Can someone please, please do me a favor and explain "The Wire" to me? I've been hearing about the greatness of this show for many years now, and I finally broke down a couple weeks ago and checked it out.
The first season DVD arrived via Netflix and I did what I do with every DVD I get in the mail: I didn't watch it for 3 weeks. Your welcome, Netflix.
So I finally watched it and it. is. slow. Really slow. It's the most realistic show I've ever seen. And by realistic I mean they show the boring stuff too. I lasted four episode and then called it quits. And after each episode I said the same thing: "Where's the wire?!" That's right - the first four episodes and a wire is not used once! That's just false advertising, plain and simple.
Now don't get me wrong, it's not a bad show. However, you have to invest 12 hours of your time just to see something happen. Of course that's just a guess that something eventually happens and that's the time it would take. I'm thinking they built the whole first season around why you would use a wire, what it takes to get a wire, and the use of a wire. But in most shows I watch, getting a wire generally takes two minutes and I'm fine with that. Or in the case of "The Departed", it's glossed over entirely.
But I was thinking that maybe the problem isn't the show, it's how good the rest of TV is right now. A lot of people are saying this is the golden age of TV. I agree with half of that. It is the golden age, of TV drama. Cause comedy isn't gold right now. It's crap. So I don't think there can be a golden age with no comedy.
Back to my point: I think with all the great dramas on TV, that first season of "The Wire" pales in comparison. It also feels like a waste of time when I can watch a great hour of a bunch of different things, and yet it will take 12 hours of "The Wire" to get one freaking wire!
Anyway, if there's any rabid fans out there maybe you can explain it to me.
A couple other random TV notes:
--I caught a little bit of the Big in '06 Awards on VH1 last night. DL Hughley was the host, and apparently he playing that character from "Studio 60", you know, the hack black comedian guy. But I was thinking that it's weird that he's been a professional stand up for all these years, yet he ends his jokes with questions. Like "isn't that crazy?" or "what the hell's up with that?" or "that don't make no sense does it? or "what you talkin' about, Willis?"
--I'm confused: is Fergie still copying Gwen or is Gwen copying Fergie now?
--Everyone should watch the much anticipated (by me) Real World episode Wednesday at 10:00. They've been running the previews like crazy, and this is what seems to happen. There's a very large black guy in the house, another religious black guy, and a white religious gay guy. And the commercial shows the gay guy getting into a fight with the black guys and then yelling "I'm gonna get kicked out of the house because some big n----r wants to kill me!" It is insane.
--Here is a list of my top 15 of the current "golden age":
2. Rescue Me
5. The Bachelor
6. The Office
8. Curb Your Enthusiasm
9. Grey's Anatomy
10. Real World/Road Rules Challenge
11. Friday Night Lights
12. Smith (sigh)
13. How I Met Your Mother
14. 30 Rock
15. Prison Break
Jesus, I waste a lot of time.