Tuesday, August 7, 2012

The ultimate bawling out


I think my new TV obsession might be "The Wire". I heard it was gritty, almost depressing and realistic in its reflection on the "War on Drugs" in Baltimore. And fifteen minutes in, the character development is brilliant.

I'm not sure, but I think Rawls - the one doing the bawling out here - might be a good guy. But it's the most robust bawling out I've ever seen.

But I wouldn't call that bullying. There's no emotional manipulation, no backstabbing, no half truths or lies, Just a good, honest "tearing him a new one".

And clearly, Rawls has respect from his people. McNulty is truly contrite. Once I've seen a few more episodes I might change my mind but it doesn't look like Rawls is an asshole - just a person trying to do a tough job.

Extended version shows what I mean a little better:

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