Sunday, September 21, 2008

Monday Morning Shit Storm

Inspired by this week's NFL live chat, and it's lively banter, I've decided on the shit storm for this week.

The Wire.

No specifics.
Anything and everything Wire related.

But I'll get the discussion started.

Defining moment.

Shirt storm, begin.


  1. I've been debating this for a while.

    1. When Bodie takes a stand on his corner.
    2. When bubbles shares his story at the addiction center, and is allowed to come upstairs in the final episode.
    3. Marlo Takes the corner. (season 5)
    4. The future of the kids.
    5. Stringer dies.

  2. The Wire is set in Baltimore.

    I don't get HBO, so that's all I have to say about that.

  3. Zack Seasons 1-5 are currently available.

    Excuses are like assholes, everyone has a shitty one.

  4. D'Angelo explaining chess to Bodie and Wallace in season one. Between the urban plight point of view to the words the guys use to describe the pieces (Pawns=Little Bald Bitches; Queen=Go get shit done piece), it may be one of the greatest minutes of television history. That, and it gets referenced in season 4 when Bodie talks to McNulty.

  5. What about when D'Angelo dies when he finds out what happened to Wallace?

    "Where the fuck is Wallace?!"

  6. To me the chess scene was more about learning what the Wire as a series brought to the table. I guess that's why I feel bodies death is a defining moment. He realized he was a pawn, but he was never able to rise above that status.

    As far as best scenes though, the chess game is always up there for me.

  7. which has me thinking. It seems that Sobatka, Stringer, and Bodie are very similar in a sense. All three knew they had to change something, whether it was their own status, or the betterment of their organization. All three knew the had to change and all three tried desperately to do so. However, in the end all three are confronted (death) with the decisions they made in order for their change to occur.

    This goes back to you individual choice/economics of choice theory. As well as, the "reform never comes easy" line from Simon.

  8. Of course, The Wire does love to do a music montage season recap in the final episode of every season, where they try to define the whole season. Which one is the best? I'd be inclined to say season three, because a) Solomon Burke's "Fast Train." b) they show the city the most in this one. Of course, season 4's "I walk on gilded splinters" rules, as does season 2's Steve "Waylon" Earle song, I feel alright.

    Also pretty interesting that the show has no soundtrack to speak of, except for music you hear in a car, boombox, or bar (And I think we all know all the words in the first verse to The Pogues' "Body of an American, due to the wakes). But then at the very end of every season, they break their own code just once. Neato.

  9. The speech that Carcetti gives in the last episode of Season 3. Basically makes him a viable candidate, also destroys is friendship with Tony Gray. More than anything else, it's just plain awesome.

  10. The first meeting Stringer has with the rules of procedure. Shows a main theme of someone trying to better their environment, and his/her peers not going along with it, because it's a new or foreign concept. That, and how Stringer, Bodie and Poot deal with the new rules.

    "Does the chair recognize we gonna look like some punk-ass bitches?"

    "Adjourn y'all asses."

  11. On the end of season montages: Totally agree, as far as my favorite, i'll have to go captain obvious with season 5. I mean McNulty is looking out over the city and everything/everyone is functioning as usual. The corner boys are selling, the cops are busting, and the bureaucrats are bullshitting. It speaks to the cyclical nature of the wire as a series. Ie. Michael becomes omar, dookie becomes bubbles, carver the next deputy, and Leandor, the next freamon/McNulty. plus the season 5 ending didn't overdo it. it was almost perfect.

  12. The cycles were completed in season 5. In amazing fashion. Pearlman becomes the judge was interesting, especially because Daniels became Pearlman. It really is just you and me on this one.

  13. And I'm ok with that. Daniels to Pearlman wasn't that big to me. We all knew Daniels had skeletons in his closet and he was never going to become Chief. It is interesting that Pearlman wasn't necessarily the one who made him switch carreers, but he never wanted to with Marla. I don't know if it was because of the timing in his life, or because of the fact that he never liked Marla to begin with. Although Marla is evidently involved in the Daniels issue, I'll go on record as saying she is a nice lady and I never disliked her.

  14. by the way:

    Cutty- "The game done changed"

    Slim- "Game's the same, just got more fierce"

  15. FYI

    Too bad I don't f-ing get the channel

  16. I only like Friday Night Lights when they pay me.

    Cutty was a pretty interesting character. He was cool with Wee-Bey, got a job, and when he wanted out of the game, he was actually let out.

    He wanted to change himself for the better and did. You didn't get to see that too much in the show. Pretty much Cutty, Bubbles, McNulty for a split second, but then he relapsed.

    Stringer, Marlo, all the longshoremen, Wallace, etc? No way.

  17. Am I the only one who remembers when McNulty wrecks his car trying to make the turn when he is wasted and then backs up takes the turn at full speed and destroys his car. That and when he had sex with that girl on the hood of a car and the cops showed up, he flashed his badge and they drove off were without a doubt his two best McNulty moments. He makes me want to drink Jameson and be a dirty cop.

  18. Sorry, but I gotta finish this one.

    "How do you get from here to the next place?"

    "Wish I knew."

    The entire Cutty and Dukie scene says way more than virtually anything else.