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Old 16-07-2008, 21:41   #41
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Wow. You win. Coolness.

Ill still buy the boxset though.
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Old 16-07-2008, 21:50   #42
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Superb opener, great acting, hilariously profane dialogue, beautifully shot - reminded me of Jarhead for obvious reasons, very much looking forward to the next six episodes.
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Old 16-07-2008, 22:14   #43
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will give GK a go, not sure on the wire - whats it about? Not really into cop dramas and the CSI series etc etc..
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Old 18-07-2008, 05:59   #44
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will give GK a go, not sure on the wire - whats it about? Not really into cop dramas and the CSI series etc etc..
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The Wire is an American television drama series set and produced in Baltimore, Maryland. Created, produced, and primarily written by author and former police reporter David Simon, the series was broadcast by the premium cable network HBO in the United States. The Wire premiered on June 2, 2002 and ended on March 9, 2008, with 60 episodes airing over the course of its five seasons.

Each season of The Wire focuses on a different facet of the city of Baltimore. They are, in order: the drug trade, the port, the city bureaucracy, the school system, and the print news media. The large cast consists mainly of character actors who are little known for their other roles. Simon has said that despite its presentation as a crime drama, the show is "really about the American city, and about how we live together. It's about how institutions have an effect on individuals, and how…whether you're a cop, a longshoreman, a drug dealer, a politician, a judge [or] lawyer, you are ultimately compromised and must contend with whatever institution you've committed to."[1]

Despite never seeing great commercial success or winning any major television awards,[2] The Wire has frequently been cited by critics as one of the greatest television series of all time.[3][4][5] The show is recognized for its realistic portrayal of urban life, artistic ambitions, and uncommonly deep exploration of sociological themes.
But mainly for me the Wire had such great characters, both goodies and baddies (although there are not really any of either!) that you really do care what goes on with their plot lines. It's a complex look at a slice of life in a City trying to make the best of what it has.

Quite a few Brit actors in there too - but you won't immediately guess who as they do the Amerikani really well
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Old 21-07-2008, 13:19   #45
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Superb 2nd episode. Starting to get to grips with the huge cast & what roles they play, plus this had more of a structure to it rather than the randomness of ep.1.

Also a large plus that we finally got to see some action, harsh, gritty & in-your-face.

It actually made me crave for some COD4 action.
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Watched ep 1 yesterday, thought it was great. I see they've pretty much just crowbarred the character of Ziggy in to it though..., oh, and another role for Jasper Carrot's son-in-law as well.

Great dialogue, *beautifully* shot, and leading towards some major unpleasantness by the feel of it. A nice start - much like the first episode of a season of the Wire where at first you think "well nothing happened there, did it" and then look back to realise that it beautifully laid a lot of the thematic foundations and character basics for what's to come.

Looking forward to ep2.
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Old 21-07-2008, 15:39   #47
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Haven't seen episode two yet, but the pilot was fine. Set up the story nicely. I hope they make it a bit more grim though. I'll forgive it for the moment as they're not involved in combat yet.
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Captain America must be Hudson from Aliens ancestor.
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Excellent stuff, got the makings of a classic. Looks like HBO threw a few pennies at it too.
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Watched the first 2, another blinder from HBO.
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Eagerly waiting to catch up with this series!!!

Glad there is still some quality being made
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I don't want to read this thread in case of spoilers. Any news on when this is going to be shown in the UK (FX?) ?
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Not overly impressed. I can't help but feel a large part of it is aimed at impressionable 16-20 year old American Halo players. But then, ep.2 has shown a more realistic (Albeit sometimes overbearingly cheesy) approach:

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The second episode was good, especially the last half. Still a bit to gung-ho, "war is great" for my liking,


What's the budget for this, as it looks like it would have cost a bomb to make.
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The second episode was good, especially the last half. Still a bit to gung-ho, "war is great" for my liking,


What's the budget for this, as it looks like it would have cost a bomb to make.
If i remember the book which granted was a while ago, the gung-ho stuff was pretty close to how some of the troops were at that time.
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If i remember the book which granted was a while ago, the gung-ho stuff was pretty close to how some of the troops were at that time.
Isnt that the point of this!! All gung ho marines take on fighting!!
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I don't want to read this thread in case of spoilers. Any news on when this is going to be shown in the UK (FX?) ?
I was watching something on FX last night and this programme was advertised as a forthcoming new series, so it looks as though we'll get it pretty soon.
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Isnt that the point of this!! All gung ho marines take on fighting!!
no the tv show is based on a book by a reporter, it was not written by maries it was based on what he saw when he was with them.
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I am really enjoying this, but all the marines, bar Captain America, Godfather and Ziggy, kinda melt into one and I have a lot of trouble telling who's who. I'm not enjoying it as much as Over There, although obviously that was a lot more "conventionally" dramatic.
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I think they've done a pretty good job of differentiating them, though it is a role call of stereotypes:

Funny one: Check
Committed and proficient soldier with sad back story: Check
Redneck racist: Check
Rookie: Check
Sniper: Check
Nutcase gun-toting superior promoted above skill level: Check
Understanding and skilled officer keeping the unit together: Check
Misunderstood ethnic minority: Check
Wacko drill sergeant: Check
Inspirational leader: Check
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