Flashback Friday Moment of The Week: 11/8/2019

by Just Juan

In the wee hours this past Sunday, I tuned into the Season 5 midseason fnale of Power, a gritty crime drama I’ve come to enjoy on account of its elaborate storyline. The events at the end of Season 4 with the death of Ghost’s daughter and the emergence of main character, James St. Patrick, have certainly made things interesting this season. The way the midseason finale ended actually has me in heavy anticipation for the final episodes of the series in January…the same kind of anticipation I had for a similar crime drama in late in the Summer of 2006. That brings me to this week’s moment in the Flashback Friday series: The Wire.

How I first came across this moment? I first caught wind of The Wire in mid-2004 on MilitaryVibes, a forum board of people who had military affiliations. Apparently, it was a hot show on HBO. With HBO being part of my Charter subscription, I tuned in to the reruns from Season 2. I found it interesting so I stayed with it. That decision ended up being a quality one for entertainment purposes. The show is one of the best series I’ve ever seen.

What it meant to me then? Back then, I couldn’t believe that none of my co-workers at Moody Air Force Base talked about this show. Maybe it was the fact that most of us lived in the dorms and didn’t have cable or that Lairent and Shirley really worked us hard and we didn’t have much time for TV conversations in the office. It took a few episodes for me to get a grasp of what the hell was going on initially. Once I did figure out the premise of Season 2, I was still somewhat lost because I hadn’t seen Season 1. So I checked out the entire season from the Salter Library in Hahira, Georgia. I still have a hard time believing that this series, with everything that’s in it, was actually available on DVD at the library in Hahira of all places. Anyway, I was fascinated by Season 1 and it helped me better understand Season 2 as well as the final 3 seasons. When Season 3 did premiere in the Fall of 2004, I knew where I was on Sunday evenings. It was the same when Season 4 started in September 2006.

What it means to me now? Until I came across Elementary and Law & Order: Los Angeles, The Wire was the best crime drama on the board for me. It was even better than New York Undercover, NYPD Blue and The Commish. I have all 5 seasons on DVD. I pull them out and binge once a year.

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