The Wire

I know I’m late to the party with this one. I’m so late there’s absolutely nothing left to drink, not even a lone can of lager at the back of the fridge or in the bath. Someone’s put on a “chill out” compilation, but shit, it’s being replaced by Portishead’s first album. The guy cuing up Portishead, who has dreadlocks and enjoys snowboarding, has warned me not to go in the downstairs toilet because someone threw up. I should just leave, catch a nightbus home, but fuck it, I might as well wait an hour and jump on a tube.

You may or may not be aware of this, but the first season of The Wire aired way back in 2002 and the fifth and final season finished on HBO just over a year ago. To put that in perspective, About a Boy was in cinemas. About a Boy starred a young Nicholas Hoult. Five years later (2007), he starred in the very first season of Skins.

So I’m late to the party, but I’m not so late as the BBC. As far as my already-stretched metaphor is concerned, the Beeb is still putting on her make-up and hasn’t even called a taxi yet. That’s right, because The Wire is fantastic television, no doubt about it, but the BBC is just about to start showing the first season of The Wire, and with a good degree of hype. Surely it’s the responsibility of the BBC to pick up on groundbreaking drama as it happens. Airing it this late in the game is more of a slap in the face to license payers, I think much more so than if they ignored it completely. Airing it now (and promoting it) is admitting it’s a good show, which they think people will be interested in, but they were way too out of touch to pick it up seven years ago.

Does the show deserve the attention now, so long after it first aired? Well, yes, of course, but you all know that, right? You’ve seen it on DVD just like I have. Like everybody has.

Once I got past D’Angelo Barksdale’s uncanny resemblance to a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle, I quickly grew to love the intricate jigsaw puzzle of a show. The Wire is a heavyweight contender for the title of best cop show ever, no question about it. Hell, you could just splice together all of Omar’s scenes, in any particular order, and you’d have an award winning show right there.


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