History YMMV / TheWire

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.

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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 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.
22nd Apr '17 4:28:30 PM TheFox
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** Kenard. Probably the only [[JustifiedTrope justified]] example of one.
** Ziggy
** Templeton
** Herc

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** Kenard. Probably Kenard for being a horrible, sociopathic little brat. Oh yeah, there's also the only [[JustifiedTrope justified]] example fact that he [[spoiler: '''killed Omar.''']]
** Ziggy seemed to exist for no reason other than to constantly make things worse for himself and those arond him through sheer stupidity, and fans disliked him as much as the characters themselves.
** Templeton. In a series where almost no one gets a happy ending no matter what side
of one.
the law they'r eon or how sympathetic they are, the fact that a slimy, dishonest reporter like him [[spoiler: wins a Pulitzer]] and faces seemingly no punishment really rubbed fans the wrong way.
** Ziggy
** Templeton
** Herc
Herc for being a dumb cop who doesn't seem to learn anything despite having multiple opportunities to do so.
9th Apr '17 11:31:13 AM Silverblade2
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** MagnificentBastard Clay Davis, arguably the GreaterScopeVillain on the semi-legal side arguably counts. A corrupt FauxAffablyEvil sociopath who steals money from charities and is known to be pretty scummy in his personal life, ultimately responsible for ruining Tommy Carcetti's reign and is a thorn in the side of Cedric Daniels investigation due to his political friendship with [[DaChief Ervin Burrell.]] He also lacks HonourAmongThieves, willing to implicate the likes of Nerese, Royce and others when he is under scrutiny in Seasons 4 and 5. Not one redeeming quality is shown by him apart from his giving away the name of the gambling addict when pressured to by Lester Freamon, and that wasn't out of goodness but because he didn't know he'd actually been left off the hook.
5th Apr '17 4:49:46 AM TywinIsGod
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** For Stringer: [[spoiler:What he does to Wallace]]. And if that doesn't convince you, [[spoiler: arranging D'Angelo's death. Dee was one of the only completely likeable members of the Barksdale gang and was on the way up education-wise at The Cut. Then Stringer has him killed and [[MakeItLookLikeAnAccident makes it look like a suicide]] just because he's afraid of Dee ratting to lower his sentence, ''and he does so without ManipulativeBastard Avon's consent''. Not to mention the fact that before and after the hit he spends a lot of the time fucking D'Angelo's girlfriend, and even has the balls to pick up and hold D'Angelo's infant son while he's plotting to have his dad murdered.]] Holy shit.

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** For Stringer: [[spoiler:What he does to Wallace]]. And if that doesn't convince you, [[spoiler: arranging D'Angelo's death. Dee was one of the only completely likeable members of the Barksdale gang and was on the way up education-wise at The Cut. Then Stringer has him killed and [[MakeItLookLikeAnAccident makes it look like a suicide]] just because he's afraid of Dee ratting to lower his sentence, ''and he does so without ManipulativeBastard Avon's consent''. Not to mention the fact that before and after the hit he spends a lot of the time fucking D'Angelo's girlfriend, and even has the balls to pick up and hold D'Angelo's infant son while he's plotting to have his dad murdered.]] Holy shit.
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