"The Wire" on HBO

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It seems that there are no threads on here for this show, which mortifies me since it also seems to be the best thing on American TV in years. The season finale is tomorrow night, let's get the ball rolling here! Spoilers to ensue, I presume. Unless none of you fuckas watch it. >:O!!

Adrian (Adrian Langston), Sunday, 24 August 2003 07:21 (eighteen years ago) link

I love the Wire. Haven't seen it in a year since I could no longer afford HBO. :(

Texas Sam (thatgirl), Sunday, 24 August 2003 07:42 (eighteen years ago) link

I love this show too, but I missed the first 3/4 of the first season and there are still things happening on it that I find really hard to follow (mainly the machinations of the drug dealing characters; I have no idea who Omar is or what his deal is). I'm waiting for the first season to come out on DVD so I can figure out big chunks of the story. But yes, it is excellent, fills up the hole Homicide's cancellation left very well, although I kind of wish he could have working in Bayliss or something.

anthony kyle monday (akmonday), Sunday, 24 August 2003 15:14 (eighteen years ago) link

Best show on TV. I loved the season finale. I've loved everything about this show; I even prefer it to Homicide.

I love how high a level they're working on: this is a TV show where they don't have to condescend to the audience and where every single facet - the cast, the story, the locations, the care they put into every detail from the smallest local custom to the largest political issues - is uncompromising.

The DVD may come out next summer - HBO is notoriously slow about releasing those. They're usually two seasons behind, compared to Fox, who put out the 24 DVDs for one season right before the next one starts.

Chris Dahlen (Chris Dahlen), Monday, 25 August 2003 02:31 (eighteen years ago) link

I think the point where I knew this was the greatest TV show ever was last season when two of the detectives were restoring that crime scene in that apartment, and the only dialogue in the entire scene was the word "fuck." It was the ultimate "show don't tell": most shows whack you around with droning exposition upon exposition, but here they told the entire story through evidence photos and gestures - playing with the fridge door, comparing angles of the bullet going through the window - with no meaningful dialogue at all. Brilliant.

How'd people feel about the finale? Not as tight as last year's (since it was setting up Season 3), but I loved it.

Chris Dahlen (Chris Dahlen), Monday, 25 August 2003 02:37 (eighteen years ago) link

Yeah, it's one of those shows that you can't really jump into, which probably stunts its chances at getting a broad base of viewers. But it's sooooo worth it for anyone who chooses to follow it.

Anyway, the first season - yeah, that all centered on the Barksdale case, which didn't exactly take a backseat this season but was... less pronounced. Omar has always stood out on the show, which is usually a little more reserved about its characters - he's the superbadass gay stick-up kid whose boyfriend Brandon was brutally cut to pieces by Barksdale's crew in retaliation to Omar's unrelenting attacks on their stashes. Haha i was gonna continue but to try and recap all the ties and Byzantine dealings between the characters would take a few hours so uh yeah... wait for the DVD. :/ I was lucky enough to start catching the show earlier this year when they reran the first season in prep for the second.

Oh man, there's so much about this show that just gets me giddy though. The final sequence of shots, set to that song, were very fitting; building up and building up, the tension and dynamics of two huge cases built upon each other that still aren't really finished and all the people crammed into the power dynamic of it, and it all collides right on top of that last shot of Nicky Sobotka, completely trapped under the weight of human wreckage. Most of the show is about, and is most sympathetic to, some very deeply damaged human beings, but there's always compassion for them. This show loves its characters and loves its actors (the guy who played Frank Sobotka was brilliant), and I think that's probably one of the things that comes through best in all the episodes (along with the writing, which never misses a single damn beat...)

apparently Richard Price is gonna be writing for them next season too. oh mama.

also, lord, the usage of music is great on here. McNulty driving drunk to "Transmetropolitan" was a highlight; don't really buy Nicky being a Palace Music (!) fan, though..

aaaah someone shut me up already

Adrian (Adrian Langston), Monday, 25 August 2003 02:48 (eighteen years ago) link

yeah, that "fuck" sequence made me say "fuck" quite a bit myself. I knew I was onto something amazing then too.

