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Mark
09-03-2006, 08:27 AM
I'm debating firing it up at midnight tonight, but I think I'd rather wait to see it in HD.

J. Wilson
09-03-2006, 09:39 AM
I probably will watch it on On Demand. I've waited 19 months already, I don't want to wait another week.

Sy-Klone
09-03-2006, 09:43 AM
You know, I'm this close to signing up for HBO, if only so I know why the shows are so highly praised. Seriously, around these parts, almost every HBO show gets high praise, from The Wire to The Sopranos to Curb Your Enthusiam, even Carnivale and Lucky Louie have been praised.

I feel like I'm missing out and want to join in, but I'm not a movie buff. :dunno:

RichJohnston
09-03-2006, 09:54 AM
You know, I'm this close to signing up for HBO, if only so I know why the shows are so highly praised. Seriously, around these parts, almost every HBO show gets high praise, from The Wire to The Sopranos to Curb Your Enthusiam, even Carnivale and Lucky Louie have been praised.

I feel like I'm missing out and want to join in, but I'm not a movie buff. :dunno:

A number of HBO shows air on network TV in the UK. Curb Your Enthusiasm, Sopranos, Big Love, Sex And The City, Six Feet Under, some are joint BBC productions like Band Of Brothers, Rome and Extras, or Channel 4 shows like Ali G. I ever hear Little Britain is getting the HBO makeover treatment with David Walliams and Matt Lucas turning their character eye across the US. It's nice to see what America can do when the FCC blinkers are taken off. And The Wire is one of my favourites of all time, up there with Deadwood.

Brian Reed
09-03-2006, 09:58 AM
I feel like I'm missing out and want to join in, but I'm not a movie buff. :dunno:

Oh, don't worry -- HBO isn't something you get for the movies.

We usually wait for the DVDs, but we've been watching Deadwood Season 3 OnDemand the last couple of nights. I didn't know they were putting The Wire up. I'll have to check that out.

Mark
09-03-2006, 10:00 AM
You know, I'm this close to signing up for HBO, if only so I know why the shows are so highly praised. Seriously, around these parts, almost every HBO show gets high praise, from The Wire to The Sopranos to Curb Your Enthusiam, even Carnivale and Lucky Louie have been praised.

I feel like I'm missing out and want to join in, but I'm not a movie buff. :dunno:
You most definitely are missing out. Here's Dr. Bryce's prescription: rent or buy the first season of either The Sopranos, The Wire, Deadwood, or Six Feet Under. From there things will kind of go by themselves.

Natty P, Scientific Adventurer
09-03-2006, 10:12 AM
I'm gonna wait til it premieres because it's shot in hd this year and you can't get hd on hbo ondemand.


Super stoked though.

Natty P, Scientific Adventurer
09-03-2006, 10:13 AM
Also, I don't get hbo ondemand with directv so my previous post was pretty masturbatory.

Meteornotes
09-03-2006, 11:19 AM
I'll wait for the HD version next week. Plus we're not done with the Season 3 DVDs yet (Mary has never seen that season). Next Sunday will rule, between the return of The Wire and the first week of pro football...

dt

Natty P, Scientific Adventurer
09-03-2006, 11:20 AM
I'll wait for the HD version next week. Plus we're not done with the Season 3 DVDs yet (Mary has never seen that season). Next Sunday will rule, between the return of The Wire and the first week of pro football...

dt

I'm pissed cuz the Giants play at night and I don't have Tivo (long story, suffice to say Directv sucks nutz.)

Briomega
09-03-2006, 11:35 AM
Wait this is the new season? I hadn't heard about this. I still need to catch up with Deadwood but if this is available I may not be able to wait and will just watch it again in HD later.

J. Wilson
09-03-2006, 06:35 PM
You know, I'm this close to signing up for HBO, if only so I know why the shows are so highly praised. Seriously, around these parts, almost every HBO show gets high praise, from The Wire to The Sopranos to Curb Your Enthusiam, even Carnivale and Lucky Louie have been praised.

