I watched a bunch of movies over the summer, a lot of which I liked. I even caught a few animes I’d been meaning to see and enjoyed them.
Truly, this summer was left me well-off with enough time to view the things I had been waiting for/putting off for the past two years thanks to college. Even with this new job and this internship for the last two-thirds of the season, I’d felt satisfied doing what I love to do—consume quality media and learn from it so that I may understand more and become a better creator of media myself.
That said, no movie or show or experience, for that matter, struck me as hard as a show called The Wire. You’ve probably heard it somewhere in passing through pop culture: “there are those who haven’t seen The Wire, and those who think it’s the best TV show ever made,” or something along those lines.
Quite possibly the most densely-layered TV show I’ve seen, it’s also grown to be my personal favorite. Its creator, David Simon, has gone on record about its novelistic structure, but it truly lives up to its legacy and its description. It is by all means a sprawling epic of American inner-city lifestyle and a harsh, almost documentary-like exposé of the institutions that hold back the individual.
With more characters than Game of Thrones (I’m guessing, but I’d also argue) and characterization that reaches peaks I didn’t know possible within ensemble works, it is amazing that the show finds room to tell its entertaining story rife with social commentary. It does it so seamlessly, to the point where one scene, even one line, can hit you on so many gut levels, you just sit and watch in admiration, jaw agape at how real this show keeps it.
The Wire pulls absolutely no punches in its critique of what is wrong about the drug war, about the sociological system that we’re put through, and about way too much for me to even begin truly dissecting. I still think about this show. I re-watch so many clips just to relive them, and then I decide to re-watch episodes for the exact same reason. I look for reasons to watch this show again. I tell people to watch it just so I can watch it with them.
Normally I’d be cautious or reserved about over-hyping something. I haven’t even begun to truly praise this show. There’s far too much minutiae and nuance for me to go through it all and tell you why it’s so strong.
You owe it to yourself to watch this show. You don’t even need to take it from me, take it from the many who’ve seen it and agree. It demands a steely dedication to its slow burn narrative, but the payoff is ultimately some of the best across all mediums. Once you find its engaging plot take hold, then you realize its importance. It is one of the best, if not the best show ever made.
In any way you can, see it.
Heems | Womyn
"Try to be great. Try to give extra. Try to be bold. Try to invent your own reality. Do what’s not been done before. Don’t even get started if you’re gonna just do mediocre shit. Don’t do it just to make noise, there’s too much noise. Give me something amazing, give me something new. Give me something I haven’t seen before in a way I haven’t seen it. Let me feel something. Find some kind of magic. Go towards something inexplicable. Give me something aggressive and gnarly. Chew up the world and come at it from some other place. But just don’t give me the same shit over and over again, because I don’t want it."