History YMMV / TheWire

6th Jan '18 3:32:22 PM TrollBrutal
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* MisaimedFandom: As with most ganster stories, it struggles with DoNotDoThisCoolThing and RootingForTheEmpire.

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* MisaimedFandom: As with in most ganster gangster stories, it struggles with DoNotDoThisCoolThing and RootingForTheEmpire.
6th Jan '18 3:31:22 PM TrollBrutal
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* MisaimedFandom: As with most ganster stories, it struggles with DoNotDoThisCoolThing and RootingForTheEmpire.
-->'''David Simon''' I think there’s a great deal of forgiveness for the streetwise badass in this world. I mean, there’s a peculiar way in which the gangster chic tends to overwhelm some viewers’ sense of morality. I was always amazed when we would present the idea of some 15-year-old kid who, because he bore witness and talked to the police, would have people online saying, "Oh, Randy got to be got because he was snitching." I’d be thinking, No, Randy needs to be 15 in America. He needs to have a childhood, you asshole.
26th Nov '17 8:17:33 PM Ploopyandproud
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** Herc for being a belligerent and corrupt idiot who doesn't seem to learn anything despite having multiple opportunities to do so.

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** Herc Herc, for being a belligerent and corrupt idiot who doesn't seem to learn anything despite having multiple opportunities to do so.so. Whenever he gets chewed out by his superiors for doing something stupid/illegal, it's almost always entirely deserved.



** The Sobotka family and the rest of the men working at the Baltimore docks. Their working class livelihood is on it's way out due to mechanization and economic progress elsewhere. It's sad because they're largely shown to be a fine bunch of guys but are slowly losing out to desperation and despair as the decline of their profession steepens. Frank Sobotka is especially tragic, with all his efforts to save the docks [[spoiler: [[ShootTheShaggyDog getting him killed and ultimately being for nothing]].]]
*** Ziggy also has a sympathetic side in spite of being a senseless idiot. [[SadClown It's suggested that his moronic antics are motivated by deep-seated insecurity and sadness]]. [[spoiler: The genuine angst and horror he feels after shooting Glekas is also portrayed rather poignantly.]]

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** The Sobotka family and the rest of the men working at the Baltimore docks. stevedores in season 2. Their working class livelihood is on it's way out of life is disappearing due to mechanization and economic progress elsewhere. It's sad because they're largely shown powerless to be a fine bunch of guys but are slowly losing do anything to stop it. Although they're working with [[RuthlessForeignGangsters the Greeks]], they're only doing so out to of desperation and despair as the decline of their profession steepens. are otherwise swell guys. Frank Sobotka is especially tragic, with tragic; all his efforts to save the sacrifices he made for the docks and his men [[spoiler: [[ShootTheShaggyDog getting him killed and ultimately end up being for nothing]].naught and get him killed]].]]
*** Ziggy also has a sympathetic side in spite of also being a senseless idiot. frustratingly stupid. [[SadClown It's suggested that his moronic antics are motivated by deep-seated insecurity constant acting-out is because he's insecure and sadness]].depressed]]. [[spoiler: The genuine angst and horror he feels after shooting Glekas is also portrayed rather poignantly.]]
20th Oct '17 8:23:18 PM jokevv
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*** Did he come to enjoy it because he was trapped?
22nd Aug '17 7:47:16 PM karstovich2
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* BetterOnDVD: Due to the huge cast, intricate plot, and stubborn refusal to hold the viewer's hand, it's ''much'' easier to catch all of the details by binge-watching.

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* BetterOnDVD: Due to the huge cast, intricate plot, and stubborn refusal to hold the viewer's hand, it's ''much'' easier to catch all of the details by binge-watching. (Between this aspect and the relentless focus on the drug war, policing, race, and the headaches of the modern American city, it seems to have been tailor-made not for the decade it was made in but the one after.)
31st Jul '17 12:35:02 PM CaptainCrawdad
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* DarknessInducedAudienceApathy: A bit of a subversion, but nonetheless present for some viewers. While the circumstances behind the Baltimore setting aren't entirely hopeless and tragic, the [[NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished sheer number of well meaning characters struggling to get by getting chewed up and spit out]], while [[KarmaHoudini the more conniving ones get by scott free with heinous crimes and corruption]] can leave even the most optimistic viewers crying out "enough already". It's easy to assume that this was a deliberate, calculated move on David Simon's part, just to paint the horrible reality behind "The War on Drugs" in all of its gruesome, hard-to-watch complexity, but it's still tough for any sensible viewer to take in large doses.
** Simon has said he inserted quite a bit more humor into the show than was really warranted, just to keep it from being too depressing for anyone to watch.

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* DarknessInducedAudienceApathy: A bit of a subversion, but nonetheless present for some viewers. While the circumstances behind the Baltimore setting aren't entirely hopeless and tragic, the The show's bleak tone, with so many sympathetic characters [[NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished sheer number ground between the cogs of well meaning characters struggling to get by getting chewed up and spit out]], the system]] while the same system [[KarmaHoudini the more conniving ones get by scott free with rewards some of its most heinous crimes and corruption]] members]], can leave even alienate some viewers. That said, the most optimistic viewers crying out "enough already". It's easy to assume that this was show does have a deliberate, calculated move ''lot'' of humor on David Simon's part, just to paint the horrible reality behind "The War on Drugs" in all of its gruesome, hard-to-watch complexity, but it's still tough for any sensible viewer to take in large doses.
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it, which Simon has said he inserted quite a bit more humor into admitted to inserting to prevent the show than was really warranted, just to keep it from being too depressing for anyone to watch.depressing.
31st Jul '17 12:22:20 PM CaptainCrawdad
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* BrokenBase: Season two and season five, which shifted the focus from the drug trade to different arenas in Baltimore. Season four, which added a focus on city schools, tends to be rather well liked.
** Season two's focus on the Southeast Baltimore docks and the Sobotka family. A number of fans praise it for its unconventional focus on the intricacies and decline of a profession, while other viewers dislike it because it takes attention away from the West Baltimore drug trade that the rest of the series revolves around.
** Season five's focus on the press, slight shift from stark realism to dark humour, and some character personality changes, were also criticized by some in the base.
27th Jun '17 8:47:53 PM karstovich2
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* EarWorm: ''The Wire'' is second only to its contemporary and HBO stablemate ''The Sopranos'' for effective use of music in the Golden Age of Television, and much of it has a habit of getting stuck in the viewer's head:
** Each variant of "Way Down in the Hole" used as an opening theme is an ear worm in its own way.
** The Greek songs (both by legend of '60s-'80s Greek pop Stelios Kazantzidis) played towards the end of Season 2's "Bad Dreams" have a particular way of getting stuck in your head, particularly the one viewers usually call "Ephyge" (because of the refrain), but actually entitled "Ena sidero anameno."
26th Jun '17 3:29:37 PM Scoutstr295
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* SeasonalRot: While not considered bad by any means, there are those who think that Season 5 is weaker and unrealistic compared to the other seasons.
9th Jun '17 5:48:55 PM Ploopyandproud
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** Herc for being a dumb cop who doesn't seem to learn anything despite having multiple opportunities to do so.

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** Herc for being a dumb cop belligerent and corrupt idiot who doesn't seem to learn anything despite having multiple opportunities to do so.
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