I feel like I'm missing out and want to join in, but I'm not a movie buff. :dunno:

Carnivale was excellent in it's first season and sucked ass in the second and deservedly final season.

J. Wilson
09-04-2006, 05:50 AM
Anyone one else unable to find the new episode of The Wire on the On Demand page for HBO?

Fourthman
09-04-2006, 08:17 PM
Anyone one else unable to find the new episode of The Wire on the On Demand page for HBO?
Apparently there was and usually is a delay in their feed out of NJ, This has delayed the premiere for many different places around the country. I'm fucking pissed.

J. Wilson
09-05-2006, 03:00 AM
Apparently there was and usually is a delay in their feed out of NJ, This has delayed the premiere for many different places around the country. I'm fucking pissed.

Join the club. I had looked forward to watching the show all day yesterday.

JMP
09-05-2006, 03:19 AM
Is it up yet? I want to watch the new episode of The Wire back to back with the latest Brotherhood.

JABSEN
09-05-2006, 03:23 AM
I feel like I'm missing out and want to join in, but I'm not a movie buff. :dunno:I haven't watched a movie on HBO in years. I get it for their shows.

Fourthman
09-05-2006, 04:35 AM
Is it up yet? I want to watch the new episode of The Wire back to back with the latest Brotherhood.
Nothing yet this morning.

eroz
09-05-2006, 05:26 AM
I saw the Wire Season 4 first episode on OnDemand last night.....:rock::rock::rock: I'll watch it again on sunday in HD.

The kids having a piss balloon fight was great!!

Mikie
09-05-2006, 05:54 AM
I just picked up season one on DVD ($20 used). First episode was good. Very good, actually. I'm sure I'll be hunting down the next two seasons very soon.

Jonny Z
09-05-2006, 06:24 AM
for those who have or will watch it before sunday, If i've never ever watched an episode of the wire before, will i be ok watching this? or should i just watch the dvds of the first 3 seasons (not that i have much time to do so)

Natty P, Scientific Adventurer
09-05-2006, 06:26 AM
for those who have or will watch it before sunday, If i've never ever watched an episode of the wire before, will i be ok watching this? or should i just watch the dvds of the first 3 seasons (not that i have much time to do so)


Would you watch Buffy starting with season 4?


You've been putting this off long enough Z. You know it, I know it, Bob Dole knows it.

Natty P, Scientific Adventurer
09-05-2006, 06:28 AM
Here's Bill Simmons from ESPN on the Wire


17. "The Wire"
Readers kept telling me to watch this show. They implored me. They kept e-mailing me. They badgered me. I didn't listen. As I've described multiple times in this space, I hate being told that I should watch a show; I like discovering them at my own speed. And if it made me three or four years late for the party with classics like "The Sopranos" and "24," so be it. It's just that I can't willingly jump onto a show; it needs to happen organically.

For instance, here's what happened with "The Wire:" On a Tuesday night in mid-August, the Sports Gal and I were home with nothing to watch and ending up stumbling onto "The Wire Re-Up" button on HBO On Demand. I'd been avoiding this show for four years because the Baltimore drug scene didn't appeal to me unless Raffie Palmeiro and Miggy Tejada were involved. But the Sports Gal was the one who said, "Let's watch the first show of 'The Wire' and see if we like it."

Within 10 minutes, we were hooked. We ended up banging out three episodes the first night and another three the second night. Then our cable system switched to a new provider ... and all the Season 1 episodes disappeared into thin air. Now we were scrambling. None of the video stores around us had Season 1 in stock. I ended up ordering Season 1 online (two-day delivery courtesy of Amazon Prime), but we were so hooked on the show that when someone returned Season 1 to our video store, we rented the last three discs that same night. We banged out the last seven episodes in two nights before the DVD was even delivered. That's how hooked we were.

