The Rules to This Game

by Peter Honig

I mean, there are some rules here, right?Omar

When I think about my long term goals for this blog, I keep coming back to Freamon’s immortal line: “We’re building something here, Detective, we’re building it from scratch. All the pieces matter.” Beyond the literal reference to the Barksdale case, this line also speaks for David Simon and Ed Burns and the fictional version of Baltimore that they build. At the same time, Freamon also seems to be addressing the viewer, subtly hinting that there is a lot more to the show than what is immediately obvious. The key is to give each detail its rightful value. It’s all pertinent.

An Open Letter To David Simon

On the 10th anniversary of the premiere of The Wire

Dear David Simon,

First off, I would like to say congratulations and thank you.

Congratulations on the 10th anniversary of The Wire’s premiere. For a show that began with virtually no hype and even less of an audience, it boasts an impressive resume after its first decade: five seasons, a satisfying ending on its creators’ own terms, universal acclaim and an ever-growing audience. That is definitely cause for some celebration.