Friday, June 18, 2010
Watched first episode of The Wire last night. This episode feels very much like the beginning of a complex, novelistic narrative. The pacing, the look, the entire grammar of the show is very much like the Sopranos. I'm both exciting about embarking on watching all the episodes of this show, but still a little put off by the fact that it is, in many ways, a cops and robbers drama (detectives and drug dealers). While I like The Wire's focus on the administrative organization of both groups, you wonder why these two groups can be used to represent the whole of urban experience. Why not other groups like small-scale store owners and customers, or accountants, or residents of a group home for the mildly mentally disabled? For some reason, television (and perhaps much of 19th and 20th century fiction) has focused on cops and criminals.
Anyway, I've rented the second episode of The Wire and will watch it soon.