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Is Daniel the one that died? Because if so, not cool.

Daniel Baldwin's character died on the show. Is that what you mean? Or did one of the Baldwins die and I never heard about it until now?

Daniel's still alive. You're thinking of...wait. Who the hell are you thinking of?

Dude, you straight up STOLE my idea! Ah well, it's probably better this way. Now I can be a outright bitch in your comments section and tell you all the ways you're wrong.

I'm watching the first season of homicide after finishing The Wire and David Simon's book too, and Braugher/Pembleton is excellent in the next episode, 'a shot in the dark', that he spends with Daniel Baldwin. My friend tells me that seeing how popular Pembleton was, in later seasons they decided to make him more vulnerable to be more sympathetic and missed the point, so completely undid it later.

Also, Sean, I liked your reviewing this week! Sorry to vanish for a week and then bring up a discussion you don't care about any more (another internet commenter trick!), but I went camping and it was actually kind of like an episode of the Mighty Boosh (nonsensical sexual threats and everything)

Julian Barratt is actually pretty good, and has a similar role in Chris Morris/Charlie Brooker's Nathan Barley; trapped in a world with ridiculous rules that he can't escape from. Though in this case the story isn't suffocated by the unbearable smugness and poor acting of Noel Fielding. My least favourite thing about the Boosh is its wasted potential - it's ALMOST hilarious.

I've always been a little bit afraid to go back to Homicide. I have such fond memories of how damn unsettling and almost revolutionary the whole thing seemed at the time - trapped on late night Fridays, sort of like a secret TV show that only a few people knew about (which was basically true). I don't think the later seasons suffer *that* much in comparison with the early shows, even if (you're right) they prettify up the cast. But pretty much every cast member was fucked up in some profound way so that you couldn't really relate to them in the same way you can, say, Mariska Hargitay's boobs.

(I've seen that show exactly twice - both times when I was moving and had no other means of entertainment than old-fashioned rabbit-ears TV signal - and the only thing I remember about that show besides how it was basically about entrapping reformed sex offenders was that lady's breasts. Which is, I guess, thy it is still on the air?)

I also think the way they "humanize" Pembleton works remarkably well, because (not to spoil too much if you don't know) they don't so much as soften him up as cut him off at the knees. It's fascinating to see him weakened and humiliated precisely because so much time is spent establishing how smart, capable and intimidating he almost always is.

Oh, crap, I was going to mention what happens to Pembleton later on, but if Tim thinks it's a spoiler, maybe I shouldn't. Suffice to say, it's some more really good acting from Braugher, from what I remember.

I actually haven't seen much Homicide, but I'd like to watch some more of it. A friend of mine has that cool file cabinet DVD set, so maybe I can borrow some seasons at some point. I did watch it here and there when it was on, but I was way too young to really appreciate it. Still, I think I did recognize that it was good, and I still remember moments that stuck with me, like, well, what happens to Pembleton, and various interrogation scenes. Damn, now I need to watch some more, if only to satisfy Wire withdrawals.

Also, I'm probably going to end up watching Community because my wife is interested. But yeah, it looks like it probably won't be nearly as funny as it would like to be. May mockery commence.

We've been watching Homicide too, after having just re-watched the Wire. Homicide is a bit of a let-down after the Wire and even the book -- and I say this as someone who LOVED it when it first came out. At the time, it seemed like the best show on television ever, but it's since been eclipsed by the Wire.

For one thing, it's much more of a straight-up cop show than the Wire. The cops are the good guys and the crims are the bad guys. The cases generally last only a week, so there's none of the long-range plotting of the Wire. And Andre Braugher's performance sort of overshadows everyone else (although Kyle Secor eventually comes into his own and gets into a nice rhythm with him).

But yeah, Andre Braugher is pretty damn fantastic. I totally wanted to be Pembleton, back when I was a callow teen.

I don't know if I'd agree that Pembleton overshadowed everyone else - it was an ensemble, and just because some of the ensemble wasn't flashy didn't make them unimportant. Richard Belzer is awesome in every scene he's in, for instance, just on a much lower key than Braugher. And Yapphat Koto is really remarkable too, considering the limitations of his role as The Boss - he's less man than bear, growling like a force of nature.

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