The Wire’s Greatest Lines

14:20 Tue 11 May 2010
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Dammit, now I feel like I have to watch the whole thing again.

(Spoilers, so you probably shouldn’t play these unless you’ve seen all five seasons.)

2 Responses to “The Wire’s Greatest Lines”

  1. garret Says:

    It was indeed a monumental examination of the “faecal gravity” that governs the comand and control management system of bureaucracy and indeed crime itself. Crime being as much about the office politic as it is about making money. It was so crafted; it was seemless in it’s delivery. The language by its very nature invited the viewer to sometimes literally lean in and pay attention to what was happening. It wasn’t for the passive person who needed to switch off after a hard day at the office. The wires understanding of “streetlife” was from the inside out and the same goes for the police force. As far as tv goes it changed perceptions that will be with us for a long time. I may just pull the curtains over and watch it all over again myself.

  2. Graham Says:

    The Wire’s tempo is so different to other drama.

    It’s been described as a novel or a love letter to Baltimore.

    I don’t know how I would describe it, myself, but one thing I am pretty sure about – it takes a grip of you slowly.

    I’m not saying I wasn’t hooked within a few episodes or that it doesn’t have traditional dramatic peaks and moments of great pay off (and yes, a cellar of excellent one liners) but juxtaposing all these rich comments together like this is every bit as jarring and irritating as the narrative itself was enthralling and delightful. It’s the complete works of Shakespeare stuffed into a film trailer. There’s no chance to breath and appreciate any of the moments. They’ve been butchered in the name of love. You’d have to be de-sensitized to smile naturally throughout. Whatever fan spliced all this together does the series a grave injustice!

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