I've been a fan of The Sopranos since it began, and have been extremely heartened by the news that there will be a new series in 2006 of what I thought was possibly the finest TV show ever. Until now. The Wire is a multi-layered story of drugs, murder and political corruption in Baltimore. All those gritty elements from that earlier Baltimore classic Homicide:Life on the street are here, but the plot is infinitely more complex. (Former Homicide cast member Clark Johnson has directed episodes 1 and 2, to add to his portfolio which also included The Shield). It explodes with surprises. So many characters turn out to be not what first impressions suggest they are. It's fascinating to see how a disparate group of characters are brought together to pursue an investigation that everyone in a position of power wants to see fail. But they start working together and as small successes come in, they start to roll. It's difficult to talk around this brilliant series without giving the plot and its myriad twists and turns away (and there are twists right through to the end) and spoiling anyone's enjoyment. Just do yourself a favour and buy it! One small thing, although there are pretty good opening credits to The Wire, the opening titles to The Sopranos are still the benchmark that remain to be surpassed. I'm placing my pre-order for Series 2, which reports say (and it's very hard to believe)has improved on perfection.
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