Posted 10 August 2011 - 03:36 PM
What did you think of the story arc given to the Bubbles character?
Did Season Four tear at your heart like it did mine? It was the Fourth Season, everything from the first three seasons suddenly being forced upon 4 little kids, that I suddenly was overcome with what David Simon was doing for us.
Posted 10 August 2011 - 04:07 PM
“[The US government's war on drugs is] nothing more or less than a war on our underclass, succeeding only in transforming our democracy into the jailingest nation on the planet.”
Wow. The mold was broken after Simon, wasn't it? You've got to admire his prickly consistency and his immunity to the praise of the powerful.
Posted 11 November 2011 - 04:23 PM
This is a pretty accurate statement, I think. I love Homicide, for what it's worth (I'm glad I italicized that!), but I have to disagree with Christian...as perfect as the first few seasons were (and they really were), they started losing me each season after that.
But lovable characters in the Wire? I don't know if a week goes by that I don't think about one of them with a smile.
Do I think of them often? Not as often as you do, Jason, but I do think of them sometimes. That’s not to say that I loved the characters. I agree that they’re memorable, many of them.
Darren: I have the heart of Tom Reagan. In answer to your questions, No, no, no, no, no and no. I did have a soft spot for Lester, Bubbles and even Clay Davis (!), but I didn’t love those characters the way I loved Frank Pembleton, or Kay Howard – or even John Lange, who, as played by Vincent D'Onofrio, made a huge impression for just one episode.
The single commenter who swam against the tide by suggesting that The Wire is an inferior version of Homicide: Life on the Street, was quickly taken to task by other commenters. (We cannot at this time verify the Wire-skeptic’s whereabouts.)
Posted 02 March 2012 - 03:26 PM
Posted 06 March 2012 - 11:37 AM
This is a bracket I can get into. The Grantland Facebook page has the polls running, it seems. But Levy beating Wallace? Really?
Posted 11 March 2012 - 04:54 PM
Season 4 was, bar none, the most moving television experience of my life. Other seasons were more exciting, more invigorating, but the character work in season 4 was the finest in the series. By the end of it, my wife and I were devastated.
Season 5 was good, and served as an effective end-cap for the show, but on the whole, it's probably my least favorite season. In part because it's painful, given that it centers on the implications of a few destructive choices, but also because its look at the media isn't particularly vivid.
Posted 11 March 2012 - 06:23 PM
I thought the same thing, which is strange, since David Simon was a reporter before he worked in television.
Posted 19 January 2013 - 12:24 AM
This is a little over a month after the death of Donnie Andrews, the real-life inspiration for Omar. As things work in David Simon's world, Andrews also had a smaller supporting role in the show.