Adrian (Adrian Langston), Monday, 25 August 2003 02:50 (eighteen years ago) link

The finale was sharp, but you're right that it wasn't as tight - I think I would lend this to the fact that it has to touch on elements hanging from both the first and second seasons. And as you said, the level of detail is high, but they do an amazing job of relating a huge amount of information and subtlety to the audience in a pretty comprehensible fashion. Each episode seems to be worth seeing at least twice, just to catch all the little things...

Adrian (Adrian Langston), Monday, 25 August 2003 02:52 (eighteen years ago) link

Spend some time in Baltimore going to shows, and you'll believe Nicky could have dug Palace.

I loved this show the instant I tuned in and saw somebody from the Annapolis HC scene in a small credited role -- since he's gained more weight than I have since that time, I declare the Wire a classic.

Colin Meeder (Mert), Monday, 25 August 2003 09:34 (eighteen years ago) link

Yeah, I was actually planning on going to a few Baltimore shows when I was in DC a couple weeks ago, but it didn't pan out. Still, point taken. And any show that so casually uses Johnny Cash and the Stooges is always OK in my book.

Adrian (Adrian Langston), Tuesday, 26 August 2003 04:25 (eighteen years ago) link

one year passes...
this is still the greatest show ever ya know

Yanc3y (ystrickler), Monday, 18 October 2004 16:15 (sixteen years ago) link

yer right. i'm in an airport using my phone, so I'm not putting a detailed 'why I love...' together .. but I'm looking forward to catching up on the last 2 episodes tomorrow. I wish I could catch all of the dialog in this show .. If only I were hip enough to understand what crack dealers were saying .. but that genuousness is one of the reasons it's a great show. Also, that the dealers are humanized and you actually root for them sometimes...

dave225 (Dave225), Monday, 18 October 2004 16:39 (sixteen years ago) link

damnit I need last week's and the previous week's (the wake episode, right?) from bitorrent or something, I missed them!

kyle (akmonday), Monday, 18 October 2004 16:40 (sixteen years ago) link

i've been writing a fair amount about this season on my blog, and right now i'm totally obsessed with the show, having bought season one on dvd and reading the wire book, which is really tremendous so far. i think i'm interviewing creator david simon soon! i'm psyched.

Yanc3y (ystrickler), Monday, 18 October 2004 16:47 (sixteen years ago) link

there's a book? a non-fictional one ala Homicide and the Corner, or something else?

kyle (akmonday), Monday, 18 October 2004 16:48 (sixteen years ago) link

It's still very good. Some of the plot machinations are starting to seem rotine (how many more times can we go through the "Dammit McNulty, bring me something by Friday or we're shutting down the wire!" bit?), but the characters, dialogue and layered storylines are all pretty great. I can't think of another show that takes politics -- local politics, no less -- so seriously, and that digs into how it works and its ramifications. Along with Deadwood, it's my current favorite show.

gypsy mothra (gypsy mothra), Monday, 18 October 2004 16:49 (sixteen years ago) link

a book accompanying the series, with essays on the show and episodes written by the show's writers and creator

Yanc3y (ystrickler), Monday, 18 October 2004 16:51 (sixteen years ago) link

It's damn good TV, for sure. Baltimore represent.

I was a little disappointed by the book, I have to say. Most of the episode guides (which is to say most of the book) is just plot summary; now that whole seasons of TV series are coming out on DVD, I don't see a lot of use for such info.

Formerly Lee G (Formerly Lee G), Monday, 18 October 2004 17:17 (sixteen years ago) link

two months pass...
So is it completely over now? It didn't end feeling as if there would be a season four.

dave225 (Dave225), Tuesday, 21 December 2004 13:04 (sixteen years ago) link

It's arriving in the UK in January, finally, on FX, which I don't think I have ever watched.

Martin Skidmore (Martin Skidmore), Tuesday, 21 December 2004 13:32 (sixteen years ago) link

dave225, I've heard they're working on a new angle for a new season, still in Baltimore but possibly involving the Baltimore public school system. I have a feeling we haven't seen the last of that smarmy councilman or Major Daniels and his wife.

God I love this show.

Baked Bean Teeth (Baked Bean Teeth), Wednesday, 22 December 2004 05:19 (sixteen years ago) link

I thought the season wrapped up pretty well. [SPOILERS!!, you u.k. people] Sorry to see the end of Stringer, but it had a nice tragic arc, the past catching up to him, etc. Even the corniest bits (McNulty going back on the beat, the boxing gym) are grounded enough to escape cliche.

