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How Deep Can It Get

  • Oct 11, 2006
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Unlike the Amzon.com editorial review I don't think the wire hooks you after the first episode, actually I think it's like that with both the first and second season. The beginning episodes actually may turn some people off of it but you have to keep watching. Everybody starts out swearing way too much, I mean they can't go three regular words without swearing and your trying to figure out why the cast looks so dumb and why you can barely understand them. You have to push yourself through the first couple episodes to get to the real quality episodes and that's when you're hooked. Not only the cast does a great job but also the writers did a great job of basically knowing Baltimore in and out. They have the slang, the accents, the attitudes, and the gritty drug and political wars right on point. I've been to Baltimore myself but I have never seen the other side of it and that's where it all goes down.

The Wire shows the intelligence of Baltimore crime and the fearlessness of all the little soldiers doing the top dogs dirty work on the good guys side and bad guys side. The acting is real and it is so good that they make you believe that they're the characters they're playing. You sure won't find a love story in the wire because everybody wants money, respect, and respect. The story is great because you don't truly know who's good and who's bad like Stringer Bell played by Idris Elba who is the right hand man of Avon Barksdale, Barksdale is basically running Baltimore's drug dealing and all the crime possible. In reality Avon would have been caught if it wasn't for Stringer who is a genius, he goes to school for business and takes all the dirty money and makes it untraceable by buying all the property he can. The funny thing though is that none of the property is in either Avon or Stringer's name so if they ever get caught nobody can touch it.

In a way you could say that Stringer is a street savior because he's buying up property and making it black owned but the process of getting the money to do it is killing the young and old people in the community. Stringer is one of my favorite characters but my absolute favorite is Omar played by Michael Kenneth Williams. Now I have to admit he is a little hard to get used to especially when you find about his not so well kept secret, Ok I'll give you a hint, he went to jail and got out liking not having a girlfriend. Omar is also sort of like a street savior because he's one of the worst types of stick up kids you could ever run into. He robs the drug dealers and he takes everything possible. Plus Omar is the cat that gives that extra gun slinging action to the series because he fears no one and even crazier everybody fears him. The wire is a very addictive series and so I suggest watching it on a weekend and if the first few episodes turn you off a little please don't stop watching.

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After one episode ofThe Wireyou'll be hooked. After three, you'll be astonished by the precision of its storytelling. After viewing all 13 episodes of the HBO series' remarkable first season, you'll be cheering a bona-fide American masterpiece. Series creator David Simon was a veteran crime reporter fromThe Baltimore Sunwho cowrote thebookthat inspired TV'sHomicide, and cowriter Ed Burns was a Baltimore cop, lending impeccable street-cred to an inner-city Baltimore saga (and companion piece toThe Corner) that Simon aptly describes as "a visual novel" and "a treatise on institutions and individuals" as opposed to a conventional good-vs.-evil police procedural. Owing a creative debt to the novels of Richard Price (especiallyClockers), the series opens as maverick Detective Jimmy McNulty (Dominic West, in a star-making role) is tapping into a vast network of drugs and death around southwest Baltimore's deteriorating housing projects. With a mandate to get results ASAP, a haphazard team is assembled to join McNulty's increasingly complex investigation, built upon countless hours of electronic surveillance.

The show's split-perspective plotting is so richly layered, so breathtakingly authentic and based on finely drawn characters brought to life by a perfect ensemble cast, that it defies concise description. Simon, Burns, and their cowriters control every intricate aspect of the unfolding epic; directors are top-drawer (including Clark Johnson, helmer of The Shield's finest ...

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Genre: Television, Drama
Studio: HBO Home Video
DVD Release Date: October 12, 2004

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