Friday, September 28, 2007
Some more Friday Awesomeness: Johnnie Walker and The Most Awesome Show on TV
What's the most awesome show on television? It is NOT any of the following: Lost, The Sopranos, Deadwood, Scrubs, The Office, Grey's Anatomy, or American Idol.
Nor is it any of these: Desperate Housewives, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Battlestar Galactica, So You Think You Can Dance?
In fact, the most awesome show on television is...The Wire.
Thems the facts. This show totally rules over all other shows. Unless you're a dumbass jerk who doesn't agree with this judgment.
And if that's the case, you shouldn't be reading a blog all about awesome.
If you're unsure of my assessment, I challenge you to drink a little Johnnie Walker (red label, let's not get too fancy) and watch a couple of episodes of The Wire.
Since they aren't the type to brag on themselves (ahem, Sopranos), I just felt the need to declare with all my might how awesome The Wire is. It's great for many reasons. However, what makes it particularly awesome is the fact that each season gets better and better. I actually started watching the show in the middle of season 3 (way awesome). Then I watched season 4 (the most recent) in its entirety (fucking awesome). I then used my Blockbuster service to get seasons 1 and 2 (awesome and awesome, respectively).
What's the show about, you might reasonably ask? Well, I don't feel like describing it. So here's one of the show's creators, David Simon, doing it for me:
"Thematically, it's about the very simple idea that, in this postmodern world of ours, human beings—all of us—are worth less. We're worth less every day, despite the fact that some of us are achieving more and more. It's the triumph of capitalism."
"Whether you're a corner boy in West Baltimore, or a cop who knows his beat, or an Eastern European brought here for sex, your life is worth less. It's the triumph of capitalism over human value."
A real feel-good show, you know. Now, don't get all worried. The show can be that heady if you want it to be. However, it can also just be a damned good show set in Baltimore about the Police and the Politicians, and the Drug Dealers. It works on simple and complex levels.