So how long 'til the next season?

gypsy mothra (gypsy mothra), Wednesday, 22 December 2004 12:24 (sixteen years ago) link

Oh, and I was glad Omar made it through another season intact. My favorite character on TV.

gypsy mothra (gypsy mothra), Wednesday, 22 December 2004 12:25 (sixteen years ago) link

I wanted to see a showdown between McNulty and Stringer .. I guess that's what makes the show great - they never give you what you want.

dave225 (Dave225), Wednesday, 22 December 2004 13:00 (sixteen years ago) link

Argh I had to skim really carefully through this thread because I've only seen season one, but it was amazing, Sarah and I watched the whole thing in a couple of weeks and became totally overinvolved. What a great show.

n/a (Nick A.), Wednesday, 22 December 2004 15:36 (sixteen years ago) link

well, david simon says hbo might not bring it back, which would be a fucking tragedy. this is my favorite show ever. i just rererererewatched seasons one and two on dvd (two comes out 1/25) yet again, and it's perfection. i might be interviewing simon and burns soon, and i can't think of a chat i've looked forward to more.

Yanc3y (ystrickler), Wednesday, 22 December 2004 15:42 (sixteen years ago) link

Stanley Crouch:

One can never underestimate the human importance of the aesthetic contributions to television narrative that HBO continues to make. One easily recognizes the impetus for the late-night trash that it presents as a neon sop of barely soft-core pornography for the masses, but that would not explain all of the other things that this adventurous station offers. In aesthetic terms, I think this is especially true of The Wire, a dramatic series with much wider scope than The Sopranos, an unprecedented classic.

The human importance of The Wire is that it avoids the caricatures that we are too often given of black people in rap's pervasive minstrelsy and the other fast-food ethnic images of mass media. The Wire is the best crime show since Hill Street Blues, Law & Order, and NYPD Blue. Like its predecessors, the show has a breadth of human vision that moves us far beyond the stereotype and does the best that it can with the mysteries of human personality.

The Wire is set in Baltimore and does not back away from the monstrous elements of the black drug trade in American cities, but it also gives great variety to the criminal characters, from extremely stupid to extremely clever. Even more impressive than that already impressive achievement is the range of black people in law enforcement and the complex rendering of urban politics as played out along racial, sexual, and class lines. For one long stretch its focus was white ethnic crime on the Baltimore docks, and the series was as successful in creating complex scenarios, providing the viewer with maddening, flawed, corrupt, heroic, and tragic characters. Within the limits of its form (which seem to be no more than the width of the screen, since cable television is not, for good and for bad, held in check by censorship), The Wire is a masterpiece and will continue to be as long as it can maintain the depth of the standards it has set for itself.

jaymc (jaymc), Friday, 31 December 2004 16:44 (sixteen years ago) link

I've not seen this show yet (it hits the UK next week on channel FX), but that is an extraordinary piece of writing, in that it doesn't mention Homicide!

Martin Skidmore (Martin Skidmore), Friday, 31 December 2004 17:04 (sixteen years ago) link

Haha.

jaymc (jaymc), Friday, 31 December 2004 17:05 (sixteen years ago) link

Crouch hits on one thing there, the range of black characters, that really sets it apart. Has there ever been a show with so many black lead and supporting characters -- good guys, bad guys, men, women, children, etc. etc.? And it deals with race head-on -- in politics, in the relationships between the characters -- but without pedantry or determinism or whatever. It has the most complex racial dynamics of any TV show ever, and I can't think of many movies that come close.

gypsy mothra (gypsy mothra), Friday, 31 December 2004 17:37 (sixteen years ago) link

That was why I cited Homicide - pending actually seeing The Wire, that is the drama show with the strongest and most prominent black characters that I've ever seen.

