Archive for May, 2009

The Wire

I have to admit that I haven’t been keeping up with television since becoming a student again early last year. Before then I was regularly a disciple of “So you think you can Dance” and many nondescript game shows and reality tv programs.

But just recently I borrowed the first season of HBO’s “The Wire” off a mate, and I’m really enjoying it.

The show started in 2005, and is set in West Baltimore. It paints a complex picture of what it is to be on both sides of the law in the world of narcotics. The show splits time between a team of cops and the crims they’re seeking to bring to justice. But as the picture being painted gets clearer, the divide between the law and the law breaker is dissolving…..”None are righteous, not even one.”

A few things that “The Wire” does well: great characters, well directed, and well acted. But the bullseye is the writing. It is cleverly done in two ways – plotting and banter. Two necessities for good television.

After mourning the loss of “The Sopranos” and “Twin Peaks” recently (I know the latter finished yonks ago – what can I say, I’m always a latecomer!) and feeling like nothing worthwhile was emerging (“Lost” and “Heroes” didn’t fill the void) now both “Mad Men” and “The Wire” could be well worth following for the long haul.


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