stage. I love the way that even main characters can disappear for episodes on end - and you don't even care! I've cheered at Omar's robberies, found myself rooting for people I hated a few episodes back, shook my head moaning "No, Ziggy no!", had my heart repeatedly trampled on and enjoyed watching some people grow and change for the better (not you, Herc!).

Up to episode two of the fifth season now, and it's as great as ever. I'm open mouthed and swearing non-stop at McNulty, mind you but I'm still this show's bitch.

Sorry I ever doubted you all.

(Side note from 5x02 - The woman who was speaking at the NA meeting in the opening scene has been seen on the show before. She was briefly seen in season 3 buying drugs from Bodie in Hamsterdam from the safety of a pretty nice car. She was seen again in season 4, now a hooker, having a brief chat with Old Face Andre at his store. And now in season 5 we see her pouring out her soul at an NA meeting. I didn’t notice this until it was pointed out by someone else, and I was amazed. What other show would give a nameless character such a devastating but ultimately hopeful arc and spread it out over three single scenes in three seasons? In typical Wire fashion, they just put it out there without drawing attention, and leave it up to us to notice the connection.)

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Posted by: Jason Grey (foenix)
Posted at: May 29th, 2008 01:42 am (UTC)
Goldstar

Let me know if aliens show up, then the show becomes interesting. ;)

Posted by: trinfaneb (trinfaneb)
Posted at: May 29th, 2008 02:14 am (UTC)

Your story warms my heart. I love the Wire so frickin' much! My last post before this was a shameless attempt to get SF author Joe Haldeman interested in the show :)

http://joe-haldeman.livejournal.com/76728.html?thread=99000#t99000

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Posted by: Sentimental yet sardonic (booster17)
Posted at: May 30th, 2008 02:21 pm (UTC)
Wes Insanity

Oddly enough, I find myself slowing down the watching now. Mainly because I almost don't want it to be over - every episode is taking me closer and closer to no more new Wire episodes ever to watch. :(

And what other show could have me spending the entirety of 5x03 going "McNulty, you are a complete idiot for trying this, it's all going to go horribly wrong, and you're totally utterly insane for even thinking up the serial killer idea in the first place", only to have me at the end going "Lester approves? Well, it must be okay then". No other show comes close.

Posted by: mymatedave (mymatedave)
Posted at: June 5th, 2008 11:47 am (UTC)

I've just finished watching season 5 and oh, I am happy and sad and the ending is just beautiful. As everyone else has said above, definitely one of the best shows ever on TV.

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