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Haven't written anything substantial here in a pretty long while now. I'm sure I'll get back to spilling my guts sometime soon.

For now, I just want to mention that I have just discovered the HBO show "The Wire" -- almost finished with season 1 now -- and it is so fucking good. It's sort of like "Law and Order" but more thoughtful and unpredictable. No formula, and it really goes into the characters' lives. Sort of like "Breaking Bad" too, but more realistic, I think (less campy, although BB isn't all that campy), and with a much bigger scope. BB is pretty tightly focused on the slow downfall of its two lead white guys as they stumble through the world of drug production/sales and the war on drugs. "The Wire" is just about that whole world. There are so many wonderfully interesting characters and I don't think a single person on it isn't kind of fucked up but they're so compelling and so human.

My favorite characters are probably Omar (I just saw someone on YT describe him as "if Clint Eastwood were gay and black"), Wallace (16-year-old low-level drug dealer, oldest of a bunch of orphaned siblings), McNulty (your basic maverick detective, alcoholic, Irish, divorced), Bunk Moreland (McNulty's awesome partner), Rhonda (female prosecutor), Greggs (lesbian detective, also working on a law degree), and Bubbles (heroin addict, thief, and police informant). There's a bunch of others I like a lot too: Lester Freamon, Donnette, Johnny Weeks (Bubbles' buddy), Bodie...

I kind of want to make a vid or something. I think I might for Season 1. Any song suggestions? Anyone else love this show?

Here's a nice write-up of the show.



Also! Watch some dancing! My favorite two dances from the last two episodes of "So You Think You Can Dance. ""Mad World": a homeless guy and a businessman run into each other on the street and realize they used to know each other. And "How It Ends" -- supposedly about two best friends, but really, the show's first dance depicting a homosexual romance (albeit, one that ends badly).

And while I'm recommending dances, here's a couple more I liked from earlier this season. The two I just mentioned are both contemporary, and the next two are both hip-hop. My Chick Bad -- less of a storyline than the contemporary pieces, but the idea is... modern cowboys and a girl who kicks ass? And then there's Outta Your Mind. This doesn't have much of a storyline either, but the basic idea is a therapy session. Alex -- a ballet dancer by training -- is so good in this, and so good in general. It's such a shame that he had to leave because of an injury. Hmmmm and also this one: This Bitter Earth -- the actual dance doesn't start until 1:55, but the first two minutes tell you about the dancers and the dance.

Date: 2010-08-09 12:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] leerala.livejournal.com
fuck fuck fuck i love the wire.

season four is the best.

Date: 2010-08-09 05:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] memorywillrust.livejournal.com
yesssssss yes yes. yes.

Date: 2010-08-09 06:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] stephantom.livejournal.com
So glad you guys love it too!

I've got some catching up to do though. Don't give anything away. :)

Date: 2010-08-10 09:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] scarlet-carsons.livejournal.com
Belated reply: The Wire is awesome. (And omg that first site you linked to has links to Wire fic. This makes me so happy.)

Without giving too much away, you might want to keep an eye on Pryzbylewski and D'Angelo. (Also, I'll always have a soft spot for Stringer and his ruthless ambition.)

Re: vidding - if I had the resources, I'd make a vid using M.I.A.'s Paper Planes, even though the song might be kind of over-exposed by now. It might need clips from all five seasons, though. ('If you catch me at the border I got visas in my name' is very season 2-ish, while the rest of the song could be good for covering both the drug politics and the city council politics.) So, uh, I'm going to rec Paper Planes as a Wire song.

Date: 2010-08-13 07:14 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] stephantom.livejournal.com
Nice Omar icon.

Unfortunately there doesn't appear to be very much Wire fic out there. I haven't been looking very hard though, because I'm afraid of stumbling on spoilers.

Pryz is definitely growing on me. It was hard to forgive him for the asshattery in the beginning -- punching that kid for no reason and costing him his vision in one eye. But now that he's not allowed near people any more, he seems much more endearing. And perhaps mildly autistic.

D'Angelo I do like a lot. I thought I'd listed him as one of the characters I was interested in but I guess I forgot.

I don't think there's been all that much focus on Stringer yet, but I've heard others list him as a favorite too, so I will look out for further development...

And good idea with that song. I'd actually thought of using it for Breaking Bad before but never got to it, and you're right, it could be really good with The Wire. All this being said, though, I don't know if I'll ever really complete it or not. My skillz are quite limited and I'm not sure I could do it justice. But I'll probably play around with it at some point. I would love to see a (or several) Wire vid though. But as I said, I'm holding off on looking into fanworks much because of the spoilers. I've got serious catching up to do.

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