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We Own this City - HBO - (***Spoilers***) David Simon

  • 16-03-2022 10:43pm
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    Starts April 25th

    Based on the book by Baltimore Sun reporter Justin Fenton, We Own This City chronicles the rise and fall of the Baltimore Police Department’s Gun Trace Task Force and the corruption and moral collapse that befell an American city in which the policies of drug prohibition and mass arrest were championed at the expense of actual police work.

    Cast includes Jon Bernthal, Wunmi Mosaku, Jamie Hector, McKinley Belcher III, Darrell Britt-Gibson, Josh Charles, Dagmara Domińczyk, Rob Brown, Don Harvey, David Corenswet, Larry Mitchell, Ian Duff, Delaney Williams, and Lucas Van Engen.



  • Registered Users Posts: 456 ✭✭EarWig

    Looks good....

  • Registered Users Posts: 84,646 ✭✭✭✭JP Liz V1

    David Simon and Jon Bernthal, I am sold

  • Registered Users Posts: 531 ✭✭✭den87

    Sold. HBO has a lot of good stuff coming. Pity HBO Max isn’t available here as Sky isn’t picking up all of the shows.

  • Registered Users Posts: 876 ✭✭✭DrZeuss

    Getting very much "The Wire" vibe there from the description, and then same producer in the video....that's me sold too!

  • Registered Users Posts: 60,261 ✭✭✭✭Agent Coulson

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  • Registered Users Posts: 10,501 ✭✭✭✭Slydice

    lot of recognisable faces there

  • Registered Users Posts: 60,261 ✭✭✭✭Agent Coulson

    Exactly what you would expect from David Simon and his team a top class opening episode.

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    Marlo and Poot from the Wire. Also recognised the Beat cop from the Deuce was playing a detective in the interview room at the start. Bernthal is fantastic

    EDIT: Just seen Slim Charles from the Wire is in it too, and Jay Landsmann

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  • Registered Users Posts: 24,138 ✭✭✭✭Sleepy

    David Simon doing a show about the Baltimore PD with a load of alumni from The Wire? This should be brilliant!

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,981 ✭✭✭steve_r

    Watched the first episode and it felt very like The Wire, which is a good thing for me

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  • Registered Users Posts: 876 ✭✭✭DrZeuss

    Whoa, did not realise this was out yet. Fantastic!

  • Registered Users Posts: 16,518 ✭✭✭✭yabadabado

    Slim was the guy with his kid in the car.Cop hassled him and throw away cards from wallet.

    Landsman is the police chief .

    Looking at the cast list there is a few more familiar faces dye to pop up over the course of the show.

  • Registered Users Posts: 9,504 ✭✭✭billyhead

    A good opening episode. Great to see some of the former wire cast involved.

  • Registered Users Posts: 6,819 ✭✭✭Gusser09

    Looks good. Probably the closest we will ever get to a season 6 of the wire.

  • Registered Users Posts: 10,501 ✭✭✭✭Slydice

    Soo.. does it feel weekly.. or bingeable?

    I got my Wire in binge format.. like.. consuming all the seasons in rapid succession.. that was good! Followed by rewatching with the commentary.. which was fantastic.

  • Registered Users Posts: 876 ✭✭✭DrZeuss

    Decent first episode (albeit confusing) but it doesn't feel like the usual polished HBO production, the acting felt a bit off at times for me. Also doesn't feel anything like The Wire and having some characters swap roles between The Wire and this felt a bit distracting.

    The pronunciation of Shropshire is really grating too, it may well be correct in the context but it just sounds so wrong.

  • Registered Users Posts: 16,518 ✭✭✭✭yabadabado

    Kinda off topic but I'd highly recommend the book the series is based on.It was only about £3 on Kindle store.

    Its scary the stuff they were getting up to.

  • Registered Users Posts: 28,771 ✭✭✭✭CastorTroy

    The jumping about can be confusing.

    Seems to be at least 3 main timelines: Jenkins early days on the force, the timeline being talked about in the interviews and the timeline where the woman from DoJ is interviewing. Are the guys with the wire up in that timeline as well?

    Then have the random ones like Jenkins and his crew getting taken in.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,981 ✭✭✭steve_r

    That's my take on it too - Jenkins early days and how he became corrupt, the investigation into the corruption, and then the aftermath of the arrests.

    The aftermath piece I feel would have been better left to the last episode - I don't think jumping around in the timelines helps to tell the story.

    Maybe because it's six episodes in they've decided to do things differently.

    At the risk of appearing dense, I don't see how Jamie Hector's murder investigation ties in with the bigger story.

  • Registered Users Posts: 28,771 ✭✭✭✭CastorTroy

    Have to watch this week's episode but it might be the case that somehow brings down Hersl, since I don't think he's in prison with the others?

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  • Registered Users Posts: 16,518 ✭✭✭✭yabadabado

    I was wondering the same thing about the murder case and I'd guess it comes back on the cops being involved .

  • Registered Users Posts: 19,885 ✭✭✭✭2smiggy

    could Hersl be the good guy all along ??

    have not seen episode 3 yet myself

  • Registered Users Posts: 28,771 ✭✭✭✭CastorTroy

    And was wrong about the murder case. Though we did see that detective's earlier days.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,290 ✭✭✭BruteStock

    Jon Bernthal looks like Burt from Sesame Street in this.

  • Registered Users Posts: 60,261 ✭✭✭✭Agent Coulson

    Scary that this is all based on real events.

  • Registered Users Posts: 3,762 ✭✭✭Did you smash it

    Creator of the wire David Simon’s latest, true story of the Gun trace task force; a very very dirty unit within the Baltimore police department.

    I’m 4 episodes in. It’ll pop up on sky Atlantic next month.

    it’s good stuff. Not as good as the wire, mind. Anyone else watching?

  • Registered Users Posts: 28,771 ✭✭✭✭CastorTroy

    Thread here:

    But yeah it's good so far. Timelines are getting less confusing.

  • Registered Users Posts: 19,885 ✭✭✭✭2smiggy

    watched episode 4 last night. Wayne Jenkins is not such a nice guy after all haha. Really enjoying the series thou.

  • Registered Users Posts: 3,900 ✭✭✭trashcan

    Oh yes. Count me in. Is it confirmed for Sky Atlantic ? Any start date ?

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  • Registered Users Posts: 24,138 ✭✭✭✭Sleepy

    I downloaded the first episode, need to finish a few other things before we really get stuck in.