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Raindancer

The Wire

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Raindancer

 

Set in Baltimore, this show centers around the city's inner-city drug scene. It starts as mid-level drug dealer, D'Angelo Barksdale beats a murder rap. After a conversation with a judge, Det. James McNulty has been assigned to lead a joint homicide and narcotics team, in order to bring down drug kingpin Avon Barksdale. Avon Barksdale, accompanied by his right-hand man Stringer Bell, enforcer Wee-Bey and many lieutenants (including his own nephew, D'Angelo Barksdale), has to deal with law enforcement, informants in his own camp, and competition with a local rival, Omar, who's been robbing Barksdale's dealers and reselling the drugs. The supervisor of the investigation, Lt. Cedric Daniels, has to deal with his own problems, such as a corrupt bureaucracy, some of his detectives beating suspects, hard-headed but determined Det. McNulty, and a blackmailing deputy. The show depicts the lives of every part of the drug "food chain", from junkies to dealers, and from cops to politicians.

 

I was going through a mates DVD collection the other day and came across this. Just about to hit the 3rd series.

 

Omar is the man!! Any fans on here?

Funny thing, watching this show, makes me want to visit Baltimore!

 

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Voodoo

The Wire is definitely in my top five favorite series of all time. Everything about it is so brilliantly done.

 

 

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Fnorg

Within the past year, we've had three threads for The Wire. I'm glad it's a lot more popular than I thought. I think season 3 is said to be the least good one of them all, but personally I enjoyed Colvin's little social project quite a lot. S2 is also seen as a less good season, but it's always been my favorite.

 

Anyway, have fun. I wish I could see it for the first time again.

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JoeyLeone25

Huge fan of The Wire, brilliant TV show, and just a couple of weeks ago I got to meet Dominic West aka Jimmy McNulty in person (yes I will brag a little...)! He was being awarded a Honourary Degree at Sheffield Hallam University, at the exact same time I was graduating and I managed to have a very brief chat to him afterwards. Very nice, down to Earth bloke.

 

Also, during his 'acceptance' speech he relayed a great story about the show. David Simon took Dominic out to Baltimore just before he took the role, and Simon took him to the top of an apartment block and said; "look, on the one side we have the delapidated, run-down steel-works, and on the other crumbling residential blocks, isn't this just...depressing?" To which Dominic replied; "Not really, if anything it just reminds me of home!"

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meta187

Awesome series, very well researched, written and put together. I wasn't such a fan of the later seasons when BET picked it up, seemed like the production quality dropped off but still overall a very good series.

 

In other news, it's f*cking great to see you, where the helluvya been, Rain?

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mark-2007

Just moved on to season 4, excellent so far. Didn't know series 2 and 3 were considered particularly poorer, although I suppose I haven't seen them in context to seasons 4 and 5 yet. I've enjoyed all three seasons so far, although the 1st is probably my favpurite. Season 4 looks like it'll be another good'n. Was also surprised to see Dominic West pop up in the credits of The Phantom Menace the other night, didn't manage to catch him at the time.

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Otter

2 and 3 are considered poorer? I think Gronf was just pulling that out of his ass. if anything, I'd say they were the best two seasons. tounge.gif

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unopieceo

It shares a lot of the same writers and cast but It doesn't stand up to oz imo.

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Fnorg

 

2 and 3 are considered poorer?  I think Gronf was just pulling that out of his ass. if anything, I'd say they were the best two seasons. tounge.gif

If by "pulling out of his ass", you mean "lacks hard data" then yes, I did pull that out of my ass. This is just what I picked up on over the past year from reading about The Wire on various websites. Though, I totally forgot about the "serial killer" story from S5. That has got to be the least liked season. At the very least, it's the one storyline I enjoyed the least.

 

EDIT: Here we've got some data to back my point:

 

user posted image

 

It's hardly official, but it gets the point across.

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Wordsworth

I loved season 1, very well produced show in all aspects. I got three episodies into season 2 and for whatever reason got away from it. I've been intending to pick it back up and finish the series because I liked the first season so much.

