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Mar 5, 2011




Lipstick Apathy

Obviously, the lift camera shot is repeated in "-30-"

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NastyPBears posted:

Can anyone else remember a specific scene that really sold them on this show?

Mine is when the cops are raiding the spot and one of the old Irish cops gets knocked to the ground. They all start hitting the dealer who shoved him and Kima runs over. I though she was going to be all professional and PC and I kind of rolled my eyes a bit...

But I was terrible at judging this show, I was convinced it was about D's salvation, until it wasn't

"This is literally my dick in your ear"

But seriously, "Got to man, this is America" and I was hooked.

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Mar 5, 2011




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Fruits of the sea posted:

^^My guess at the time was that he figured the car was totaled and crashing it a few more times couldn't hurt, so why not? McNutty gives zero fucks.^^


It's really interesting seeing how trains keep on turning up (well, twice so far) during McNulty's more self destructive moments. He's already struggling with The Wire's terrible bureaucratic systems on a very personal level, with his fight over visitation rights as well as the Avon Barksdale fiasco. His inner demons are literally "the system", personified by an unstoppable locomotive, and he's placed himself on the tracks.

That's enough armchair analysis for now. I've only watched The Wire once about four years ago, so I'll lurk until my memory is refreshed. This is a fun thread and the detailed episode review is a good idea.

Which is great, because in season one, he is literally pissing in the face of the system, and then decides at the last second that he's actually going to work within it. A great metaphor about how almost hosed he was at that moment.

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EvanSchenck posted:

True. The episode summaries probably need a running tally of scenes involving trains, train tracks, and so forth, so we can work this out.

Yes. If EA doesn't want to do it I'll do the train-spotter's guide to the Wire.

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escape artist posted:

I remember that. Another example is when Day-Day thinks that Cedric is a criminal, and starts talking about crime with him.

"Daniels... but you can call me 'Lieutenant'"

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Mar 5, 2011




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He's in British programing regularly.

I really enjoyed the humble-rear end motherfucker with a big dick in Horrible Bosses. But it was christmas day so I'm pretty sure I'd drank enough to enjoy even Star Wars II: Attack of the Clones.

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Mar 5, 2011




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Is "y'all can't be playing checkers on no chess board" a sly nod to conforming to the system? Really great at establishing D as a guy who follows the system (at least at that point)

Is "(If I make it to the end of the board), I'm top dawg." A comment on how in institutions, the real winners are the aren't the best or smartest, but quite often the survivors? Rawls for example, compared to Daniels.

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Mar 5, 2011




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This season really develops the main themes to another level. Hey, here are the people in the towers, they can't find actual employment so they turn to dealing drugs, and society at large doesn't care about them until a judge takes interest in them, for superficial reasons (if they were real reasons he wouldn't have pulled out during re-election).

Then you have the second season, where the same thing happens again, only with the dock workers and this time it takes a pissed off Police major(?) before anyone cares, and yet again for superficial reasons.

And then, there are the girls who people care even less about than the criminals in the first place showing that when you think you have the bottom, you can go even lower.

And then of course it takes it to even more interesting places in seasons three, four and five, but this is just the start.

I've never understood why people may have founds this season much of a change, it's still telling the same stories. Actually, one of this show's skills is telling very simple stories and repeating the same themes over and over again without seeming simple or repetitive. Indeed, it comes across quite the opposite in my opinion.

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Febreeze posted:

i think the character has a record of being featured in the most television shows. Munch might be a God.

Let me tell you a little something about Hulkamania, brother!

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Mar 5, 2011




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A drat this show moment: In season 4 the kids say "I'll take any mother fucker's money if he givin' it away" after the get money from Marlo.

Sheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeit.

edit: In that same episode he echoes the same line. This show. This. drat. Show.

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Mar 5, 2011




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I never noticed that that particular line was echoed in the same episode by the kids, no.

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I like the one where they sit there laughing about someone in the wire getting shot in the start of a movie after having a screen time of like five seconds, and then talk about some guy's wife for the rest .

Great write up on season three. And now we begin one of my favorite seasons of television ever.

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Mar 5, 2011




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Rewatching season 2 thanks to this thread.

Don't go under the bridge Frank.

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Orange Devil posted:

The Greek and his crew totally misread Frank but it's Frank who ends up paying for it. Such is the game. The king stay the king.

One thing in my rewatch I never remembered was the report says he tried to fight back. That's Frank, fighting to the end against something he can't defeat.

