The Wire Season 4 – spoiler
Paul Simon was a reporter on the Baltimore Sun, seems S5 is the most accurate depiction of a newsroom ever put on film.
I read his first book "Homicide" on holiday, really fabulous bit of true crime writing. He basically lived with a detective squad for a whole year before he even got to writing the book.Posted 8 years ago
I know most of you saw all this years ago, just finished series 4 via BBC2 last night. It has all been said before but
THIS IS THE BEST TV EVER.
I actually found it pretty hard to watch, focusing as it did on the failures of the school system and the hellish situation those kids find themselves in. Good teachers, foster parents and cops just swimming against the tide in a hopeless situation.
It seemed like a pretty conventional cops and robbers show but the more it goes on the more angry and political it gets.
Roll on series 5.Posted 8 years ago
I've got the book waiting for me to read it. David Simon you mean. Unless Art Garfunkel's former partner has branched out.
As a former local newspaper reporter myself, I found the newsroom scenes more realistic than most – but still drastically over-simplified and highly unlikely.
But it was the McNulty-related storyline (trying not to spoil it for people) that really got my goat.
Quite a serious mis-fire at the end of an amazing, amazing show IMO.Posted 8 years ago
Yes Pauls brother David is the writer (ahem).
Sounds like I'm going to be suitably disappointed by S5 then. I love that they make no concessions to convention or playing to the audience, sympahthetic characters get killed off at the drop of a hat (Stringer, Bodie) regardless how central they might feel to the story.
……there has been a lot of talk about race on STW lately, as ever. Strange thing about the Wire, I found I stopped even thinking about colour of individuals. Maybe it is because the cast is 70-80% black but I dont think so, not sure why…..Posted 8 years agomonkeychildMember
I really just couldn't get into the wire. I have *cough* acquired all the seasons, but after watching the first few eps of season 1 I felt slightly underwhelmed. I thought it was quite slow and struggled to stay awake, I also had this problem with predictable break err I mean prison break 😆 Oh and season 3 of 24.Posted 8 years ago
As a side note has anyone watched the beast?? It's jolly good imho, Patrick Swayze is a right hard ass in it 😆
monkeychild I did exactly the same. Heard about it, watched a couple of S1, gave up, heard some more hype, tried again, got no further. Charlie Brooker then wrote a piece on it, he knows his onions, decided to give it another go and as above, the penny just dropped.
S2 I loved most so far. I think the whole show is actually all about the subversion of work but is explicately so looking at the dockers.
Favourite all time scene? McNulty and Bunk revisit a cold murder scene, only dialogue "****, ****…(repeat)…."Posted 8 years agonoteethMember
Possibly the most compelling TV series – ever!
Hard to pick favourite scenes, but I would include: Bunk's epic, epic speech to Omar on "how far we done fell", Bodie's last stand and the incredibly eerie moment when Lester Freamon susses out that the vacants are tombs.
Praise be to BBC2. WTF I am going to do with my evenings after S5? 😯Posted 8 years ago
Why is this tucked away on BBC2 close to midnight? Should be on BBC1 after the news at 1030. Most of the really great US shows never get the audience they deserve because the Beeb likes making its own stuff (and the budget that comes with them) so fill prime-time with 2nd rate guff.
ITV no better, I mean who EVER watches ITV1 for anything other than Champions League?Posted 8 years agoTroutWrestlerMember
I'm a teacher. I think S4 should be prescribed viewing for CPD for all teachers. Pres's journey and the trauma of the urban youth is excellently portrayed. The only problem is that you'd have to convince doubters to watch S1, S2 and S3, which I thought were excellent too, but you know how teachers love to whine about how busy they are.
I watched the last episode of S5 on a rainy day in Nelson, BC, and knowing there was no more to come left me on a real downer. Probably the best TV I've ever watched.Posted 8 years ago
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