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Mister Pink

I loved series 2. I guess people wanted to see more of the projects and the Barksdale organisation but they got the docks instead.

 

Season 5 was good if not a way over the top in comparison to the rest of the show but I think it was sweet.

 

I didn't quite like Season 4. Well, I did but I didn't care much for the schools element but that's just me and nothing to do with the quality of the show.

 

Hope Rockstar has watched The Wire.

 

 

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Raindancer

Finished season 3 last night. Not as good as seasons 1 & 2 IMO, although glad it was back on the streets again.

 

I thought proposition Joe would play more of a part, hopefully on season 4 I will see him a Bodie coming into it allot more

 

I started season 4 (2 episodes in) I wanted Avon Barksdale to go out in a big gun fight with the police, wished I saw more of Stringer losing out on the real estate deals and going gangster at city hall!

 

f*ck ME! There are some HOT girls in the Wire!! I could look at Chantal all day long!!

 

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Fnorg
I loved series 2. I guess people wanted to see more of the projects and the Barksdale organisation but they got the docks instead.

 

Season 5 was good if not a way over the top in comparison to the rest of the show but I think it was sweet.

 

I didn't quite like Season 4. Well, I did but I didn't care much for the schools element but that's just me and nothing to do with the quality of the show.

 

Hope Rockstar has watched The Wire.

Season 4 was great IMO. At first it felt like the kids were out of place and I didn't really like that entire part of the show until about halfway into that season where I did an opinion 180. Today it's my second favorite season. What exactly is it that made you dislike the school bit?

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Mister Pink

Forgive me my memory is very sketchy but I remember just not finding the school system theme that enticing as say, the docks. It's also important to point out that it was a season that was stop/start for me and I never got as engrossed in it as I did with the other seasons - due to other commitments. That's my fault though as I was busy. I'm sure if I give it a second watch, which I will in a year or two's time, I'll appreciate it more. As you can see the fault is not with the show but my circumstances at the time.

 

I'm gonna rewatch all The Sopranos and The Wire in the future. Shifty41s_beerhatsmilie2.gif

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Raindancer

End of an era sad.gif I have now watched all 5 seasons and can honestly say that this is now up with my all time classic TV watching, every character was written superbly and the storyline was always good.

 

And lots of surprises, I never saw Omar getting shot and bodie being killed. Great show

 

I feel like an honoree Baltimoreon! I have searched the sh*t out of Baltimore (I have even been reading the Baltimore Sun online!!) and feel I could walk around that city and know all the land-marks

 

Oh and Mcnulty, Stringer English? f*ck, they do the accent well.

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Otter

Such a great show, hey? I wish I had taken my time watching it, so it wasn't over so fast.

 

Have you seen The Shield? I highly recommend.

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Fnorg

Took me almost a year to finish the whole thing. I wish I'd have watched it a bit faster because between seasons I'd forget stuff like what Senator Davis' motives were, who the black guy talking to Carcetti was and so on. Same goes for The Shield except it took me well over a year and I forgot a lot more.

 

I hate having to be the guy telling the moderator what to do, but it would be good if you covered up those giant spoilers.

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mark-2007

Aww, what the f*ck Raindancer!?

 

Almost about half way through season 4 and still don't have a favourite season. I'd say I least enjoyed season 3, but hardly had to struggle to watch it through.

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Fnorg

I'm sorry for bumping this up but I had to share this. I re-watched the, in my opinion, best scene from season 1, the one with D'Angelo saying "The King Stay the King" explaining chess to the guys. I found this great comment on YouTube (I'm as surprised as you are):

 

"You know who died exactly like a Pawn. He couldn't turn back and run, he had to stand his ground and fight, he even shoots at Chris and Snoop diagonally from where he's standing, not to mention both of them are attacking like Bishops, and finally O-Dog steps forward out of the doorway, then walks straight to him and kills him, like a Knight's L shape attack. And of course Marlo, the King, is nowhere to be seen, he stays out of the battles. A great callback to season 1's chess scene." It's not really a spoiler as the name of the murdered isn't mentioned but his murderers' names are. Read at own discretion if you're not finished with the show or at least done with season 4 (I think).

