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The Wire-Is it any good?

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  • Registered Users Posts: 1,780 ✭✭✭hold my beer


    Just finished S01 E10. I'm completely hooked again. What a show.


  • Registered Users Posts: 3,953 ✭✭✭trashcan


    Homicide: LOTS is a very good series. It does seem to suffer from network/studio interference in the later years alright. There are few parallels to Andre Braugher's portrayal of Frank Pembleton that I can think of.

    Don’t know if people know this (I’m sure at least some do) but Homicide was sort of a forerunner of the Wire. It came from a book by David Simon and Ed Burns, who wrote the Wire, based on Burns experiences as a Baltimore detective. Probably the reason the Wire feels so authentic.


  • Registered Users Posts: 3,057 ✭✭✭civdef


    My favourite Wire trivia is Jay Landsman (actor & serving cop) was turned down to play the role of himself.


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,550 ✭✭✭Ardillaun


    I can’t think of a series that describes the toll drugs have taken on Black America more thoroughly than The Wire. Simon obviously has a left-wing viewpoint but the characters are so well drawn they escape any didactic intent. The unlikely redemption of Bubbles becomes a central story in the show and one of its sunnier themes. I thought the depiction of Baltimore schools in Season 4 was over the top until I saw a documentary on the subject that was at least as alarming.

    So, yes, well worth a watch. I did have the subtitles on. Some of the lingo is hard to catch.


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    civdef wrote: »
    My favourite Wire trivia is Jay Landsman (actor & serving cop) was turned down to play the role of himself.

    My favourite wire trivia is that the deep bass male voice singing the chorus of "love and affection" with joan armatrading is mr natural police himself, lester freamon


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  • Registered Users Posts: 4,603 ✭✭✭golfball37


    More trivia- Bubbles NA sponsor waylon is the man who wrote the song Galway Girl.


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    Best scene in the wire is the lie detector test



  • Registered Users Posts: 15,896 ✭✭✭✭Seve OB


    Pat Kenny show on Newstalk going to be Reviewing the Wire shortly


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    neonsofa wrote: »
    I've tried to watch it multiple times. Got as far as mid season three, just don't want to stick with it while watching. Can't get hooked like other people. Just don't get it.

    It's funny, mid-season three is the point at which the payoff begins, in my opinion. By that stage the universe of characters and the connections between them start to really become apparent. I would heartily recommend continuing if you have time.


  • Moderators, Science, Health & Environment Moderators Posts: 23,209 Mod ✭✭✭✭godtabh


    Best scene in the wire is the lie detector test


    No its not. This is



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  • Registered Users Posts: 4,603 ✭✭✭golfball37


    Omar in the courtroom for me


  • Registered Users Posts: 172 ✭✭bauney


    Anyone who loved The Wire (which I did), David Simon did a earlier mini series called "The Corner". Its on youtube. Its about life on the street corner in late 90's Baltimore with alot of same actors (who are much younger) but are playing completely different roles. Real tough and harrowing but well worth a watch. This series came from his book as seen here
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Corner:_A_Year_in_the_Life_of_an_Inner-City_Neighborhood
    Reading it now. Excellent. A lot of the same issues are seen in the Wire but are expanded further in the wire though.

    My list of David Simon programs to watch (in my opinion so don't attack)
    The Wire
    The Corner
    Deuce (New York Porn Industry in 70s,80s,90)
    Treme (New Orleans Post Hurricane Katrina)

    Some acting from Bunk (Wendell Pierce) and Lester (Clarke Peters) above.


  • Registered Users Posts: 3,350 ✭✭✭.red.


    Seve OB wrote: »
    Pat Kenny show on Newstalk going to be Reviewing the Wire shortly

    It is kind of strange they're reviewing a 20 year old show?
    Was it any good?


  • Registered Users Posts: 13,505 ✭✭✭✭Mad_maxx


    golfball37 wrote: »
    More trivia- Bubbles NA sponsor waylon is the man who wrote the song Galway Girl.

    Steve Earle

    copperhead road is a great song


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,909 ✭✭✭Chuck Noland


    Currently on season 2 where the band is getting back together

    Fantastic series and just as good on my second go around as the first!


  • Registered Users Posts: 15,896 ✭✭✭✭Seve OB


    .red. wrote: »
    It is kind of strange they're reviewing a 20 year old show?
    Was it any good?

