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The Wire it certainly isn't
on 3 April 2012
Have just sat through all of series 1-3 on DVD and I am not sure I would bother with Series 4 (whenever it comes out). I am a fan of legal / cop drama, and in theory this should be a hit; but somehow it doesn't quite do it for me. The acting, like many have already remarked, is OTT in places and the cast is nowhere near as strong as other series. The main problem though is the story - there are endless twists and turns and whilst it makes for some compulsive viewing early on, you start to switch off very quickly as scene upon scene of back-stabbing and plot twists makes it seem like the work of a slightly deranged man... Everyone is very well dressed and slick but it looks very contrived, and the endless flashbacks / soft focus shooting really starts to weary on. It would be unfair to compare it to series like The Wire (which is in my view the best written series of all time) as it's just an inferior product. I will be trading in my DVDs for something else at my local store.