Martin Skidmore (Martin Skidmore), Friday, 31 December 2004 17:47 (sixteen years ago) link

Also, David Simon (who created The Wire) wrote the book that "Homicide" was based on, and also wrote and produced for the show. "The Wire" is basically a much more fully realized rendering of "Homicide," without all the constraints of network TV. (That's not to slight Homicide, which -- early on, anyway -- was a good show within those constraints.)

gypsy mothra (gypsy mothra), Friday, 31 December 2004 18:51 (sixteen years ago) link

has this been picked up for another season by HBO? I heard that they were thinking of passing, so if this season ended like there wouldn't be another one, that may be why.

kyle (akmonday), Friday, 31 December 2004 21:16 (sixteen years ago) link

little known fact: I-dris who plays one of the main dons was the premier UK garage MC in New York c.2000-2001 (with Wikkid Crew)

Paul (scifisoul), Friday, 31 December 2004 21:22 (sixteen years ago) link

This starts tomorrow night at 10 on FX in the UK - channel 289 if you have Sky. I'm kind of excited.

Martin Skidmore (Martin Skidmore), Tuesday, 11 January 2005 19:58 (sixteen years ago) link

spread the word, martin!

Jams Murphy (ystrickler), Tuesday, 11 January 2005 20:01 (sixteen years ago) link

did you watch it martin?

Jams Murphy (ystrickler), Friday, 14 January 2005 17:28 (sixteen years ago) link

Yes, and I'm impressed. It obviously isn't going to overtake Homicide in my affections after one episode, but I certainly see why it's so loved.

Martin Skidmore (Martin Skidmore), Friday, 14 January 2005 17:52 (sixteen years ago) link

was it season one?

Jams Murphy (ystrickler), Friday, 14 January 2005 18:06 (sixteen years ago) link

"A key break in the investigation occurred in August when police followed Ferguson to Las Vegas, where he was trying to drum up business for his line of urban wear."

Whoever Posts Below This is Gay (Adrian Langston), Saturday, 15 January 2005 21:58 (sixteen years ago) link

"this is still the greatest show ever ya know"

yes. yes i do know. even though I missed most of this last season :[[[[ After not catching a bunch of eps in a row I basically gave up and decided to wait for the reruns, but the beginning of the third run wasn't quite as arresting as what came before, one had the sense that the show had found a groove and was settling into it (i think by tackling so many Big Ideas™ in the second season they ended up neutering themselves in terms of how far they could expand the scope of the story) (not necessarily a bad thing) but there was still quite a bit of interesting stuff going on. and I had no idea that Stringer bell was one of those rappin' limeys!! They should get Dizzee on there.

Whoever Posts Below This is Gay (Adrian Langston), Saturday, 15 January 2005 22:16 (sixteen years ago) link

Yeah, as far as I could tell they were starting from the very beginning, so I know there is lots to come.

Martin Skidmore (Martin Skidmore), Tuesday, 18 January 2005 13:23 (sixteen years ago) link

"The one woman charged in the case, Melissa Wakefield, 26, has an apparent infinity for high-end shoes, such as Prada and Gucci."

dave225 (Dave225), Tuesday, 18 January 2005 13:31 (sixteen years ago) link

two weeks pass...
I'm obsessed with this show. I only discovered it late last year, on DVD, and am finishing the second season now. Blockbuster doesn't carry it in Baltimore. (Gee, I wonder why?) I'm also checking out George Pelecanos's books (he's one of the show's best writers).
http://www.georgepelecanos.com

Here's my review of Season One in City Pages:

THE WIRE: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON
HBO Home Video

Only some of The Wire's greatness can be measured by how thoroughly it demolishes the "realism" of other TV public dick shows and gangsta soaps. Every trick of television verisimilitude has a freshness date, and makes way for a new set of clichés (think of the shaky camerawork in the now rote Law & Order franchise). Even FX's The Shield, once the cutting edge of morally ambiguous cop heroes, demonstrates the diminishing returns of constantly defying viewer expectations. In the end, its extremism is about nothing but other cop shows.

HBO's The Wire, however, is about work. And the genre it subverts isn't just the crime one, but the nameless category of TV and film that might be labeled "people who are great at their jobs and work like maniacs." Most characters in this emergent genre of the overworked '90s and '00s are judged by how well they serve their institutions. Yet in The Wire, it's the institutions that are the problem--including the illegal ones. Running a housing project in West Baltimore like a death squad might run a food court, local gang members adhere to a demeaning organizational hierarchy. There's no Bonnie and Clyde fantasy of freedom to this murderous pecking order, which exists only to perpetuate itself. (In one poetic touch, the kingpin's right-hand man takes macroeconomics at the community college. At the core, he's a company man.)

