Introducing…Talking The Wire

This was supposed to post yesterday, but it didn’t.  WP is funny like that at times.  But you should be able to expect updates on this little project every Wednesday.

My Friend Amy and I really should not be allowed to talk or e-mail or twitter.  Ever.  Because well…we chat about things, and then wonder whey they don’t exist and decide that we should do something about it.  This time we were chatting about television shows, George Pelecanos, and The Wire.  This time we brought Elizabeth from As Usual, I Need More Shelves along for the ride.  We’re going to watch and discuss The Wire every week.  We’re aiming to go through two episodes each time.  I am so excited beacuse I have been very interested in watching the show, but you basically have to do something drastic to make me sit and watch tv.   This is that something drastic.

Take a look at what Netflix had to say about Season 1 of The Wire:

Creator David Simon’s gritty HBO drama takes an unflinching look at Baltimore’s drug culture, through the eyes of both the dealers and the police. Season 1 follows the investigation of a violent drug-dealing crew known as the Barksdale Organization. But the line between good and bad is blurred, as the cops push the boundaries of morality while even the hardened criminals display flashes of humanity. Dominic West stars as detective Jimmy McNulty.

Last week Elizabeth, Amy and I exchanged some preliminary thoughts on The Wire:

How did you first hear about The Wire?

Nicole: I don’t really know.  The Wire was one of those shows that over time just seeped into my consciousness.  Everyone was always talking about how good it was and how realistic, but I am pretty sure that I might have been in the middle of watching Oz On Demand and that was all of the gritty realism that I could take at the time.  The Wire was also on on that time when it was impossible to hear anything bad about HBO programming.  They literally could do no wrong- even though I am still mad that they canceled Carnivale before I could figure out exactly what was going on.Amy: Well, I think I probably read about it on the TV sites.  I used to read TV blogs and TV Guide Online everyday before books marched in and took over my whole life.  I don’t have HBO so I couldn’t watch it.  But unlike any other media art form, I almost always trust television critics.  They really know their stuff so if they liked the Wire, I figured it was at least worth my time.Elizabeth: I was watching the fantastic show Six Feet Under on HBO when The Wire premiered, so I knew about it right from the start. (And Nicole – I hear you about Carnivale – my husband and I still have dreams that some other station will pick that series up and at least give it an ending!)

Were you interested in watching it right away? If you were what stopped you?  You do realize this show is no longer on the air, don’t you?
Nicole: I was watching Oz all of the time and didn’t have any room for The Wire. But I also think that I may have tried to watch a few episodes in the middle of the series and couldn’t get into, and just thought it was best to not join in watching in the middle.
I’ve never had HBO so I couldn’t watch it when it was on.  I’ve been interested in watching it for a long time though.  If you tell me it’s well written, I’ll probably be interested.
Elizabeth – I initially dismissed it as just another “cop show”  – I knew that if it was made by HBO it would probably be good, but it wasn’t until I started hearing raves about it that I actually decided to watch it at some point in the future.

What have you heard about the show?

Amy: Just that it’s incredible, very dark and gritty.
Nicole:I have heard the same thing as Amy.  It’s supposed to be super realistic.
Elizabeth – gritty and realistic, and apparently “the best show ever on television”.

What are your expectations on the show?  Is there anything in particular you are looking forward to or dreading?

Amy: I’m interested in how I handle the darker side of it, if I’ll be appreciate the art through it.
Nicole: I am expecting to watch a good show.  I read The Turnaround by George Pelecanos and I really enjoyed reading it so I am very curious to see his work on the small screen.  This was one of those shows that was discussed around the “water cooler”, so I am hoping that Amy, Elizabeth and I will be able to have those moments as well.
Elizabeth – I’ve seen SO much praise for The Wire that I have incredibly high expectations. I almost worry going into it that there is no way it can live up to the hype surrounding it. I’ll be interested to see if I can get over the “cop show” aspects, because I don’t normally find those all that interesting.

Thoughts on The Wire?  Is it worth us making such a big fuss over?  Want to watch with us?  We’ll be talking about epis 1 & 2 next Wednesday.  Please stop by and share your thoughts if you have any…on The Wire I mean.  I’m pretty sure you must have thoughts in general. 🙂

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  1. So far I’m a little bit “meh”, but I also remember it took me a while to warm up to Six Feet Under, and that became one of my favorites, so I’m still marching on.

  2. I watched the first season and I think I expected too much because everyone raved about it. Starting the second season now and I’m hoping my now lowered expectations mean that I’ll enjoy it. Interested in what you and Amy have to say.
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