Been watching The Wire box set, ( I know I'm way behind the loop!) season 2, and my original thoughts have been confirmed, The Sopranos is superior in every way. In the Wire the dialogue is indecipherable, the story very difficult to follow, as style is always more important than telling a tangible tale ,feel so sorry for the script writers ,as all theirk work is lost in a peasouper fog of backround noise. Also its become the Jimmy Mcnulty show, only Idris Alba steals the limelight from his hammy performance. The Sopranos was riveting in its drama, dialogue, humour ,sex,and violence, and you knew every minute what was going on. Tony Soprano commanded the screen but all the other players had a real role to play, the relationship with his wife and kids was a tour de force on its own. I doubt it will ever be superseded...
Well, it's going to be difficult to appreciate if you all ready went in watching it a negative view. It's hard to follow at the start but as many say the payoff is great and is worth it. It doesn't patronize the viewer.They wanted to make it realistic. Thats why they used some actors that are convicted murderers and ex heroin dealers. The church guy is an ex heroin kingpin in Baltimore. Avon Barksdale is based on a real person. Also it's why they don't use recaps. Time keeps moving on like real life.
As for the dialogue, it's because they're using realistic street language at the time. If it's a lawyer speaking to another professional, they'll use the real language and not make it simple because they might think someone wont understand.
It expects the viewer has a level of attention and intelligence to catch up, to listen, learn and watch. It's not bad writing, it's quite the opposite. I've watched it 3 times and I struggled a bit the first time. 2nd time was phenomenal. Especially watching the 1st season again as I was trying to figure out who is who. Now that you know who is who during a re-watch you can enjoy the show and there's always new things to pick up. I truly realized how dense and layered The Wire is. Because I truly understood it all. It was originally going to be book, so that may have something to do with the layers and dialogue.
The Wire and The Sopranos are equally both my favourite TV shows and I've watched both multiple times. And people love one show tend to love the other. And often it's hard say which is better. They're different shows and for me both have those moments where I hear a line of dialogue or a storyline plays out and I think think it's genius.
Please keep on with The Wire. Don't see it as some competition of what is a better show. Certainly, you aren't going to enjoy it as you have pre-conceived notions about it, now it's confirmation bias to you because you didn't agree with something in the show, that you were right and you confirmed.
Season 2 is great although some people don't like it because of the change of scenery. But I love it because The Wire is about the city. It's about institutions and how they fail people. Season 2 focuses on the docks.
Some of the best characters have yet to come. Season 3 and 4 are great. 5 not so much. Not really good to compare 1 and bit seasons to a whole viewing of The Sopranos.
If The Sopranos is a story about the New Jersey Mafia and their personal lives mixing with their business. The Wire is about the city of Baltimore. Its about the drug dealers as much as cops. It's about the politicians. It's about corrupt people on both sides of the law. It's about the good people on both sides of the law. It's about human way. The game.
Assuming you seen the first episode of Season 2. Genius how McNulty got the floating body over to another jurisdiction/department because while the body was thought to be a county case, McNulty worked out the tides/winds and absolved himself from the situation and sent the case back to Rawls to piss him off.