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CBJSprague24
Dec 5, 2010

Again, Torts took him to a very high mountain and showed him Nationwide and all its splendor.

"All this I will give you," he said, "if you will lay down and block for me." -Jackets 15:16




S2 E5 of my first watch of this show and god drat it owns, even if the Valchek/Sobotka pissing match over who loves the Priest more is kind of dull.

Ray from Generation Kill is pretty much the same character from that show as he is in this, only dumber.

e- I get this isn't a first-time watch thread, so I'll leave this here and revisit it when I finish the season.

CBJSprague24 fucked around with this message at 15:34 on Mar 5, 2018

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CBJSprague24
Dec 5, 2010

Again, Torts took him to a very high mountain and showed him Nationwide and all its splendor.

"All this I will give you," he said, "if you will lay down and block for me." -Jackets 15:16




About halfway through the finale of Season 2. It's amazing how the events in this season were set in motion at least in part because Stan Valchek was butthurt the Priest liked Frank Sobotka more in that moment.

Sobotka and his complete dumbshit son and nephew who, in his own way, was a fuckup in his own right were no angels, but after this season, gently caress. Stan. Valchek.

e- Another amazing thing I've found so far is the episodes are the gift that keeps on giving. I'll watch an episode expecting only 10 minutes to be left, only to hit the info button on my DVD player and find I'm only 25 minutes in and there are still 38 to go. I've at times split episodes in half to savor it a bit more.

CBJSprague24 fucked around with this message at 15:29 on Apr 3, 2018

CBJSprague24
Dec 5, 2010

Again, Torts took him to a very high mountain and showed him Nationwide and all its splendor.

"All this I will give you," he said, "if you will lay down and block for me." -Jackets 15:16




After a Reno 911 and Letterkenny-induced hiatus of a year or so, I finally finished Season 3 and Jesus Christ, what an ending.

I figured the Barksdale saga had to end at some point, but I didn't expect it to end so soon and for Avon and Stringer to betray each other. There was something satisfying about Avon reading the warrant which revealed Stringer snitched on him. Given that that's ended, I've got a bad feeling the show is going to shift to being politics-heavy and I'm already tired of Climber Carcetti.

There are so many subtle placements in this show which make you go :tviv:, the biggest toward the end of the season being Rawls in a gay bar as Brother Mouzone's (spoilered because it'd have been way more fun being surprised he came back rather than catching it as a spoiler accidentally, much as it was accidentally seeing why Rawls was in the spoilered location) heavy walks out after trying to find intel on Omar.

I think one of the biggest takeaways I have about this show is something I compare to Better Call Saul; lots of intertwining subplots in one show. The difference between the two is BCS probably should be two shows (Lawyer Show and Cartel Corner, with occasional crossover episodes, as much as I hate them in general); The Wire does a fantastic job of jumping around and covering everything in one.

CBJSprague24
Dec 5, 2010

Again, Torts took him to a very high mountain and showed him Nationwide and all its splendor.

"All this I will give you," he said, "if you will lay down and block for me." -Jackets 15:16




MrBling posted:

On the other hand, in season 4 you get to see Reg E. Cathey being just incredibly great as Carcetti's campaign adviser.

I'm halfway through the first episode and Carcetti is three times the rotten oval office he was in season 3, but Reg is fantastic.

CBJSprague24
Dec 5, 2010

Again, Torts took him to a very high mountain and showed him Nationwide and all its splendor.

"All this I will give you," he said, "if you will lay down and block for me." -Jackets 15:16




christmas boots posted:

Really everything you need to fundamentally understand Carcetti is contained in that Season 3 scene where he cheats on his wife while staring at himself in the mirror the whole time.

Through episode 2, he seems like a helicopter parent pushing their kid into doing something they don't want to do so they can live vicariously AND the kid wrapped up into one person. He wants The Prestige of being mayor but can't be bothered to put in the effort to win.

E- didn't he cheat on his wife with Teri D'Agostino? This is my first watch through, but it's been a couple years since I saw that episode.

