The Wire Watchalong: Season 1, Episodes 11, 12, and 13

thewireWelcome to the Inanimate Blog watchalong for The Wire. Every week all summer we’ll be watching two episodes and posting our thoughts. We’re not recapping each episode in detail; that’s what Wikipedia is for. This week is Season 1, Episodes 11, 12, and 13.

S01E11

Emily: I spent a good share of episode 11 reasoning that since they hadn’t shown us Kima’s body then she was probably going to be OK. A lot of the rest of the episode was just background noise to that, at least at first.

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The Wire Watchalong: Season 1, Episodes 9 and 10

thewireWelcome to the Inanimate Blog watchalong for The Wire. Every week all summer we’ll be watching two episodes and posting our thoughts. We’re not recapping each episode in detail; that’s what Wikipedia is for. This week is Season 1, Episodes 9 and 10.

S01E09

Sam: Man, is there anything more embarrassing than losing your annual gang-rivalry basketball game? Especially when you paid big bucks for the local junior college star.

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The Wire Watchalong: Season 1, Episodes 7 and 8

thewireWelcome to the Inanimate Blog watchalong for The Wire. Every week all summer we’ll be watching two episodes and posting our thoughts. We’re not recapping each episode in detail; that’s what Wikipedia is for. This week is Season 1, Episodes 7 and 8.

S01E07

Sam: Shit gets real in this episode. At least, in the one storyline we both expressed so much apprehension for last week. One word: Wallace.

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The Wire Watchalong: Season 1, Episodes 5 and 6

thewireWelcome to the Inanimate Blog watchalong for The Wire. Every week all summer we’ll be watching two episodes and posting our thoughts. We’re not recapping each episode in detail; that’s what Wikipedia is for. This week is Season 1, Episodes 5 and 6.

S01E05

Sam: I’m going to start this one. It’s taken me five episodes to remember to write it down to comment on, but I did: I hate the fake quotes at the beginning. I get what they’re doing and that’s fine, I just have a personal hatred of quotations attributed to fake people.

Emily: It’s so self-important and The Wire doesn’t need to quote itself. It’s plenty good enough on its own.

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The Wire Watchalong: Season 1, Episodes 3 and 4

thewireWelcome to the Inanimate Blog watchalong for The Wire. Every week all summer we’ll be watching two episodes and posting our thoughts. We’re not recapping each episode in detail; that’s what Wikipedia is for. This week is Season 1, Episodes 3 and 4.

S01E03

Emily: We get the fallout of the previous episode with almost no consequences because Pryzbylewski is married to the major’s daughter or something.

Sam: Yeah, that was pretty frustrating (as it was supposed to be). They can just blame it on the impoverished, disadvantaged people living in the towers and point the finger and say “They started it!” even though that’s total bullshit.

Emily: Fortunately, there are better things to follow. The kids in the courtyard owned this episode. Especially D’Angelo.

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The Wire Watchalong: Season 1, Episodes 1 and 2

thewireWelcome to the Inanimate Blog watchalong for The Wire. Every week all summer we’ll be watching two episodes and posting our thoughts. We’re not recapping each episode in detail; that’s what Wikipedia is for. This week is Season 1, Episodes 1 and 2.

S1E01
Sam: Before watching episode 1 last Sunday, I knew all of three things about The Wire: 1) Everyone says it’s the greatest thing ever, 2) There are characters called Stringer Bell, McNulty, and Omar, and 3) It takes place in the city of Baltimore. And yet, when the show started and they said something happened on the “west side,” I instinctively wondered what city it was and whether that was a valid comment for a real city or if they’d fictionalized an existing city. And then I went OH. RIGHT. That’s this show. Got it.

Emily: Going in, I knew pretty much the same amount about The Wire as you did. The other major thing I knew about was that each season took a look at the problems and corruption in different institutions in Baltimore, and the first season focused on the police department.

Sam: Right! I had a vague notion that each season had a different topic, and that it was notoriously hard to follow. I will admit to watching the first episode with a kind of hyper-vigilance to make sure I was paying attention to everything that happened so I wouldn’t get lost. I was pleasantly surprised to discover that it actually isn’t bad at all; they don’t spoon feed you anything, but it’s not hard to figure out what’s going on from the context. What a novel concept- plot development through what the characters actually do and say and who they do and say it with. Good job, David Simon!

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