Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Jeffrey Goldberg Is Too Smart For The Wire - Week 4

You know, it's a damn shame that Method Man, a stalwart of the remarkable Wu-Tang Clan, was cast as the most unspeakable bastard on The Wire. I'll never listen to Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) the same way. Not that I've listened to it in 10 years, but you get the point.

Jeffrey Goldberg gets black culture. He is down. People are still saying down, right? Oh, he just heard this crazy new word! Shizzle! Can you believe it?! Shizzle! He is simply dying to say "Fo' shizzle" at his next dinner party.

In discussing Prop Joe's murder, Goldberg ponders the fate of the New Day Co-Op. (there's an organization that just ceased to exist—I'll bet my lungs on that)

Gutsy call. Just because Prop Joe organized and ran the co-op and Marlo repeatedly said he hated it doesn't mean it'll be disbanded. But the naturally perceptive Jeffrey Goldberg is not afraid to live on a thin limb.

...it's too bad David Simon couldn't make the newsroom similarly complicated. The editors of the Sun aren't characters; they're walking indictments. The low moment came when Klebanow warned Gus against cursing in the newsroom. Ridiculous. I'm not saying that once or twice between John Peter Zenger and now, some shmuck in some newsroom somewhere warned a colleague about the use of foul language. But for fuck's sake, that was the most unbelievable thing I've seen in The Wire's five seasons.

Once again, Goldberg simply cannot fathom a fictional occurance because it hasn't previously happened to him in real life. I don't know about you, but I can't wait to read Goldberg's debut novel, Things That Have Already Happened.

Goldberg titles his next entry, "Is My Intuition Growing Stronger, or Is The Wire Just Getting More Obvious?" First, I can promise you that his intuition is not growing stronger. Second, creative types everywhere be warned! If Jeffrey Goldberg thinks you're obvious, then you are as obvious as a punch in the face on a hi-def television.

Don't you think Herc is going to use his proximity to Levy to try to bring down Marlo? Is my superpower of intuition growing even greater, or is The Wire just becoming more obvious?

I must ask you, do you a think a former cop who lost his job because a drug kingpin stole a surveillance camera would be mad about it? Do you think that if said ex-cop was working as a PI for a lawyer who represented said drug kingpin that he would try to leverage that situation? Sounds pretty obvious, right? How in the world does Goldberg turn that into a compliment about his own intuition?

Prop Joe's demise, in retrospect, was foreshadowed a million different ways. His murder was still a powerful and elegiac moment, but we were clearly meant to see it coming.

Elegiac means sorrowful. But doesn't elegiac sound so much more elegant than sorrowful? By the way, even though we were meant to see Prop Joe's murder coming, Goldberg never picked up on it and never mentioned in any of his critiques before this week. Please don't let that surprise ruin your day. Remember, he DID see the fall of the co-op and Herc using the lawyer coming! He also correctly predicts each week that the full credits will run after the show.

It's only a matter of time before the scheming reporter Templeton and the wackadoo McNulty marry their ambitions, don't you think?

Yes! You already mentioned this! It is obvious. Congratulations. It will also take the story into a new, uncontrollable direction. We knew Michael Corleone would take over the family business. Did that ruin The Godfather?

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