    It’s not really. Lots of people still haven’t seen it.
    They have a segment on the show where they review classics


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,906 ✭✭✭Cazale


    golfball37 wrote:
    More trivia- Bubbles NA sponsor waylon is the man who wrote the song Galway Girl.

    Mad_maxx wrote:
    Steve Earle

    I've a few Steve Earle albums but he is one of those artists I haven't looked up too much otherwise. Never knew that was him.


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,228 ✭✭✭bullpost


    Cazale wrote: »
    I've a few Steve Earle albums but he is one of those artists I haven't looked up too much otherwise. Never knew that was him.

    Hes also in Treme iirc.

    For anyone remotely interested in music or indeed the politics of Hurricane Katrina, Treme is a must. It also features some of the cast of the Wire, but musically some great guest performances from Spider Stacey of the Pogues, Steve Earle , Doctor John etc.


  • Registered Users Posts: 3,050 ✭✭✭Vic_08


    Best scene in the wire is the lie detector test


    Wonder where they got that idea from?



  • Registered Users Posts: 3,057 ✭✭✭civdef


    No its not. This is

    A masterpiece of the English language


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  • Registered Users Posts: 3,953 ✭✭✭trashcan


    Best scene in the wire is the lie detector test


    My favourite is the one of them trying to get the desk through the door.


  • Moderators, Entertainment Moderators, Regional South East Moderators Posts: 9,081 Mod ✭✭✭✭ziedth


    I often reference this show (and more recently you could say Line of Duty but to a lesser extent) that they made the brave decision not to even attempt to spoon feed people exposition or slang or police terminology....... if you cant keep up well then tough ****...... I can't fully remember when I watched this but it wasn't at a time that you would go online if you missed something in an episode and catch up that way.

    For that alone I always had allot of time for it but it touches very closely to my top 5 TV shows of all time. I didn't love Season 2 and the McNulty taking the serial killer thing just came too out of left field to sit right but the remainder some of the best TV ever made. I mist go about a rewatch next winter


  • Administrators, Computer Games Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 32,209 Admin ✭✭✭✭✭Mickeroo


    Cazale wrote: »
    I've a few Steve Earle albums but he is one of those artists I haven't looked up too much otherwise. Never knew that was him.

    Copperhead Road is probably his most well known song I would think (at least outside of Ireland). This is one of his songs at the end of season 2 also:



  • Registered Users Posts: 2,550 ✭✭✭Ardillaun


    I preferred this from near the end of Season 2: Frank Sobotka heading to meet The Greek to the mournful strains of Stelios Kazantzidis:

    https://youtu.be/JBfxY8auhhI

    Among the top American dramatic series, I’ve never seen such a contrast between Season 1 and 2 - a whole different angle on the illegal drug industry.


  • Registered Users Posts: 12,537 ✭✭✭✭Snake Plisken


    Binged this show a few weeks ago on HBO Max and really enjoyed it, I did find the last season to be the weakest and probably best they ended it there. Still well worth watching


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,780 ✭✭✭hold my beer


    Binged this show a few weeks ago on HBO Max and really enjoyed it, I did find the last season to be the weakest and probably best they ended it there. Still well worth watching


    You getting HBO max from Ireland?


  • Registered Users Posts: 12,537 ✭✭✭✭Snake Plisken


    You getting HBO max from Ireland?

    Yeah have to him through a lot of hoops
    VPN to US
    set up google account based in US
    Tied my PayPal to google play store downloaded the hbo max app onto phone and subscribed with monthly fee coming from US Google play account.
    Have HBO on my Nvidia shield android tv box and have to have vpn running on it for the app to work.
    A bit of work but worth it for HBO back catalog of shows and first run movies works out around €13.34 a month which isn't bad


  • Registered Users Posts: 726 ✭✭✭athlone573


    Y'all reminded me how good this is

    Some great characters including McNulty and Omar. It's a slow build and not as dramatic as Breaking Bad but the better for it, in my view. The docks season was my favourite, season 2 if I remember rightly.

    I rebought after lending the box set to someone that's how good it is.


  • Moderators, Science, Health & Environment Moderators Posts: 23,209 Mod ✭✭✭✭godtabh


    civdef wrote: »
    A masterpiece of the English language

    says the man who forgot his full stop.

    I remember watching Season 1 for the first time. The arc in it was unreal. You needed to concentrate on it. A lot of people couldn't get passed that/.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 2,550 ✭✭✭Ardillaun


    Simon deliberately left The Wire with rough edges which gives it the feel of a documentary at times.


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