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Jan 28, 2008

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David Boyd

I think they're right to an extent. The city editor is boring. Too smart. Too earnest. Too clichéd. Rest of the journo stuff is OK.

Hate the McNulty serial killer plotline also. Too stupid. Thank God that Omar is going to handle it.

Ed Cone

Yep, and the big boss editor is too stupid, the ambitious reporter too transparent, the Post editors last night didn't seem to have internets to look at the ambitious guy's clips, as previously noted at Slate the Sun doesn't seem to have internets, either...

I do like the copy editor stuff. I love copy editors.

I'm enjoying the Slate series, but I disagreed when they said Marlo's sudden interest in his money and Clay Davis panic were big changes for their characters -- Marlo's financial education is character development, and Clay's panic is plot development -- sheeeeeit, the man's in trouble, although he managed to smile for the cameras last night.

Ian McDowell

I do agree that journalists are being overly "sensitive," if that's the right word, about the journalism stuff. Yes, Gus is one of the show's rare pure good guys, but he's not the first. Bunny Colvin was a pretty damn noble tragic hero, too. And while Scott may be a one-dimensional asshole, he's not the first of those to be on the show, either (the black cop who abused the kids last season being one example).

I've not had a chance to watch next week's episode On Demand yet, but probably will tonight, as it looks like there's already going to be a shoot-out between Omar and Chris and/or Snoop (obviously, it may not be a decisive one, considering that the season is only half over).

I don't mind the faux serial killer stuff, myself, depending on where it goes. McNulty seems self-destructive (and angry) enough to do it, and even Lester's agreement didn't seem entirely out of character.

Now if only our local versions of Clay Davis (and we certainly have them) could say "sheeeeeeeeit!" with such style.

David Boyd

I like Marlo's development. No question of what a brutal bastard he is, but he's not the guy doing the beating. He's getting others to do it for him. Got to be a reason they follow him. I'm enjoying Chris too this season. One helluva COO. Marlo and Chris are Avon and Stringer 2.0. They're the logical extension.

Jerry Bledsoe

I haven’t seen a single episode of The Wire and don’t expect to. But David Simon’s books, like those of Randy Shilts, prove him to be among the great reporters of our age. In real life, too, Simon stands up to the bureaucrats who now hold the title of editor at most newspapers despite few discernible journalistic skills, no sense of reality, and total fealty to corporate bosses. No matter his abilities as a TV dramatist, for that, alone, Simon should be hailed as a hero to genuine truth seekers.

Ed Cone

The Wire is a great work of reporting, and a work of art as well.

Also, great entertainment. Worth renting.

Danny Wright

Omar will work them all, eat a bowl of Honey Nut, smoke a pack of New'poht, and ride off into the sunset. While The Wire is full of depressing ends and tragic storylines, I just have to hope that Marlo gets his in the end.

I will say this, Jamie Hector knows how to portray a sociopath to a "T". Those empty eyes . . .

David Boyd

I haven’t seen a single episode of The Wire and don’t expect to.

Not that The Wire is the Second Coming or anything, but, JB, if you unexpectedly do watch someday, you'll regret not having watched sooner.

gate

We want Omar to mess up Cheese nice and slow for selling out Butchie. Then we want him to make Marlo beg.

Ian McDowell

Has anyone else watched Episode 5 (the one that will air this coming Sunday) on HBO On Demand yet? If so, I have a question about the final thing on the soundtrack.

The newsroom stuff may not be everybody's cup of tea, but it does seem more authentic than any other TV show I've seen about reporters, including LOU GRANT. I would like to see these scenes play out more as ensemble mini-dramas than "The Gus Show," as the other old hands are great (especially the bearded grammarian fat guy) and could stand some more screen time, but I'm finding them pretty compelling.

Another thing the show captures particularly well, and which Jerry Bledsoe would probably like about the show, is the rhetorical style by which corrupt African-American politicians like Clay Davis operate. Don't get me wrong; I don't think that black political corruption is more common than the white variety, but the memes are different, particularly when it comes playing the race card and appeals to the community, and Clay Davis would be a familiar figure right here in Greensboro. THE WIRE gives more varied and interesting roles to African-American performers than anything else on TV and Simon is obviously liberal (I don't know about Burns), but his show doesn't exactly bend over to be "Politically Correct" (an opprobrium I hate, as it's a pejorative favored by braying barstool boors who proclaim their fearless iconoclasm by telling fag and n*gger jokes, but don't get me started on that rant).

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