No, this post wasn’t written in 2003. I’m just tardy for the party as always. For a long time, folks have been telling me about the greatness that is The Wire. A slew of my favorite nerdy Black boys have even called it “the greatest TV show ever” unabashedly. Even the President of the United States, Barack Obama, said it’s his favorite show. I definitely shoulda paid more attention. But I hadn’t seen one episode, and I was being told that my life wasn’t as full as it could be because of this. “The Wire” has some very passionate stans.
What happened when I finally decided to see what the hype was about? I watched 8 full episodes in one night. And when I went to bed, I actually dreamt about what I saw. I dreamt about West Baltimore, the low-rises, the police force, the drug rings… And when I woke up, thoughts of The Wire woke up with me. So I watched the remaining 5 episodes of Season 1 and itched like Bubbles to get my hands on Season 2. They got me.
I see the hype and I buy into it fully. The show’s so good that I forget it’s scripted. The dialogue is realistic and the conversations flow like they would in real life. The characters feel like real people. All the characters feel natural. There are gray areas like in real life and every time you think you’ve figured out the bad guy, he’s just another layer of this larger story that won’t end. The fact that no one person is a 3-dimensional cartoon villain in a show that revolves around crime is hella impressive. And the stories are intertwined believably, not in the far-reaching “that’s this person’s uncle’s 3rd cousin’s stepson by marriage twice removed” way.
D’Angelo Barksdale, Avon, Jim McNulty, Bunk, Kima, Prez, Lieutenant Daniels, Bubbles, Bodey, Stringer Bell, Omar and the others have me caring about their lives. I’m so into their story and I’m losing sleep to find out what happens next. I haven’t been captured by a TV show like this since the first time I watched “Scrubs” and I had to go out and buy all the season DVDs so I could catch up.
The Wire is amazing so far, and I’ve been told that I haven’t even gotten to the good part yet. And this makes me so excited that I could just roll around on the floor. The anticipation of the other 4 seasons has me giddy. The show is smart, captivating, enthralling and all around phenomenal!
A whole decade late, but I am finally a fan of The Wire. Nay, I am a stan. Better late than never, right?
So… did you guys and gals watch “The Wire” when it was on? Or were you like I was 2 weeks ago: a stranger to its’ awesomeness?