Friday, September 27, 2013

Shot/Reverse Shot: Episode 40 - The Wire

This week on Shot/Reverse Shot, Joe and I tackle a subject close to our hearts: HBO's epic examination of the drug trade in Baltimore/keen dissection of the corruption of American institutions The Wire. Over the course of a long, free-flowing conversation, we try to get to grips with what makes the show such a brilliant example of what television can do, why it is so atypical for series in the first place, and offer our thoughts on why it is considered to be one of the, if not the very greatest television shows ever made. We also talk about the show in some considerable detail, so beware of spoilers.

This episode was actually recorded last summer but kept getting delayed to a frankly ludicrous degree,. It's basically our The Day the Clown Cried, but more about the decline of the American city and less about clown-enabled genocide. Please bear that in mind if we make any comments which seem weirdly anachronistic in the more enlightened future of 2013. (It also has the now-abandoned Top Ten feature at the end, so is a touch longer than the episodes we usually do now.)

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