CBJSprague24 fucked around with this message at 22:09 on Mar 19, 2021

CBJSprague24
Dec 5, 2010

Again, Torts took him to a very high mountain and showed him Nationwide and all its splendor.

"All this I will give you," he said, "if you will lay down and block for me." -Jackets 15:16




christmas boots posted:

The scene I’m thinking of is long before D’Agostino ever shows up. It’s back before he’s even running for mayor

This is the one I was thinking of as well. I know the woman was a brunette.

CBJSprague24
Dec 5, 2010

Again, Torts took him to a very high mountain and showed him Nationwide and all its splendor.

"All this I will give you," he said, "if you will lay down and block for me." -Jackets 15:16




Dangerous Minds 2 starring Roland Pryzbylewski is giving me anxiety.

CBJSprague24
Dec 5, 2010

Again, Torts took him to a very high mountain and showed him Nationwide and all its splendor.

"All this I will give you," he said, "if you will lay down and block for me." -Jackets 15:16




About halfway through my first watch of season 5 and watching Tommy Carcetti eat poo poo and hate his life makes up for him being an irritating prick throughout this series.

Cross-posting from the couch chat thread and based upon the opinion of posters there, I've been skipping through all of the Newsroom scenes since episode 2.

CBJSprague24
Dec 5, 2010

Again, Torts took him to a very high mountain and showed him Nationwide and all its splendor.

"All this I will give you," he said, "if you will lay down and block for me." -Jackets 15:16




Human Tornada posted:

LOL this is really silly, who would do this?

It went kind of like this:

CBJSprague24 posted:

Does anything in season 5 of The Wire involving the newsroom amount to anything other than a reboot of All The President's Men?

I love this show but if it doesn't, I'm tempted to just fast-forward through those scenes.

Also, I still love Snoop.

Escobarbarian posted:

David Simon has grudges from his time as a reporter and thatís basically it

Matt Zerella posted:

All the interesting stuff in season 5 is outside of the cops/newsroom. You can skip it.

And galvanize your hate for Herc.

I tend to disagree about skipping the cop stuff. To each their own otherwise; I feel like I could get the newsroom cliff notes from episode summaries. :shrug:

CBJSprague24
Dec 5, 2010

Again, Torts took him to a very high mountain and showed him Nationwide and all its splendor.

"All this I will give you," he said, "if you will lay down and block for me." -Jackets 15:16




Human Tornada posted:

The newspaper stuff still has its good moments including a couple with Jimmy. Plus just watch them, it's only a portion of a shortened season and it's what the creators intended. If you're that pressed for time you probably shouldn't be watching five seasons of a 20 year old TV show in the first place.

I just watched Jimmy in the bar with the two reporters feeding them his bullshit homeless murderer story, so that's getting a bit more interesting.

CBJSprague24
Dec 5, 2010

Again, Torts took him to a very high mountain and showed him Nationwide and all its splendor.

"All this I will give you," he said, "if you will lay down and block for me." -Jackets 15:16




I was not expecting the Omar story to end as it did and I was hoping there was going to be some sort of final showdown.

I just got to that part on my first watch myself and had to back up to make sure it was him.

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CBJSprague24
Dec 5, 2010

Again, Torts took him to a very high mountain and showed him Nationwide and all its splendor.

"All this I will give you," he said, "if you will lay down and block for me." -Jackets 15:16




Boywhiz88 posted:

“Love Rollercoaster” has been stuck in my head since the little snippet in S4E2, Soft Eyes, when Namond gets home to find the new clothes on his bed.

It just clicked that it’s literally describing Namond and his mom. Like, the chorus even plays during their talk. A little touch that has to be intentional.

His mom is remarkable. Wee Bey gets thrown in prison and she needs someone to help sustain her lifestyle, so the next person up is her son, who clearly wants no part of it; no fucks given. I was glad to see things turned out well for him in his one scene in season 5.

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