History YMMV / TheWire

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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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.
8th Jun '17 8:12:59 PM Ploopyandproud
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* TheWoobie: Poor, poor Bubbles. Wallace, Randy, and Dukie, [[spoiler: none of whom get the rare happy ending afforded to Bubbles]]. Ziggy and Frank Sobotka also have sympathetic qualities.

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* TheWoobie: Poor, poor Bubbles.
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Wallace, Randy, and Dukie, a sweet kid who wasn't cut out for the gang lifestyle. [[spoiler: none of whom get If only he had stayed in the rare happy ending afforded to Bubbles]]. Ziggy countryside...]]
** 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 have has a sympathetic qualities.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.]]
19th May '17 10:32:18 AM TrollBrutal
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** The biggest in the series, however, is probably the Greek. In spite of all the shit he's involved in, the cops can only connect him with a nickname. The punchline? [[spoiler: [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking He's not even Greek.]]]]

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** The biggest in the series, however, is probably the Greek. In spite of all the shit he's involved in, the cops can only connect him with a nickname. The punchline? [[spoiler: [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking He's [[spoiler:He's not even Greek.]]]]]]
19th May '17 1:20:59 AM TywinIsGod
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** The biggest in the series, however, is probably the Greek. In spite of all the shit he's involved in, the cops can only connect him with a nickname. The punchline? [[spoiler: He's not even Greek.]]

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** The biggest in the series, however, is probably the Greek. In spite of all the shit he's involved in, the cops can only connect him with a nickname. The punchline? [[spoiler: [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking He's not even Greek.]]]]]]
12th May '17 9:06:38 AM ImperialMajestyXO
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* DarknessInducedAudienceApathy: A bit of a subversion, but nonetheless present for some viewers. While the circumstances behind the Baltimore setting isn'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.

to:

* DarknessInducedAudienceApathy: A bit of a subversion, but nonetheless present for some viewers. While the circumstances behind the Baltimore setting isn't 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.
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