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Captain Woodrow .F Call
From: Lonesome Dove
Since: Apr 2014
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The Wire vs Breaking Bad

8 or 9 years ago this forum was filled with fun threads like this where we would discuss things that really matter, sadly this has fallen by the wayside in recent years.

So i want to restart this and ask a simple question and see what the 48 hour furious movie community has to say.

What is the better show, The Wire or Breaking bad ? both show are pretty much considered to be the best tv shows ever made, what one do you guys think takes the mantle ?

Personally i think the wire has it, ive seen both shows and as a piece of fiction i think the wire is just much more important than breaking bad and will be remembered for longer.

what do you guys think ?

( I do so much hope that i get a few replys on this)

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daronjay
From: Auckland
Since: May 2015
Posts: 71

Never seen either show, does that make me weird?? More familiar with breaking bad because it has seeped its way into the general cultural zeitgeist.

However, this is the second comment today suggesting the forums are quiet, even though there are more people in the competition than ever.

I think what you are seeing is a generational thing, older folk (by which I mean people over 35) are the most likely to use forums or email, 'kids today' are all about twitter and instagram and snapchat. The main forum type activity they do still sometimes participate in would be reddit I guess, which has kind of grown and eaten all the others.

I don't think younger folk use social media the same as older people. They don't haunt forums talking to 'interesting strangers' who they have only met due to shared interests, they instead connect pretty much mainly to their real world friends using online interaction to supplement meeting face to face.

Ironically, its actually a less 'social' thing to do. Kids today eh? Hey you, get off my lawn!!!

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Mista Teas
From: Christchurch
Since: Apr 2011
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I have watched all of Breaking Bad but never seen The Wire. Breaking Bad had some remarkable episodes and they did cold openings like no other but I didn't enjoy all of it, in fact some episodes really dragged.

There are many remarkable TV series available these days - True Detective and Fargo I'd probably rate above some of the individual seasons of Breaking Bad.

As for the forum; let's hope it survives. There isn't a lot that is substantial in the way of discussion on Facebook/Twitter etc. I also enjoy simply reading this forum, even if I'm not commenting in every thread.

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Giles
From: Wellington
Since: May 2011
Posts: 78

in reply to Captain Woodrow .F Call:

Ah, you're so wrong! Rant with exclamation marks!!! Give me Breaking Bad any day. It's some of the greatest TV I've seen. To be fair, I didn't watch all of The Wire. I really tried to like it, but it just seemed too miserable and boring. Maybe I should give it a third go. On the other hand, it's in 4:3! Remember that!?

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Captain Woodrow .F Call
From: Lonesome Dove
Since: Apr 2014
Posts: 30

Here is a blog post by David Simon (Creator/show runner) talking about the show being re-released in HD and the issue of filming in 4:3 instead of 16:9.

http://davidsimon.com/the-wire-hd-with-videos/

(SPOILER)
I will warn people who havnt seen the wire, the first 2 youtube videos that he uses to explain the difference between the 2 formats has quite a big spoiler alert in them for season 2 so dont watch them, the next 2 videos are fine though

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Giles
From: Wellington
Since: May 2011
Posts: 78

in reply to Captain Woodrow .F Call:

Yeah, I think I must have seen some of that, which is what made me think of the 4:3 issue. I guess a lot of old shows are like that. Funny how our taste for aspect ratio changes. Seems to be getting wider and wider lately. Do you think one day we'll just be watching a thin line, so wide that you have to turn your head to see from one side to the other?

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Captain Woodrow .F Call
From: Lonesome Dove
Since: Apr 2014
Posts: 30

Even though it was filmed in 4:3 i actually really liked the look of the program.
Its quite subtle but it helps the story along and dosnt eclipse it.

Breaking Bad and The Wire are different, I certainly dont mean this in a bad way but BB as i see it is totally focused on Walter and his transformation into a drug kingpin, its edge of your seat stuff and in that way, as entertainment i can see why lots of people would put it above The Wire but there were often moments in the show that felt way too convenient. I also agree with some people when they say that the female characters on the show were underwritten and didnt really do much.

The Wire on the other hand focused more on realism which i like, and was much more ambitious in scope. A bit like Game of Thrones it didnt matter who you were, if your death would be good for the story, they would kill you off. Obviously the downside for some people is the pace at which the show moves at, again i liked this cause the payoff at the end felt better.

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