Sorry for the lack of entertainment and engagement, lately.
I’ve had 10 ideas for a post up here at my cabin since Saturday night, and haven’t got to any of them.
…For a decade, I’ve been admonished to watch the early 2000s HBO series, The Wire, which I may have touched on in an earlier post. When I got Amazon Prime, I saw they are adding older HBO series, included. No ads. The Wire is one of them.
Many months ago I watched Season 1/Episode 1 and was mystified, didn’t get it. Months later—i.e. recently—I took it up again and after a few episodes of development in the first season, well, it’s as the French say: tu as tout compris (You have understood everything). Incidentally, I was first told that when I remarked about eating a big lump of pungent French cheese on a crust of a French baguette, chased with a swig of Bordeaux, while the latter two were still in my mouth.
How pathetic? I’ll tell you: I watched the entire Season 2 yesterday, between about 10am and 3am.
And I can’t stop. I’m 3 episodes into Season 3.
My favorite quote in the entire season so far? Well, oftentimes you, as a watcher, have to do some detective work yourself; so that when a guy sits down with someone else, it’s not obvious the connection, relationship, history. This is why you have to pay for drama of this quality. Perhaps they tout compris.
In this case (Season 2/ Ep 2 or 3) it was a black, section commander 6 months from filing retirement papers at 30 years in. He’s lamenting to an older, uncle figure about how the city is worse than when he began and what does that say about him.
“It’s all about drugs, now, and that’s sweeping leaves in the wind. It’s human nature.”
This series, though drama, ought to be required viewing in any college course about politics, and the money, influence, career advancement and pension status that oils the werkings.
Update: just in case you askin, I adore Omar.
Update 2: I dare you to give me critical distinctions between the the lawless and the law enforcers. Is “the law” your distinction? Well, it’s certainly a distinction, but it’s certainly not critical. This series will have you rooting for and loathing the good guys, rooting for and loathing the bad guys. The government is the middle man, always getting its cut.