 

Jeez. The writing on this show. inlove.gif

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mark-2007

Maan, that is pretty clever if that's the case and they meant it. On series 5 now and not really getting the McNulty serial killer thing.

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The N. Bellic Man

Definitely one of the best TV series ever made and probably the most intelligent crime drama (be it TV or movies). I haven't watched it since I finished the last season a couple of years ago, but now I'm feeling like I should probably watch it again. The characters are really well written and plot is so complicated (in a good way), that its definitely worth another watchtrough. icon14.gif

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Ronmar The Only

The Wire is probably my favorite television drama. I mean, I love the Sopranos... but there is just something so real about the Wire.

 

I'm actually letting a friend borrow the last seasons of my complete series set. He's watched them all within the past month, on season 4 now.

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Mister Pink

Think I'm gonna rewatch The Sopranos and The Wire whilst Boardwalk Empire is broadcasting. Then watch all the seasons (hopefully until the second last) then watch the last season whilst it's airing.

 

I hear The Wire is great to rewatch as even the most keen and attentive viewer can overlook some things.

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Spaghetti Cat

HBO would air a repeat right after a premiere of an episode. Found myself watching the repeat to catch everything I just missed, which was usually a lot!

 

IMO the second season was the best, but there are probably those that may disagree that it wasn't "urban" enough.

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Mister Pink
HBO would air a repeat right after a premiere of an episode. Found myself watching the repeat to catch everything I just missed, which was usually a lot!

 

IMO the second season was the best, but there are probably those that may disagree that it wasn't "urban" enough.

I'm one of those who loved the second series. Maybe it was less complicated than some of the other seasons or maybe I could somewhat relate to the working class white people depicted in it. At first I thought I wasn't liking it but it stays in my memory as a stand out series. Maybe it was too much for some to see McNulty take a back seat for that series and the show dramatically move away from the streets. It just shows that David Simon is a great writer and no mater what drama he's writing be it in the slums or down at the docks he managed to produce quality.

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Mister Pink

Sorry for the double post/bump.

 

Just re-watching The Wire again. It's just as good, if not better, the second time around. Just on season 2 again.smile.gif

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SIKKS66
Just re-watching The Wire again. It's just as good, if not better, the second time around. Just on season 2 again.smile.gif

Rewatching it myself too. On season 4 at the minute. I love dem kids!

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Lock n' Stock
Funny thing, watching this show, makes me want to visit Baltimore!

Well if you do, stay safe.

 

I've personally never seen the show, but it does seem like an interesting look at the drug and gang scene in Baltimore. I don't know what channel it plays on other here (UK) but I may consider giving it a look if I see it playing. Don't know why I'm posting here since I haven't even seen it. whatsthat.gif

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Mister Pink
Funny thing, watching this show, makes me want to visit Baltimore!

Well if you do, stay safe.

 

I've personally never seen the show, but it does seem like an interesting look at the drug and gang scene in Baltimore. I don't know what channel it plays on other here (UK) but I may consider giving it a look if I see it playing. Don't know why I'm posting here since I haven't even seen it. whatsthat.gif

Man, do yourself a favour. Watch it. You really wont regret it. It went 'viral' with my mates and mates of mates. Nobody had a bad word about it and a huge ammount of people when they see it, rank it in their top 3 shows they've ever seen.

 

If you still want to get a better idea of what it's like, quickly read this..

http://voices.yahoo.com/realism-wire-2920781.html?cat=40

 

Just finished season 2 last night. Man, the whole thing was intense. Those damn Greeks are so clever.

 

And yeah, after watching Season 2 I really want to visit Baltimore. Not that the city is even romanticised in the show, far from it. It's just a curious place for me now.

 

Method Man. Is crazy. I love him more this time 'round. Especially as I'm listening to Wu-Tang a lot now and It's weird listening to Cheese rapping haha tounge.gif

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