It's that time of year. My annual theme blog. In 2011, I went with the Sopranos and 2010 The God Father. In my previous themes, you could distinguished between a cool character and a slimy one, in the Wire, I doubt if anyone can walk away feeling totally good about their character.
For the people not familiar with the past HBO series The Wire, it's a cable series that depicts the grimy side of Baltimore's Police Department, Politicians, and Citizens. This is no Andy Griffith or Hill Street Blues it's straight "Gutter".
THE WIRE BY WIKIPEDIA
The Wire is an American television drama series set and produced in and around Baltimore, Maryland. Created and primarily written by author and former police reporter David Simon, the series was broadcast by the premium cable network HBO in the United States. The Wire premiered on June 2, 2002, and ended on March 9, 2008, comprising 60 episodes over five seasons.
Each season of The Wire focuses on a different facet of the city of Baltimore. In chronological order they are: the illegal drug trade, the seaport system, the city government and bureaucracy, the school system, and the print news media. The large cast consists mainly of character actors who are little known for their other roles. Simon has said that despite its presentation as a crime drama, the show is "really about the American city, and about how we live together. It's about how institutions have an effect on individuals. Whether one is a cop, a longshoreman, a drug dealer, a politician, a judge or a lawyer, all are ultimately compromised and must contend with whatever institution they are committed to."
Despite only receiving modest ratings and never winning major television awards, The Wire has been described by many critics as the greatest TV drama of all time. The show is recognized for its realistic portrayal of urban life, its literary ambitions, and its uncommonly deep exploration of sociopolitical themes.
Josh Innes (610) - When you think of Omar, you ask yourself "how in the hell can this guy be so raw". The attraction of the Wire may lie in this character because it's one of the most dynamic characters in cinema. A homosexual assassin.You will find yourself engaged in his character and out of know where you are hit with a homosexual scene and you are like, TMI. Omar shows no fear and go's after the top of the food chain in the crime world. He jacks Marlo, Avon, Prop Joe all why being somewhat of a snitch for the police. He's a "hood" Robin Hood. The only allies he have is a big sawed off pump shotgun and a bullet proof vest and of course a stable of boys. In season 5, he gets wacked by the least likely of characters, a kid.
Nick Wright (610) - Is over the Wire Unit with somewhat of an accelerated promotion path that was clearly not deserved on merit. Sometimes he can come off as cool and other times he can get just as crooked as the rest. Not to mention that boy got that Jungle Fever. One of the flaws of the Wire IMO, they never explained why Daniels left his wife for the prosecutor.
Craig, pull my coat on this one, in season 3, Kutty Slapps a High school girl and later in the season freezes up when it was time for him to bust a dude that messed over him.
Jerome Solomon (Chronicle/97.5) - This guy is down with what's ever in style and beneficial for him. He is a team player but he's out for self. He will stab any and everyone in the back to get what he wants. Afterwards, we learned, this guy was pretty damn intelligent but not intelligent enough for the streets. This is Avon Barksdale right hand man.
Is it me or does Levy and Adam Wexler resemble each other?
Barry Warner (610) - Sheeeeeeeeeeeeet. Funny old politician dude and hella crooked. Dude's whole purpose is for nifty "one liners". He knows the game but is very outdated.
Fred Davis (610)- Passionate and want to do things by the book. Loves her job too much which causes problems in her relationship. At the end of season 1, she was misplaced in a very wrong situation.
Adam Rapp (790) - Impulsive. One of the most vicious "hits" in the serious on his uncle Proposition Joe. One of the guys you see every now and then and you always get the fill he's about to bust out a flow because we know his hip hop pedigree. Prop. Joe's nephew.
Fred Fauor (97.5) - Baltimore native and love his city with an idea of to return to his city to greatness, but it's all a pipe dream. The system sucks him in too. Opts to leave City Council for a shot at Mayor. He won.
David Nuno (1560) - Legally blind and out of the loop but very in tune with everything in the streets.
Marc Vandermeer (Texans Radio) - Ruthless but a notorious team hopper. One minute on Avon's team, the next minute working for Proposition Joe. It's simple, he sides with the muscle and the muscle is what he's supposed to be. He is somewhat a spoke person for his gang.
John McClain (Chronicle) - Is a pond for multiple entities throughout Baltimore. He will go whichever way the wind blows. From Mayor to Mayor Elect to delegates, he's just a tenured Commissioner looking to save his job and make everyone happy.
Mike Melster (610) - Calculating and very smart. He works under THE GREEK and will do anything to protect him.
JO (HMW) - Wild as hell and ready to terminate on site. Low key and behind the scene. Marlo's muscle.
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Craig Shelton - Just a wicked ass dude who always appear to be one step ahead of his enemies. In the end he tries to leave the streets under "legal pressures" but he can't and finds himself being himself. Much love for the streets and very cerebral gansta.