gazurtoids wrote:Exactly. However much people rave about The West Wing or The Sopranos or The Wire or any of them, I'm loathe to invest even the 10-or-so hours needed to see if it gets going, never the mind the 100-odd most of the established "greats" take up.
As far as I'm concerned, most stories worth telling don't need that long to be told. It must be the least-compact format of any story-telling medium -- even the most epic books don't take that long to read! I'm sure there must be plenty of filler in there.
I can understand you being wary of it, so was I.
The Wire is worth every minute. There is almost no filler in it. It has about a dozen totally unforgettable characters, and that isn't counting the main protagonist (the city itself). The use of language is just fabulous.
I know people bang on about it, but there is a reason for that, it's head and shoulders above anything else, still nothing to compare to it for me.
It tailed off a bit towards the end of the last series, but that takes nothing away from the sustained briliance over 80 hours imo. Amazing acheivement.