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The Wire: Every Cliche in the Book

The characters on The Wire are hardly new, novel, or interesting, but are regurgitations of other cop shows.

  • So much of entertainment is derivative. I think this will be a good critique. I haven't watched the show but the ad looked so boring. It is funny to see you talking about it. – Munjeera 5 years ago
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  • The genius of The Wire does not lie in the originality of its characters (nobody would ever make such a claim), but rather in the ways in which each and every one of them represents a facet of the real-life war on drugs in the American urban landscape. To call them cliches feels simplistic; they're archetypes that make a greater picture when they all come together, like individual dots in a pointillist painting. PM me if you'd like further clarification, or to discuss the subject in greater detail. It's a really great show that I feel isn't being accurately represented by your stance. – ProtoCanon 5 years ago
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  • I must publicly confess here that ProtoCanon is correct that The Wire is special. I'm now seeing what I missed in the haze of my post-Breaking Bad viewing. Omar is an especially amazing character. I'd like to share a spot of tea with him... behind bullet-proof glass. – Tigey 5 years ago
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  • Then again, I've lost interest early in season four. – Tigey 5 years ago
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