Originally Posted by Thomas
I don't know and haven't spoken to why, but he's either chuckling or facepalming at the idea that offering a differing opinion results in the Socially Accepted responses rather than critical re-examination. Or to step through it.
Critics like The Wire
SF likes The Wire
Therefore I like The Wire.
I think its more about the fact that why simply complains. Nobody ever mentions something and has him show up to say "oh yeah, that thing is awesome".
To be fair, now that I am a few episodes in to season 4, I can kind of see what he is saying. Although I don't agree with his sentiment.
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Its true that these guys lives are a little too intertwined. Chance meetings worked out in Season 1 and even 2, because it just made sense--you didn't know the people yet, so they could be any random person. Now the same characters always end up in each other's business.
A few eps into season 4, we've got Prez teaching in a middle school. This middle school is attended by Wee-Bay's kid and Bubbles' protege. Its also the middle school where the Boxing coach's Ex teaches and just so happens to be the same middle school that the former district commander takes his academic to study kids.
Meanwhile, Major Crimes is torn apart, but Freamon and Greggs are together in homicide. Bunk has caught the murder that I can only imagine will eventually pull the "gang" back together into going after Marlo's crew (and of course his perp/vic was Bodie's guy on the street). Greggs gets tossed on to the witness murder that's stirring up shit for the same people that were pissed about the subpoenas she delivered.
Mcnulty is tooling around the western, but I'm sure he will be brought back into the fold once they start finding bodies.
Season 3 was similarly connected I suppose. I don't really begrudge them for this though. In S1, it could have been anyone since we didn't know the characters. But now we have characters that have been developed, and actors on the payroll. It may be a bit too much of a coincidence that Bunk always catches the murders that matter to McNulty and crew, but from a viewer's standpoint, it keeps the show's character count tight. They are all in the same mid-size city so its not that unbelievable (unlike say, Game of Thrones, where you have to have a thousand characters because they've got no telephones or airplanes and the story takes place across continents).
This is just how storytelling works. If it were real life, Bunk would be 5 different detectives, but in a fictionalized account, someone would probably create a composite character to keep the story tight and engaging. Even in the GoT-Book to GoT-Show transition, a lot of characters are merged--easier to have people keep running into the same vile mercenary instead of run into 4 different vile mercenaries that all need several minutes of screen time to set up how vile they are.
On the political agenda, I'm not sure I agree (although I am not done with the show yet so I can't say for sure). If there is an agenda being pushed, it was being pushed from the start. It was there in the middle of season 1.
Its part of the story though. You can't write a story like this without taking a stance (or at least, you can't write it well). Nobody wants to see 5 years of a day-to-day documentary of how the police catch someone...the story has to progress over time, and politics and social ills are part if it. Maybe they are editorializing, but it would get pretty bland without it. I don't expect my fiction to read like a mid-2000's Baltimore newspaper.