I found the Kinder reading particularly interesting as it claimed The Wire as striking because of its depth of “its systematic analysis of urban corruption in Baltimore and the emotional power it elicits”. I agree with the way it describes the series but I had not thought about the intertwining of the two tactics as I watched assigned episodes. What I find appealing about the series is its ability to reflect the corruption of different institutions in Baltimore but it was hard for me to find an emotional connection to the series initially. Although I found the show intriguing because I wanted to learn more about the complexities of fragmented worlds, I didn’t feel that I was gaining an emotional attachment to the show. I thought McNulty was an ass that the bigger boss wanted out of the force. But there wasn’t a point where I felt sorry for any of the characters until the last episode I watched.
It was the episode where Kima got shot while working undercover (sorry if I spoiled it for anyone). At that point in the show my mouth just dropped. I felt so sorry for her. Then I began to have feelings of sympathy for the rest of the detectives when I watched their response. The scene that was most powerful to me was when the detectives were listening to the recording of the incident and McNulty feels so guilty that he begun to vomit after hearing the gunshots that entered Kima’s body. The Polan reading gives a good analysis about McNulty as a character through out the series but it was this point that I begun to feel an emotional connection to the show.
But was this Simon’s intent? When creating the series did Simon want us to feel connected to the characters or is this just part of good television? To me, the previous readings suggest that Simon created the series for viewers to acknowledge the corruption in the different systems involved in urban corruption. I think he does this when he shows the urban corruption in Baltimore through out the series but was the emotional aspect a way to draw in viewers? Or is the emotions produced by the viewers a result of our acknowledgment of the intense corruptions in the different institutions? I believe that the Polan reading suggested that the overall theme of the series suggests that feelings were secondary to Simon’s intent. The reading claims that the in the series most of the characters in the series chose truth over emotion. But than maybe the viewers are suppose to believe McNulty who might be the protagonist and choose emotion over truth?