Props to “Unto Others”

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Since no one else signed up to discuss this episode I figured I would kick it old school and just blog about it as I couldn’t let the classic lines and plot in this episode not be given the props they deserve.

There was a lot going on in this episode regarding pretty much every plot line happening this season. From Moreland helping Omar, to Greggs solving the Braddock case, to Herc walking into Marlo’s trap with the surveillance camera, to Prez finding a way to “trick” the kids into thinking they aren’t learning and they do, and Carcetti trying to figure out what he is getting into – this episode was packed full of things to generate talk around the water cooler.

Couple of things I found interesting about this episode:

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How Proposition Joe advised Marlo about how to figure out who had him under surveillance – Just that little bit of advise shows just how information gained from experience is passed down to help keep the game going. That isn’t something that just happens on the streets either, it’s happens in all facets of life. Sports, jobs, families all have the same type of experienced people to utilize in order to be better at what they do. And how cool was it to find out how to flush out who was watching Marlo. Goes to show just how much money the federal government wastes if they don’t care about a camera that costs over four thousand dollars.

 

dice and mathJust how screwed up the education system is in Baltimore – From Prez finding books in the basement newer than the ones that his class was using to the University of Maryland having to come in to do an experiment of sorts to figure out how prevent repeat violent offender behavior at the school level just goes to show how the city of Baltimore had given up on education for kids that they thought were just too far gone. However, I did like how the special class was able to get the kids to finally talk and Prez was able to get the kids to learn about probabilities via dice without them even realizing they were learning. I also liked that they wouldn’t send the kids home who misbehaved on purpose so that they could get out of school to deal. If only more people took the time to find a way to get through to the kids maybe they wouldn’t be in the situations that they are in.

 

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This scene in which Carcetti is meeting with the former mayor to get advice on beginning his term was just such a classic explanation as to how bureaucracies have disheartened good politicians with noble intentions causing them to give up on the system. “You’re just sitting eating shit all day long” paints a picture of the task that Carcetti is taking on and you just can’t help but feel that he is walking into a hopeless situation.

 

Another interesting thing that I picked up when watching this episode was the Dierks Bentley song heard in the background on the street when Michael was talking to Brice. I couldn’t figure out if it was coming from a house or a nearby car on the street but there was definitely a country song playing in the background which is ironic given that’s not normally the music we’ve heard before in the background on this show. Unsure as to the significance of the song being placed in the background but I like how it has me thinking about the song’s placement having an underlying meaning.

 

And last but not least, this episode had some GREAT one liners in it. Here’s some of the ones that I jotted down:

“I take it now we have permission to solve this fucking case.”

“Aw yeah. THAT golden rule.”

“Cards is all in knowing the numbers.”

“When have you ever known me to put my gun on anybody that wasn’t in the game?”

“A man got to have a code.”

“Fuck the backdoor when we can go in the front.”

“Steal that bitch, see what comes.”

“You should never take the credit when the crime rate drops unless you wanna take the blame when it rises.”

“You’re sitting eating shit all day long.”

“All you have to do now is run the city.”

Every single one of these lines have a meaning bigger than the context they are said in and I dig that. The writing in this show as a whole is amazing and that is why I couldn’t let this episode not get the props that it deserves.

 

 

 

 

An ESPN inspired Video Assignment idea

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My idea that I submitted for a new video assignment was to take highlights of your favorite athlete or athletes and clip them together to make a ESPN highlight reel. You can add an intro and some music for finishing touches. I did my example in a program that my son’s football team uses for recruiting purposes but it can easily be done in iMovie or Movie Maker as well.

 

 

 

A Comedy Remix

 

The remix that I came up with and submitted a remix card for was a merging of the comedy that I find funny with the comedy of my kids (even though I can’t pretend that I don’t like Sponge Bob too).

I found two clips on You Tube. The first clip was of Chris Rock discussing gun control in his Bigger and Black comedy stand up show that originally aired on HBO. The second clip was from an episode of Sponge Bob where we was trying to do a stand up routine. I downloaded them both from You Tube and then spliced them together in iMovie. I used the sound of Chris Rock’s routine and put it over Sponge Bob’s routine while trying to time the mouth movement with the laughter. I actually made it choppy on purpose b/c I thought that it made it funnier and I totally think that life is better when you’re laughing.

 

 

The Complete Package – A Video Assignment Idea

 

Binge watching of television shows is so popular nowadays with the help of Netflix and Hulu and that is what inspired my idea for this video assignment. Pick a show that has already completed it’s run on tv and then make a montage of video clips of the show. The video must be at least 2 minutes long and uploaded to your YouTube or Vimeo account once it’s finished. Then write a short blog post about how you made the video. This assignment could be worth 4 stars, maybe even 5. What do you think?? Sound like something you’d want to do?? I’ve already made a montage so check it out and let me know what you think!!

The Idea That Keeps Popping Up

When I was still in the commuting world, I used to listen to quite a bit of talk radio. Don & Mike and Howard Stern were on in my car on a daily basis. I even went on the Don & Mike Show on three separate occasions so their conversations about football and The Sopranos came to mind quickly when I first started thinking about ideas for my own radio show. Then all of a sudden a radio show came to mind that wasn’t even real. A radio show made famous because of television but the characters that created it could have really made a go of it on the radio, especially after the invention of satellite radio. There is just something about getting a picture in your head of something completely different than what is actually happening. After all, what other picture can you get in your head when you hear people on the radio talking about dusty muffins and schweaty balls. If there is anyway I can work in The Wire into a radio show like on SNL then I am all over it. Who’s in??

 

 

 

Sound is Definitely Underappreciated

Sound is like the offensive line of television and movies – without sound, you’ll be sacked for sure but yet sound is rarely given the props it deserves. Jen Ralston is a Hall of Fame offensive lineman of sound without a doubt and because sound is so underappreciated, Jen Ralston was able to build a stellar career doing something that no one else wanted to do.

Until this class, I can honestly say that I never appreciated the sounds that you hear in the backgrounds of show or even realized just how much thought goes into the sounds that you do hear. Even though Ralston wanted to keep the documentary feel of the sound in The Wire, it’s amazing just how much work goes into something sounding authentic. I was very surprised to find out that she actually had to tear down the original sounds and then build them back up because the show does have such an authentic vibe to it. In the interview she also talked about how you still hear sounds even when it’s supposed to be silent and then making sure that you still hear the sounds that you only hear when it is quiet. I saw Pink in concert last year and she sings a song in which the lyrics and music completely stop. During that “silence” you could still hear her breathing and that moment is the first thing that came to mind when Ralston was talking about what you actually hear when it is supposed to be silent. It’s just ironic that the world is never silent.

I laughed out loud when she talked about the music playing in the car when McNulty was panicked about finding his kids. Just as I have thought many times in my chaotic life, the soundtrack is never playing what I want it to play so when she said that I could totally relate. I just like how they put that realistic element into the show because that is true to life.

I really enjoyed this interview because it made me realize just how important sound is to television and movies and how much thought and effort go into that process. As she said about certain sounds evoking certain elements and if the wrong sound is put in then the vibe the show is trying to get across may never come through.