Are you suffering from post-Sopranos syndrome? Where everything on the telly just look distinctly second rate after the finishing the ground-breaking HBO series. Yup, me suffered fer long periods where everything from Lost to Heroes just didn't measure up to the snappy dialogue & fantastic character development of Tony Soprano & gang.
But fear not. Hope is on the horizon as the GREATEST SERIES in living memory is about to start its run on Astro's Cinemax. Ladies & gents, The Wire is about to begin here.
Set in the city of Baltimore, this is no ordinary cop & robbers show. Written by an ex-cop & a former newspaperman, it seeks to delve deeper into the problems that beset inner city ghettos. First season examines the drug endemic & what drives it.
In five seasons, The Wire explores the murky issues of corrupt politicians, a police force bogged down by bureaucracy & budget limitations, an education system which churns out drug dealers and a sensationalist media.
It is hard to describe just how utterly fantastic this series is. Suffice to say, wifey & me were fooking hooked & fer a good two months with nothing but episodes of The Wire flashed on our telly only to be interrupted by occasional bouts of live footie.
The violence is hard hitting & bone chillingly real with every ten year old street corner punk ever ready to pop that proverbial cap in yer ass. All characters are allowed the space & time to breathe. How often can you say that in a series where you actually empathise with the bad guys? President Obama who began his political career in Baltimore was quoted as saying his fave character was Omar - a gay, shotgun-totting robber-cum-assassin! Beat that!
Me canna recommends this enough & feels that if ever there was a reason to part with RM200 of yer hard earned cash, the five seasons of The Wire on DVD box sets is it.
Absolutely & utterly essential viewing! Small screen entertainment at its fooking apex.
ps: Any TV series that has a killer Tom Waits tune as its theme canna be all bad, can it? Check out the intro to the series below . . .