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Sci-Fi BSG: Better than The Wire?

Discussion in 'Television & Web Series' started by Tim, Mar 19, 2009.

  1. Tim

    Tim Creative Writer

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    The Guardian website (British newspaper) has finally printed up a view of BSG that compares it in technical excellence to the gritty cop drama The Wire. The newspaper pumped so many stories out on The Wire that you would be forgiven for thinking they had some mad crush on it.

    All the while, as with BSG now, they were pumping for watching the show in its boxsets. Marathon viewings separated from broadcasting times. Asked to compare the lives of the characters in the shows with real life events and mentality, fiction is based on fact in these shows and as contemporary shows we are led to believe that they strike right into the heart of the masses.

    The one message that is repeated, is that BSG maybe Scifi, but it isn't trashy work. It is political, humanitarian, based on events and ideologies post 9/11. Nothing but praise for storyline and actors.

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/culture/2009/mar/19/battlestar-galactica-review

     
  2. Kevin

    Kevin Code Monkey Staff Abductee

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    Tough comparison for me since I've never seen The Wire. At least here in the States The Wire aired on HBO and I don't subscribe to it.
     
  3. astonwest

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    Looking forward to seeing the series finale tonight!
     
  4. Webster

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    The Wire is an excellent series, Kevin; very realistic in its' portrayal of urban life in Baltimore and the interactions between the people who live in the city, the antagonism between them and the Baltimore police, and so forth. It was on for five seasons on HBO and each season had a different arc to it...............

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    Most of Season 1 dealt with the police's investigation of the Barksdale drug organization, an investigation that began when a murder witness recanted her testimony, allowing one of the Barksdales' to be acquitted. There's a lot of back-and-forth between the cops, their superiors' who seem a lot more interested in playing politics than actually doing their jobs and those in the Barksdale organization, who are having to deal with interlopers trying to steal territory and drugs from them.

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    Many of the same characters from Season 1(McNulty, Griggs, the Barksdale group, etc.) return but the setting is different......this time, McNulty and his fellow officers are investigating corruption at the Baltimore docks, which begins after several bodies are discovered in a cargo container at the harbor. Many of the same tensions as in Season 1 are still present, especially amongst the higher ranks of the BPD, in particular Major Valchek, who pushes the department to investigate the union which represents the dockworkers(part of the storyline in the beginning of Season 2).

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    In Season 3, the action returns to the streets of Bawlmer(a/k/a Baltimore) but some new players enter the scene, namely some of the city's elected officials and a rival drug organization, the Stanfield organization. The focus returns to the police investigating yet again members of the Barksdale organization. Towards the end of Season 3 the focus shifts to Councilman Carcetti(who's running for Mayor of Balitmore and is politicizing everything the department is doing in an effort to win the election) and the makings of a drug war btwn. the Barksdale and Stanfield crews, a war that could engulf all of the city.

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    Season 4 continues many of the existing storylines. During the crux of the season, we see the decline and fall of the Barksdale crew(and the ascendence of the Stanfield crew), introduces the school system of Baltimore into the mix of the series and the continued interactions btwn. the police, elected officials and those who live in Baltimore.

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    Season 5, which concluded the series, introduces one final group of players in the form of the media, namely members of the Baltimore Sun newspaper. The season also examines the depths to which members of the media, elected officials and police will go to get things done(including fabricating elements of stories to run in the paper, faking a serial killing spree to convince lawmakers to increase police funding and the subsequent coverup of said fake spree).
     
  5. Webster

    Webster The Red Tarheel

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