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Max Knight

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So who watched this last night?

To be honest, I didn't make it all the way through. I thought that the writing was lackluster, and the constant swearing got on my nerves. I have nothing against swearing, but it was just so constant, and without any point that that it felt like each sentence had 3-4 curse words stuffed in as filler, making the phrases unwieldly in the actors' mouths.

I know the cast can act, as many of them have previously been seen on OZ and done quite well. The story was just boring, and the dialogue clumsy.

That was my take on it. Anyone else?
 

Paul Jenkins

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I agree, it wasn't the best premiere of a new series on HBO. It definitely seemed bland compared to the season finale of Six Feet Under, perhaps coming from that great episode (best of the year, IMHO) to The Wire was part of the reason I couldn't get into that much.
That said, I'll definitely give it another chance next Sunday to see if it picks up, there isn't much else on :)
 

David Paymer

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I have to agree with you on the swear words every second, it got tedious. The "F" word must have been used 200 times at least. The show has potential and I'll give it another chance next week but they have got to work on the language and make the cops a little more interesting. The drug dealers were compelling, however.
 

Ryan Spaight

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Since this was coming from the guy who wrote the book that inspired "Homicide: Life on the Streets," I had to give it a fair shot.

There's a lot that feels like "Homicide" in here, from the dense dialogue to the authentic feel. This doesn't look like a show that'll throw in unrealistic car chases and shoot-outs just to keep your attention, and I like that. It did assume you knew a lot about police department politics, though, which would have made it rough going for many.

Unlike "Homicide," though, both the police and drug gangs are being given equal time. The parallels between the two organizations are already interesting, and will probably become more so.

Looking at the previews, things pick up plotwise next week. This was just a table-setting episode.

Ryan
 

ScottH

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I thought the writing and acting were top-notch. It was a lot of swearing, but hey, that's how people talk, especially inner-city criminals and law enforcement officers. My only disappointment was that I was hoping for something a little more than just a run-of-the-mill cop show, which is what this seems to be. As Ryan points out, I do like how the criminals get equal time. In any event, I will keep watching. The Dominic West character is great...I think he's a guy we'll be hearing a lot about in the near future.
 

Todd Terwilliger

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I really wanted to like it but it just did not do it for me. I'll give it a few more episodes but I was very unimpressed.
 

Jeffrey_Scotts

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I suffered through the entire show and TOTALLY hated every minute. I always try to make it through at least one, so I can judge the whole show. Just about everything was bad in my book: the script, the acting, the directing, etc. were just pathetic. My goodness, all the profanity was enough to make me leave. While I don't mind it when appropiate, it very much looses its effectivness when dished out just for the sake of it (which is what they did). It was as if they said hey, we are on HBO, look at us say what NYPD can't.
NYPD's worst episode can't compare to this stinker of a show. I certainly won't be watching another episode. :thumbsdown:
Jeffrey
 

Max Knight

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I love The Shield, my wife and I have been hooked on it. Honestly, I think it's the swearing that turned me off. I don't have the cleanest mouth around, but it was really distracting. I just don't believe that people speak like that in real life. I've never heard someone who swore that much, and I have not lead a sheltered life by any stretch of the imagination. With each sentence chopped up like that I just couldn't feel what the characters were saying.
 

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I love The Shield, my wife and I have been hooked on it. Honestly, I think it's the swearing that turned me off. I don't have the cleanest mouth around, but it was really distracting. I just don't believe that people speak like that in real life. I've never heard someone who swore that much, and I have not lead a sheltered life by any stretch of the imagination. With each sentence chopped up like that I just couldn't feel what the characters were saying.
I feel the same exact way about The Shield, but on the other side of the spectrum. I know that show pushes the limits to what's acceptable on prime time basic cable, but everytime they talk I'm thinking people like that just shouldn't sound as dignified as that, and I start wishing the show was on HBO. I didn't think The Wire came anywhere close to The Sopranos in the language department. Interestingly enough, I live in the Baltimore area, where The Wire is filmed/set, and I wasn't distracted by the language at all. In fact, I think I barely noticed it. Maybe I'm hanging around with the wrong people! :frowning:
 

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