Im going with The Wire. I think its the greatest tv show of all time. The Sopranos peaked in season 3 with the Italy trip for me. The show was never as good once Nancy Marchand passed away RIP. The Wire was the most complex, consistent and thought provoking show Ive ever seen. I think it could have kept going and hit every strata of Baltimore/Americas cities. Maybe the healthcare institutes would have been Season 6? And yeah, Omar Little was the Doc Holiday of Murdaland.
You have a show that strikes a very serious drama tone when they have a realistic rape scene (or whatever, just an example), and then the next scene you have a guy like Pauly Walnuts or Dante who are clearly a (bad) parody characters. I couldn't really get into the seriousness of the story because of that.
Sopranos was pretty Shakespearian like that, for me that was one of the best parts of the show.
Originally Posted by miller-time
wasn't exactly the way i wanted to see omar go out, but i think the point is that he had built up a reputation and even though anyone could have taken him out pretty easily their fear held them back. the kid was really the only one who could have taken omar out 1 on 1. he had no fear and omar wasn't expecting him to come at him so he let his guard down.
Originally Posted by guy
I don't think thats what they were trying to show. I think they were trying to show that anyone can get got at anytime by anyone. It doesn't matter who it is and it doesn't matter how much build up, drama, and backstory there is behind it i.e. Stringer or Bodie's death. It can be as completely random as it was. IMO it captured that aspect about that environment and because of that I thought it was pretty brilliant.
I think it's a combination of what both of you are saying. There was a steady theme in the show of the ruthless younger generation coming up and their disregard of prior rules/standards/ways and how this made everything unmanageable. Check the links below:
The biggest difference between the shows, to me, was that "the Wire" showed how societies outcast created an environment where a lot of people were locked into their universe and how their eat or be eaten world shaped the outside world. The dynamics of being being crazy had ramifications to the top man in the city. A true case of chaos affecting order and the delicate balance within. And how the inner city reality breeded an evolving culture of madness that was capable of genius.
Even with a keen eye you can't tell what twist and turns will make a Bunk, Omar, Marlo or Stringer and thats the reality of inner city characters.
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