The narcotics detectives have their own parts to play, and it doesn't seem remotely heroic when they buck authority. McNulty, the romantic lead among cops (he carries a liquor bottle and spits when he talks), admits at one point that he's pursuing the gang as an ego trip. If characters find dignity anywhere in the Sisyphean drug war, it's in their duties to each other, and in their craft.

Created by a former Baltimore Sun reporter (David Simon, who also gave us Homicide: Life on the Streets) and a former Baltimore Police detective (Ed Burns), The Wire is clearly a work of journalism. But it never pretends that the truth can set you free. --Peter S. Scholtes

http://www.citypages.com/databank/25/1253/article12754.asp

Pete Scholtes, Sunday, 6 February 2005 23:24 (sixteen years ago) link

i can't wait to see this show

Amateur(ist) (Amateur(ist)), Sunday, 6 February 2005 23:44 (sixteen years ago) link

I started from the beginning last week and I'm halfway through the first season right now, and I'm totally astonished by how good this show is. It's exactly the kind of show I want to see right now, at least in terms of realistic fiction.

Matthew "Flux" Perpetua, Monday, 7 February 2005 01:44 (sixteen years ago) link

does it have all the "documentary" stylistic aspects of law and order? i.e. shaky camera and abrupt camera movements, ostentatiously overlapping dialogue etc.? or is it more reserved?

Amateur(ist) (Amateur(ist)), Monday, 7 February 2005 01:46 (sixteen years ago) link

I can't agree with the people who go for the "best tv show ever" thing though - I still think that Arrested Development and The Sopranos are better shows, though this is all very apples-and-oranges. It's definitely one of the best shows ever, though, and most certainly the finest show about cops and crime ever. (The Sopranos is more of a grand tragedy than a straight crime show.)

Amateurist, The Wire is the most naturalistic show I've ever seen on television. Yeah, some shaky camera etc but only when it suits the scene. It's not very stylized, most of the technical filmmaking stuff is pretty subtle.

Matthew "Flux" Perpetua, Monday, 7 February 2005 01:50 (sixteen years ago) link

The style is more cinematic than documentary, which I think is all to the good. It's very well paced and edited, but not in a way that makes you notice -- it's all at the service of the story (or stories, actually), so that what seems good after two episodes seems great after four or six or eight as the various threads wind around each other and the characters get deeper and richer.

It allows itself occasional flashy touches (like Bunk and McNulty's great "Fuck" scene, where the dialogue consists entirely of "Fuck" said with a dozen or more different inflections), but those come as sort of welcome bonuses -- easter eggs for dedicated viewers or something.

gypsy mothra (gypsy mothra), Monday, 7 February 2005 01:55 (sixteen years ago) link

hardly a unique failing of course

k*r*n koltrane (Simon H.), Monday, 15 June 2020 16:02 (one year ago) link

For sure.

DJI, Monday, 15 June 2020 16:03 (one year ago) link

is he still making a Spanish Civil War show? that seems destined to make everyone mad

k*r*n koltrane (Simon H.), Monday, 15 June 2020 16:05 (one year ago) link

eight months pass...

Reg E Cathey was such a delight every time he was on the screen.

Joe Biden Stan Account (milo z), Wednesday, 24 February 2021 05:13 (six months ago) link

Yes he was.

And though Clarke Peters was near-perfect as Lester, I still would've liked to have seen what Cathey could have done there.

pplains, Wednesday, 24 February 2021 13:21 (six months ago) link

Season 5 is both better than I remember (the serial killer plot isn't that bad when it's not focusing on McNulty acting out his relapse, City Hall stuff all good) and much much worse (every scene set at the Baltimore Sun).

