Watch: ‘The Wire’ Is ‘The Wire’: All of the Show’s Tautologies in One Supercut

Watch: ‘The Wire’ Is ‘The Wire’: All of the Show’s Tautologies in One Supercut

In addition to bringing the phrase "True dat" and the word "S************************************************it" into the public lexicon, David Simon’s ‘The Wire,’ as YouTube user Propolandante’s supercut shows, flooded us with tautologies. Ah, the tautology: that simple statement with a matching subject and predicate nominative: "It is what it is," "what’s done is done," "let bygones be bygones." Here, these statements are replaced by "The game is the game," "the street is the street," and other tough utterances. The tautology can be used to provoke reflection, to invite us not to make more of something than it is, but in the case of Simon’s gritty-is-an-understatement Baltimore drama, the tautology is like a strong hand, swiveling the viewer’s head around and forcing a reckoning with reality.

VIDEO ESSAY: A close analysis of the Season 1 title sequence from THE WIRE

VIDEO ESSAY: A close analysis of the Season 1 title sequence from THE WIRE

[EDITOR'S NOTE: The following is the very first video essay collaboration between Press Play founder Matt Zoller Seitz and editor-in-chief Kevin B. Lee: an analysis of the opening credits for Season 1 of The Wire, exploring how the images highlight themes of the season and offer predictive snippets of future plot twists. It was originally published at Moving Image Source in 2008. The piece is narrated by critic Andrew Dignan, from a written essay originally published at The House Next Door. To read the original article in full, click here.]

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