First off I realize the second comment in my earlier post comes off as pretty prejudiced against cops, and that I made a pretty sweeping generalization; I stand by my belief that the Wire populates the "police" set of characters with many more like-able types than one would realistically find in a police station, but I do realize that there are many different stripes of cops and that I shouldn't carry such a harsh bias.
man what a sensible guy.
David Simon wrote:[T]he war on drugs has devolved into a war on the underclass... if asked to serve on any jury considering a non-violent drug offense, we would move to nullify that jury's verdict and vote to acquit. Regardless of the defendant, I still believe such a course of action would be just in any case in which drug offenses—absent proof of violent acts—are alleged.
and also, like he says, it really is too bad that so many of the good acting performances in the wire haven't been recognized in the larger film industry, as only a few actors have gone on to really commercially notable acting careers. i mean while i've seen idris elba (stringer) and michael k williams (omar) in a few big films (though admittedly not many good ones), a few of the other strong actors of the show, such as andre royo (bubbles), have been MIA from the visible film industry. it is good at least that the actors playing bunk and freamon have shown up in treme
-- i like that show a lot, and look forward to the new season 2 episodes in april.