Joe Bombin (milo z), Wednesday, 3 March 2021 05:11 (six months ago) link

the smug Simon stand-in at the Sun doing his "at the Baltimore Sun, God still resides in the details" after correcting a poor word choice - fuck u fuck u fuck u

Joe Bombin (milo z), Wednesday, 3 March 2021 05:12 (six months ago) link

awww Clark Johnson, who would later go on to trade off w/Tim Van Patten at directing very special episodes of prestige tV

sarahell, Wednesday, 3 March 2021 15:44 (six months ago) link

He's not bad (as an actor, the role is bad), I didn't see him as a Simon stand-in. This one was an old white-haired white guy. The real Simon stand-in probably is the 50-year old crime reporter who gets bought out and then immediately reveals his photographic memory of everyone who works for the police department.

Joe Bombin (milo z), Wednesday, 3 March 2021 17:34 (six months ago) link

I love Clark Johnson, he was so, so good as Lewis on Homicide. His performance in the episode "Crosetti" is prob my favorite TV performance of all time.

Lily Dale, Wednesday, 3 March 2021 17:45 (six months ago) link

xp - oh yeah that guy.

sarahell, Thursday, 4 March 2021 13:54 (six months ago) link

five months pass...

wgae council member david simon says he decided not to step down specifically to tell digital media workers—which he admits make up almost 1/2 of membership—they're not welcome at wgae and please go somewhere else for solidarity and contract protections https://t.co/TF2mv1ATE8 pic.twitter.com/yURvgVPsx7

— sara david (@SaraQDavid) August 4, 2021

Joe Bombin (milo z), Friday, 6 August 2021 04:07 (one month ago) link

this makes my head hurt

sarahell, Monday, 9 August 2021 03:51 (one month ago) link

Just really dumb reasoning. The great majority of unions organize workers in different trades.

《Myst1kOblivi0n》 (jim in vancouver), Monday, 9 August 2021 04:23 (one month ago) link

also why would you want to lose due-paying members?

《Myst1kOblivi0n》 (jim in vancouver), Monday, 9 August 2021 04:24 (one month ago) link

idk there are definitely dynamics where there are smaller unions that get absorbed (not the best word choice, sorry) by larger ones, and the needs of their members and/or locals aren't prioritized by the larger org (e.g. the teamsters)

sarahell, Monday, 9 August 2021 17:52 (one month ago) link

I can see the rationale for Simon's argument. I just don't know enough about the different agendas/issues about the different types of workers to be able to determine whether he is otm, because he could very well be not otm

sarahell, Monday, 9 August 2021 17:55 (one month ago) link

xp. yes but that's particularly because the teamsters is a bad, undemocratic union

《Myst1kOblivi0n》 (jim in vancouver), Monday, 9 August 2021 18:01 (one month ago) link

four weeks pass...

worst news

terminators of endearment (VegemiteGrrl), Monday, 6 September 2021 22:10 (one week ago) link

photograph taken at his home in brooklyn, august 2021.

by jesse dittmar. pic.twitter.com/xVLILGDfVA

— #freekeithdavisjr (@liberianjue_) September 6, 2021

papal hotwife (milo z), Monday, 6 September 2021 22:13 (one week ago) link

RIP legend

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Monday, 6 September 2021 22:18 (one week ago) link

Man, RIP. Some sites are saying it was an overdose. :(

jmm, Monday, 6 September 2021 22:32 (one week ago) link

sweet remembrance from Paul Reubens/PeeWee Herman

I just saw some extremely sad, heartbreaking news. My friend and supremely talented actor Michael K. Williams has died. We met on a film in 2008 and became casual pals. I was excited to meet him having greatly admired his incredible, insightful work in ‘The Wire’. pic.twitter.com/LD0icMcbei

— Pee-wee Herman (@peeweeherman) September 6, 2021

terminators of endearment (VegemiteGrrl), Monday, 6 September 2021 22:57 (one week ago) link

(click through for the thread)

terminators of endearment (VegemiteGrrl), Monday, 6 September 2021 22:58 (one week ago) link

OMAR

calstars, Monday, 6 September 2021 22:58 (one week ago) link

and Wendell Pierce ;_; (also a thread)

The depth of my love for this brother, can only be matched by the depth of my pain learning of his loss. A immensely talented man with the ability to give voice to the human condition portraying the lives of those whose humanity is seldom elevated until he sings their truth. pic.twitter.com/EvrESGSK8O

— Wendell Pierce (@WendellPierce) September 6, 2021

terminators of endearment (VegemiteGrrl), Monday, 6 September 2021 23:00 (one week ago) link

the idea of paul reubens sending mkw a valentine every year is just breaking my heart into little pieces

