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I like the idea of Wire showing both perspectives, allowing us to empathize or relate. It displays the so-called bad guys in a not-so-common way. However, the execution just doesn't do it for me. Everything else is typical, dated, pedestrian TV, so-so acting. It never pulled me in. Great story that isn't being told the right way.
Season 3 is an absolute bore. The show should've paced itself. I found myself watching the first season & wondering how they were going to make this into a regular series. Overall, this is a classic night time soap, reminiscent of Dallas or Dynasty more so than most modern day dramas. Campy glances & dramatic music. I'm almost waiting for someone to say, "I'll do everything in my power to..." One very annoying thing is the character who plays Daniel Grayson. He's supposed to be from an extremely wealthy/powerful family, but has the accent of a guy named Sal, selling pizza in Brooklyn. He sounds so incredibly blue collar, I don't know how it got past production.
Too many flashbacks, but tons of suspense. The ultimate guilty pleasure. Very Dynasty-esque, as opposed to Bravo reality tv.
Most excellent. A nod to the Eliot Spitzer debacle. One thing, though. How many times can they mention Highland Park in each episode. It's almost like an ad for Highland Park. We get it - affluence. You'd think it was the most expensive 'hood in Chicago area.
Tour de force. Season 2 throws down the gauntlet, giving no ground to Season 1. Lots of twists, but not too convoluted. As always, well-acted. I could get into specifics, but there are too many to list. Suffice to say, it is most excellent.
The show lost me when the tired stereotype of the "innocent white Midwesterner" met a Latino & at once, it became about "uncut Latino dick". Words like cholo came up. A character even Googled "uncut Latino dick". I could just see the writer - one of those white guys who had zero interest in Latinos in the 90s but is suddenly obsessed w/ stereotypes of Latinos' dicks & blue collarness in the 2000s. The beards are almost like a parody or caricature of "blue collar chic" sweeping urban areas. We get it.... "edgy". Those guys w/typical, ubiquitous, omnipresent - tattoo, piercing, facial hair & propped-up/revolving baseball caps were edgy in late 90s now they're just trendy. I didn't find it boring, just written for white men who are (only fairly recently) obsessed with, not Latinos as men, but as uncut dick and the epitome of blue collar. I'd expect this in the 90s maybe, but this whole thing seems ironically like it's written by hicks. Stereotypes of innocent white boys & cholos are tired, racist & sickening. Midwesterners aren't innocent & when Latinos come up, why does "uncut dick" and "cholo" have to surface? What's more, you'd never guess SF was 33% Asian. You can't represent the rainbow, but you have to work pretty hard to show so few Asians. This show is just some white dude's somewhat racist obsession w/Latino stereotypes & trendy blue collar chic. That's the foundation of the show. He's has a big beard, so his characters must. Amateur night on HBO.