...and all the pieces matter. - Freamon
Piece by piece, a wild but true story is being told with Toronto's city hall at the epicentre. Almost daily more details emerge. This video was released just over an hour ago. (NSFW due to language.)
Call it a crisis of leadership. - Proposition Joe
Rob Ford lost the majority of council long ago, but now he's lost those in his inner circle. With zero integrity and no moral authority to lead, he's literally in the way. Toronto currently has no leader.
We fight on that lie. - Slim Charles
Ford Nation reminds me of America's Tea Party. If it's a lie, they fight on that lie. I have otherwise sensible friends who devour every lie Rob Ford tells despite evidence to the contrary. With these blind followers, it's more about being with Rob Ford than being right.
You play in dirt, you get dirty. - McNulty
Until Rob Ford takes accountability for his poor decisions and harmful actions, this saga will continue. Rob Ford has his hands dirty and it soils us all. It's difficult to say it any better than Jimmy McNulty said it.
A lie ain't a side of a story. It's just a lie. - Terry Hanning
For months Rob Ford has been lying through his teeth with no regard for the reputations he tarnished and the integrity he cost himself and his esteemed office. Historically this has been Rob Ford's move: lie and deny until faced with absolute proof and then deflect and blame the messenger. But Rob Ford's lies aren't a side of the story, they're just lies. And lies cannot live.
Offiicials are going to crack down on alcohol consumption in Trinity Bellwoods Park. That got me thinking about Major Bunny Colvin and his paper bag monologue during the second episode of the third season of The Wire.
Here it is if you're unfamiliar with The Greatest Show On Television, Ever™.
And if a small wrinkled-ass paper bag isn't available, a tallboy fits perfectly in a Tim Horton's extra large cup.
I didn't see Family Guy last night, but I'm told it included this bit about Breaking Bad and The Wire.
In case YouTube pulls the clip, it's Peter Griffin being hypnotized to say "Breaking Bad is the best show I've ever seen, except maybe The Wire. I will never stop talking about Breaking Bad or The Wire".
I enjoy Breaking Bad, but it's not the show I recommend to everyone I meet. That show would be The Wire, The Greatest Show On Television, Ever™.
The Greatest Show On Television, Ever™ made its debut on HBO ten years ago, and they're finally giving us fans what we've been asking for.
I recently finished watching The Wire for a second time. I thought I'd throw down some final thoughts while it's all still fresh.
First and foremost, I was as riveted the second time as I was the first time, and the first time I thought it was the greatest television show I'd ever watched. I really like Breaking Bad and Mad Men, but they both feel watered down and boring next to The Wire. Watching The Wire demands my complete attention, because it's not dumbed down and some of the accents require great focus. No other show forces me to shut out the rest of the world the way The Wire does. When I'm watching, there's no checking email or Twitter or thinking about my 'to do' list. It's just me and Baltimore.
I love how it grabs a hold of me and refuses to release me until episode 60 ends. I love keeping track of the dozens and dozens of characters, rooting for my favourites and against my least favourites, even when I know exactly what's going to happen. There's no other series like The Wire... no other series goes as deep, is written with such texture and performed with such consistent excellence.
Ok, enough raving. You get it, I love The Wire. I plan to watch it a third time with my son in three years, and I can't wait. I already miss Omar, Bubbles, Slim Charles, Bunk, Avon, McNulty, Cutty, Freamon and yes, even Wee-Bey. I miss 'em all.
After round two, here's how I'd rank the seasons:
- Season 4
- Season 3
- Season 1
- Season 2
- Season 5
My favourite characters? That's crazy tough, but it might just be:
- Slim Charles
How did I leave the kids off of that list? You can't do a top ten list of characters on The Wire, you need to do a top 50. Next time...
I love a good story. The Wire is hundreds of amazing stories interwoven with a common thread. There's no other show like it.
Two questions for you:
- Have you seen The Wire?
- If yes, name a series you enjoyed more so I can watch it immediately.
I'm ploughing my way through The Wire a second time. I should wrap up season four this weekend. Dare I say The Greatest Show On Television, Ever™ is even better the second time?
The first time around, I listed my ten favourite characters on The Wire, but that list will be different this time around. This time, guys like Dennis "Cutty" Wise are earning my respect.
Cutty is the poster boy for reformation, a legendary soldier back in the day who comes out of The Cut after serving fourteen years to learn the game ain't in him no mo'.
Cutty isn't just reformed, he's respected. I love this scene with Cutty, Avon and Slim Charles.
I have a few things to say about Slim Charles, too... but I've got more watching to do first.
It's been almost two years since I finished my first viewing of The Wire, a.k.a, The Greatest Show On Television, Ever™.
A couple of days later, I was asking where the hell I go from there. Watching The Wire pretty much ruined television for me. Since then, I've found exactly two series that came even close: Mad Men and Breaking Bad. I refer to Breaking Bad as The Greatest Show On Television Next To The Wire™.
Over the Xmas holidays, I dove back into The Wire. I'm almost done season two. It's just as good the second time around, even knowing exactly what's going to happen. It's like going back to life school, as you can easily map the political bullshit oozing from the Baltimore police department and corners to your own cubical jungle. My 2011 was The Wire without the guns and drugs, but you won't read about that in the archives.Omar, my favourite television character of all-time, said it best. It's all in the game, yo.
After all, a man's gotta have a code.
No question, it's The Wire. Trust me. If you've seen The Wire, I'm 100% sure you'll agree.
And if you've seen The Wire, you'll love this blog I just discovered. It's called Wire Inspire, and the site's "about" description says it all.
Everything I need to know, I learned from five seasons of the greatest show on television.
I now have two questions to ask myself before making a decision: What Would Wendel Do and What Would Omar Do.