Clay, Monday, 6 September 2021 23:03 (one week ago) link

right?

terminators of endearment (VegemiteGrrl), Monday, 6 September 2021 23:12 (one week ago) link

sorry for multi posts

great clip of MKW talking about playing Omar

Omar Little meant just as much to Michael as this character did to us pic.twitter.com/isb8pashM3

— certified lover kar (@karlogan_) September 6, 2021

terminators of endearment (VegemiteGrrl), Monday, 6 September 2021 23:15 (one week ago) link

he really gave his roles full gas, nothing felt like him ~trying~ to give you the character.

and when he cried on camera, you felt it. so good in closeup. he was 100% in it

terminators of endearment (VegemiteGrrl), Monday, 6 September 2021 23:19 (one week ago) link

He was good in other things, but Omar is one of those indelible performances. One of the best characters on one of the best shows ever. R.I.P.

For me, this scene of Michael K Williams as Dr. Marshall Kane is the most deep and intense scene from 'Community'. I've been replaying this scene. 😢 #MichaelKWilliams#legend https://t.co/WVPbmy2T2D

— Anum Jamal (@AnumAJamal) September 7, 2021

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 7 September 2021 00:50 (one week ago) link

forgot about him on Community. loved his character on that show.

Duke Detain (Neanderthal), Tuesday, 7 September 2021 00:51 (one week ago) link

he was great! and he could have came on and given like a 5 and blown everyone ,away but he’s fully giving a 10.

terminators of endearment (VegemiteGrrl), Tuesday, 7 September 2021 01:28 (one week ago) link

This is it. The definitive Michael K Williams take

pic.twitter.com/rzJ5zZ3VTV

— Germinator (@johngermany) September 6, 2021

terminators of endearment (VegemiteGrrl), Tuesday, 7 September 2021 01:40 (one week ago) link

it’s wild to watch this now too

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RpST8KE3vSI

terminators of endearment (VegemiteGrrl), Tuesday, 7 September 2021 04:34 (one week ago) link

Michael K. Williams talking to different versions of himself on getting typecast as a black man. pic.twitter.com/uRowCxU4Tf

— chu (@chuuzus) September 6, 2021

Left, Tuesday, 7 September 2021 08:31 (one week ago) link

last line really hurts now

Left, Tuesday, 7 September 2021 08:33 (one week ago) link

Great clip, vg.

pplains, Tuesday, 7 September 2021 12:39 (one week ago) link

What is it VG, in UK I‘m getting:

Video unavailable
The uploader has not made this video available in your country.

Chewshabadoo, Tuesday, 7 September 2021 15:16 (one week ago) link

ugh ugh ugh

So who you gonna call? The martini police (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 7 September 2021 15:18 (one week ago) link

xpost chewshabadoo - HBO shortfilm “Typecast” - Michael K Williams as himself, and in character as Omar, Chalky & Montrose in conversation together talking about the question of typecasting & how/if it applies to him as an actor

terminators of endearment (VegemiteGrrl), Tuesday, 7 September 2021 15:38 (one week ago) link

wow, that video hits hard. what a great actor, what a loss.

David Simon essay on MKW in the New York Times

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/09/12/opinion/michael-k-williams-david-simon-the-wire.html

terminators of endearment (VegemiteGrrl), Sunday, 12 September 2021 15:23 (six days ago) link

I dunno, that felt a bit off to me somehow, can't put my finger on why.

assert (matttkkkk), Sunday, 12 September 2021 22:18 (six days ago) link

it felt somewhat guarded, and if that is whats going on I am ok with that.

like to me gnot knowing dick about him) this death is deeply personal and even though he is a writer by trade he’s maybe not willing to mine his own grief for us just yet (or ever)

terminators of endearment (VegemiteGrrl), Sunday, 12 September 2021 23:20 (six days ago) link

maybe it felt a bit patronising? like isn't it great that a mere actor became concerned with the overall themes of the show?

assert (matttkkkk), Monday, 13 September 2021 00:55 (five days ago) link

Here's a public link for that (m4a)

bobo honkin' slobo babe (sic), Monday, 13 September 2021 04:46 (five days ago) link


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