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I know bunny turns up, but I thought Marlo was Ep 1 S3?

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"I thought I might legalize drugs" cracks me up every time.

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And the real jay landsman working for fake jay landsman.

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Mar 5, 2011




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What about that end of the season with Daniel's finely chiseled rear end?

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Mar 5, 2011




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My favorite moment is kima going "man, I feel really bad what I did to lester"

McNulty: "You get used to it."

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Mar 5, 2011




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I love how everyone in this show has HBO

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Mar 5, 2011




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Hah David Simon's commentaries are great.

IT'S ABOUT THE WAR IN IRAQ, HOW COME YOU DON'T GET THIS?!?!?

But seriously, him being a tease about the railway in the commentary is pretty great.

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Mar 5, 2011




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McNerd posted:

Anybody got the goods on the railroad track thing? I refuse to take "an explanation would ruin it" for an answer.

In that episode, in season 3 the train isn't heading in their direction (in fact it's stopped), which makes me think it's probably just a metaphor for McNulty and the police force because McNulty's on his last case and isn't trying to gently caress things up, unlike in season one where he's deliberately pissing people off.

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Mar 5, 2011




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I'd really like that CIA thing.

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Popular Thug Drink posted:

"not on the phone" indicates that Stringer knows what he's doing is illegal and is trying to hide it. there aren't many other ways to interpret that statement. It would be weaker evidence if he said what are you talking about, what hitters?

It always cracks me up when bodie goes to him in season 3 "Yo, the police picked me up man"
*String looks away uneasily*
"Well you shouldn't sell drugs"

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bucketybuck posted:

And what will that get him? Proving that he knows people in the game and that they know his number seems very small beans really, would a first timer get prison for that?

You have to go get the warrants signed off on, and the people who you need to convince are hard to convince people. "Trust us he's part of this network but he hasn't said anything" doesn't really get you far. If you say "We have a phone call from a guy who we have evidence of him being involved with drug activity calling stringer bell and stringer responds 'not on the phone'" then they whip the pen out and sign that warrant.

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Mar 5, 2011




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Yeah I think you've got Carv and Herc early on as "just wanting to bust heads" but they do it in a sort of honorable way, you have to kinda have someone that shows "busting heads" just because they love the power of it all.

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Mar 5, 2011




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Herc is great because his development comes from not learning the lessons that carver does. So after loving everything up by not paying attention and not learning he ends up getting kicked out and has a new job and starts learning at last.

I really like the way he simultaneously fucks Marlo by giving Carv the number, and then saves him by working out there wasn't an official wire tap.

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Mar 5, 2011




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Yeah those newspaper guys are such mustache twirling villains and end up being less understandable than any of the cold blooded murderers on the street.

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Mar 5, 2011




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I like when they're selling Death Grip.

And I imagine they get to the corners and there's actually nobody there to sell it to you.

ninja: Or the Barksdale gang breaks up like, three times but always gets together.

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Mar 5, 2011




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Yeah Scott always bugged me because he's the most moustache twirling villain in the entire series, and for that reason he's so uninteresting to me as a character.

Also, show me a hero is great. With a few friendly faces in it.

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Mar 5, 2011




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My favorite is still when the go to the FBI place for the profile.

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"Death Grip"

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Jerusalem posted:



And he won't even have to give it back!

This has not gotten enough love.

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Mar 5, 2011




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And just incase people aren't in the know, he wrote and directed Spotlight, a film about investigative journalism. And played the bad journalist in the Wire.

That's some amazing irony synergy right there.

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Mar 5, 2011




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Rupert Buttermilk posted:

I don't follow the oscars, did Tom McCarthy (Templeton) win for writing Spotlight?

Man, I gotta see that.

Best picture, he wrote and directed it.

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Mar 5, 2011




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He does briefly in s5, he is one of the people who got lost in the shorter season 5 shuffle.

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Mar 5, 2011




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Wheres wallace doesnt sting as much now I know he went 12 rounds with the champ

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Mar 5, 2011




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That scene with Valcheck getting picture and saying a something in polish after frank dies always gets me.

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Blind Melon posted:

The only problem the crew has with Slim offing Cheese is him not waiting to get the connect money first. It's great.


"This sentimental motherfucker just cost us money"

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Mar 5, 2011




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Nerdist Writers Panel did a good podcast with David Simon and some other dude worth listening too.

The Bowling Ball story

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