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Observations from a second viewing of The Wire
One of the perks of being unemployed is that I am able to plunge tens of hours a day into Netflix. I took this opportunity to watch the entire series of The Wire again. Here are a few observations:
- The most memorable moments of the series for me are still the killings of Wallace, D’Angelo, Bodie & Omar.
- Omar is still my favorite character, but I have a new love for Marlo that I didn’t have after the first time through the series. His massive pride and extreme bravado and ambition that allow him do anything to keep that pride really stood out. My NAME IS MY NAME!!!
- I can’t stand that lying, annoying prick reporter and those assholes in charge of the newspaper and Carcetti’s chief of staff and Cheese. Unfortunately, I’ve come across more people like them in my life than people like the bold, intelligent, thoughtful & loyal characters that make up the rest of the show.
- I see more of Carcetti in real politicians now that I did before.
- Sometimes the tension radiating from the TV screen is so strong I want to hide in another room. The scene where Brother Mouzone confronts Omar in the alley!?!? Or when McNulty and Daniels are riding in the same elevator, alone, both knowing the other knows about McNulty’s bullshit, but neither can talk about it!?!?
- More TV shows need to have a definitive end. When a TV network finds a successful show they milk it for years and years to the detriment of the story. The X-Files is the worst example of this. In order to keep it on air for as long as they did, the show’s central story of aliens and government conspiracies was contorted into a running list of false starts and gaping plot holes. The story subsequently lost all potency. TV shows in the UK rarely last more than a few seasons, even when they are extremely popular.
- I think one of David Simon’s underlying points of the series is that, no matter what happens or who comes and goes, the world keeps moving. Any person or event that seems significant along the way isn’t. Someone else will always come along to take your place. The world is always ready to adapt. Very few people or events make a lasting impression. This makes me feel very much like an insignificant blip in the vast universe. It’s especially maddening to any idealistic sucker who has ever thought he could bring about change in the world. I wouldn’t say I am completely jaded, but it does remind me how hard you have to work if you really want to change something.
- It’s jarring to see people from The Wire in other shows. Every time I see Wallace on Friday Night Lights it feels like I am staring at a ghost. I just found out Omar is going to be on the next season of Community. I don’t know how much more of this I can take. At least Snoop has kept true to her character, recently getting arrested in a drug bust in Baltimore!
- I still have a hard time describing the show to people who have never seen it. If I am going to be walking around proclaiming that The Wire is the best show ever made, I most certainly should be able to explain why in less than 5 minutes. For whatever reason, I can’t find a way to describe the show that does justice to the gripping story and mesmerizing characters. By the time I get done talking about it, even I question why I’ve spent hours upon hours of my life watching this dry, dense TV show. Then I remember the time Omar went on the stand against Bird and the brief moment of doubt is lost. Anyone have any suggestions how to successfully describe The Wire?
The Godfather vs. Arrested Development
Is “Arrested Development” a sitcom version of “The Godfather”? We’ll see…
MICHAEL CORLEONE and MICHAEL BLUTH:
In The Godfather, Michael Corleone wants to leave his family business behind and find a normal life on his own terms. However, he is forced into the family business when an attempt has been made on his father’s life, as he is the only one qualified amongst his brothers and sister to continue the family business. Michael is practically the only one who looks after his father, helping to evade further attempts on Don Vito’s life while he is incapacitated in the hospital. He has a spouse that dies during his stay in Italy, and is unable to sustain a functional relationship with his girlfriend/wife Kay because of his devotion to family affairs.
In the pilot episode of Arrested Development, Michael Bluth wants to leave his family business behind and find a normal life on his own terms. However, he is forced back into the family business when his father is taken to jail, as he is the only one qualified amongst his brothers and sister to continue the family business. Michael is practically the only one who looks after his father, visiting George Sr. frequently in jail. He has a spouse that died at some point in his past, and is unable to sustain functional relationships with various women because of his devotion to family affairs.
DON VITO CORLEONE and GEORGE BLUTH, Sr.:
Don Vito Corleone is the patriarch of an olive oil manufacturing empire that is a guise for an organized crime syndicate that has connections with powerful individuals in America and abroad (Cuba in Part II). An attempt is made on his life and he is incapacitated, but still tries to run the family business and exercise power through his son, Michael.
George Bluth, Sr. is the patriarch of a real estate empire that is a guise for an illegal syndicate organization with a powerful individual abroad, Saddam Hussein. He is arrested and sent to jail, but still tries to run the family business and exercise power through his son, Michael.
SANTINO “SONNY” CORLEONE and GEORGE OSCAR “GOB” BLUTH:
Sonny Corleone is the oldest son of Don Vito Corleone. Though he is the eldest and therefore first in line to run the family business after his father, his eccentric personality and arrogant temper prevent him from being qualified. When he acts on his own decree, he makes dumb, shortsighted decisions that threaten the efforts of the family as a whole. He is a relentless womanizer.
George Oscar Bluth II (“GOB”) is the oldest son of George, Sr. Though he is the eldest and therefore first in line to run the family business after his father, his eccentric personality and arrogant attempts at magic (and other occupations) prevent him from being qualified. When he acts on his own decree, he makes dumb, shortsighted decisions that threaten the efforts of the family as a whole. He is a relentless womanizer.
This is amazing…I can’t believe I’ve never heard this theory before. Its so obvious!