Tuesday, January 8, 2008

DeAngelo blogs ‘The Wire’

My boy DeAngelo Starnes is blogging about my boy David Simon’s show, “The Wire,” at EbonyJet.com. Check out his breakdown of the season premiere, filtered through his own political binoculars.

18 comments:

Michael Fisher said...

The Wire is about the going-ons in a largish concentration camp. That's all.

Now, who controls the going-ons in a concentration camp?

Undercover Black Man said...

^ Michael... ain't no way I'm engaging in a conversation about a Global System of White Supremacy on this day, when Barack Obama is rippin' the roof offa New Hampshire and changing the game of Campaign '08.

So please gather your loved ones, turn on the cable news, pop some popcorn, and enjoy this night.

DeAngelo Starnes said...

Dave, thanks for the shout out!

Undercover Black Man said...

^ Keep breaking it down.

DeAngelo Starnes said...

Dave, Simon's episode was so well-written that it was easy to review. That was some damn good writing. I could've written more and think I'm gonna lead off next week's review with dissecting a scene I left out of this week's essay.

Thanks for the hat-tip.

Eb the Celeb said...

thanks for the tip... absolutely love the wire... thought the premiere was pretty slow dont and am not really feeling them incorporating the media... but i know its going to get good... mike is the truth

hisboyelroy said...

I'm glad to see Clark Johnson back at it. Last thing I saw him in was HLOTS. Great show before they killed it with dumb plot lines, etc.

DeAngelo, read your review, nice job, I'll check each week for updates.

Andrew said...

Hey David, Simon seems to be taking a good amount of heat in the press over his portrayal of the newspaper bosses this season. Some are claiming that he's writing them as one-note villains as a way of settling an old grudge. Of course, some of these people's complaints seem as petty as they're accusing him of being, so who knows. As someone who was actually in the room with him when the season was being conceived, I'd love to hear what you have to say on the matter. Loved the premiere by the way.

Undercover Black Man said...

Hey Andrew. Actually, I wasn't in the room with Simon while this season was conceived. (I was for Season 4.) When I came in to get the marching orders for my mid-season ep., all that was kind of figured out.

Speaking just as a fan watching the season premiere -- and admittedly, I was sick in bed, and only saw the last two-thirds... I'll have to catch a rerun -- but my initial problem with the newsroom scenes has nothing to do with Simon's grudge-holding or score-settling.

It just seemed like there was so much jargon being thrown around in those scenes... it didn't pull me into the newspaper world, the way the cop jargon did pull me into the cop world, or the street jargon pulls me into the corner world, or the political jargon, etc.

I worked for newspapers for 9 years, and I don't remember people walking around talking all jargon-y all the time.

But "The Wire" seasons always start with a lot of pipe-laying. We'll see how it goes.

Eric said...

Check out this unique view of The Wire:

http://freakonomics.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/01/09/what-do-real-thugs-think-of-the-wire/

Undercover Black Man said...

^ That was an entertaining read, Eric. Thanks. (Loved the wagering!)

Michael Fisher said...

By the way, David...

"Michael... ain't no way I'm engaging in a conversation about a Global System of White Supremacy on this day, when Barack Obama is rippin' the roof offa New Hampshire and changing the game of Campaign '08."

Wasn't all that inappropriate after all?

Undercover Black Man said...

^ (Womp womp.) Yep... you got me.

Michael Fisher said...

Graceful, Mills. I'm actually starting to like you, to my chagrin.

dez said...

But "The Wire" seasons always start with a lot of pipe-laying.

Mmmm, Bunk and McNulty....

What?

Undercover Black Man said...

^ You tickle me, dez.

Anonymous said...

A new fan said:
Late to the show. Love it! Almost finished 3rd season. I assume the show used local people as extras. But I'm wondering: Who among the characters with speaking parts is played by someone actually from the Baltimore community? Could someone answer this for me? Thank you!

PerryPR said...

I don't want to be anonymous (above blog). To repeat: Late to the show. Love it! Almost finished 3rd season. I assume the show used local people as extras. But I'm wondering: Who among the characters with speaking parts is played by someone actually from the Baltimore community? Could someone answer this for me? Thank you!