I'll go this far: I'd put Season 1 of "The Wire" against anything. The first three seasons of "The Sopranos." Seasons 1 or 2 of "24." The first seasons of "NYPD Blue," "ER" or "Miami Vice." You name it. I have never seen a show like it. Season 2 wasn't as good (if Season 1 was an A-plus-plus-plus, then Season 2 was a B-plus), and we're just about to dive into Season 3, so I don't have an opinion on that yet. Everyone seems to agree that they outdid themselves with Season 4 and that it's a legitimate masterpiece. Just know that you can absolutely start watching Season 4 without having seen the other three seasons. It's not an ideal way to break into the show, but you can do it.

Without giving too much away, four more things you need to know:

A. Before I started watching "The Wire," my four favorite TV/movie detectives of all-time were Sonny Crockett ("Miami Vice"); Jack Cates ("48 Hrs."); Johnny Kelly ("NYPD Blue"); and Nick Curran (Michael Douglas' character in "Basic Instinct"), who couldn't break away from Sharon Stone even though he knew that every time she climbed on top during sex, there was a 50 percent chance she might ram an ice pick into his chest. But Jimmy McNulty in "The Wire" (played by Dominic West) ... he might end up beating them all before everything's said and done. He might have even moved to No. 1 during the scene in Season 2 when they raid a brothel and he ends up in a threesome before the rest of the cops arrive. Not even Sonny Crockett would have done that.

B. I love any show with a slew of mostly no-name actors that bang their roles out of the park, although it was weird to see one of the leads from "Remember the Titans" playing drug lord Avon Barksdale. With that said, Alonzo Mourning gives an inspired performance as Stringer Bell (Avon's manipulative consigliere). Maybe the best athlete/Hollywood crossover since Kareem in "Airplane."

(Wait, that's not Alonzo Mourning? Are we positive?)

C. In an attempt to be gritty, they didn't cast any of those Angie Harmon/Jill Hennessey types who always seem unrealistically cute for a drug/crime show set in a place like Baltimore. And since the actresses on the show are average-looking down the line, guess what happens? It's like the Lambeau parking lot, any press box or any NESCAC keg party ... the females who do appear on this show end up seeming disproportionately hot by about the fifth episode. Absolutely bizarre. I love when this happens.

D. Omar might be my favorite HBO villain since Adebici. And that's saying something.

Anyway, I can't believe I didn't watch this show sooner. It enrages me. I'm not doing the "YOU NEED TO WATCH THIS SHOW OR YOUR WHOLE LIFE WILL BE INCOMPLETE!" routine, because that might scare you away. Just know that it's one of the five greatest shows I've ever seen. And I hope you stumble across it some day.

Organically, of course.

eroz
09-05-2006, 06:37 AM
for those who have or will watch it before sunday, If i've never ever watched an episode of the wire before, will i be ok watching this? or should i just watch the dvds of the first 3 seasons (not that i have much time to do so)
Not really....at least not in the first episode. It would help so you would know who the characters are and why they are doing some things.

But as soon as you get a chance to watch the first 3 seasons jump on it.

Mikie
09-05-2006, 05:34 PM
Would you watch Buffy starting with season 4?


You've been putting this off long enough Z. You know it, I know it, Bob Dole knows it.

:lol:

I love that you made that refrence. Classic!

J. Wilson
09-06-2006, 03:12 AM
I watched the episode on OnDemand last night.

Wow, for an episode where nothing really happened, this was a perfectly handled show. You get introduced to the new players, updated on the regular characters and see everything cast into play.

Simply superb.

Fourthman
09-06-2006, 03:14 AM
I watched the episode on OnDemand last night.

Wow, for an episode where nothing really happened, this was a perfectly handled show. You get introduced to the new players, updated on the regular characters and see everything cast into play.

Simply superb.
I was so engrossed, it was an hour later before I realized there was no Omar as yet.

J. Wilson
09-06-2006, 12:18 PM
I was so engrossed, it was an hour later before I realized there was no Omar as yet.

Or Bubbles.

I wonder if Rhonda and Major Daniels are still together.

McNulty is still with the redhead dock cop from Season 2. (Way cool, because she's hot!)

I loved how Kima pulled that authorization over on the obviously ineffective lieutenant.