Sophocles once said that “there is no success without hardship,” and when one hears the story of Danny Chen, those words are the first that come to mind.
Danny is a third year Film student, and ever since the tenth grade, he has fought desperately to get one of his many friends to start watching The Wire, HBO’s critically acclaimed *crime drama, to no avail. “They all said they were just busy, that they’d get around to it eventually,” Danny struggled to utter through his tears, “but then months started to pass, and none of them had even watched the pilot. It was a very dark time for me.”
*Danny took issue with our characterization of the series as a “crime drama,” insisting that “it’s much more than that.”
“I thought once Idris Alba became more popular that everyone would start checking it out,” Danny told us, “but people just watched Luther instead because he was on the cover art.” Danny was extremely confused, adamant that the character Stringer Bell was the best role of Alba’s career. “It’s really hard for me, because whenever people bring up Idris Alba, people always start talking about Pacific Rim, or about how they hope he’ll get to play James Bond, but then I say a quote from The Wire and everyone goes silent. I feel like an outsider in my own community.”
Danny began to fear that he would simply have to accept the fact that none of his friends would ever get around to watching The Wire. But last week, a miracle happened: his internet stopped working. Without access to Netflix, he and his housemates were restricted to watching the one thing any of them had on hard copy: The Wire: The Complete Series on Blu-Ray. By the time their internet came back, they had finished the pilot. One of his housemates, Clara Gooding, described it as “Okay, I guess?” The other, Amy Sarif, stated “I don’t know. Usually it takes a couple episodes to get a feel for it, you know? Danny told me that later episodes have Michael B. Jordan when he was like 12 years old so maybe I’ll watch a few more to see that.”
Stories like these are important. They give us hope, something which is increasingly rare in this year of meaningless deaths and incompetent presidential candidates. Maybe our economy will collapse. Maybe the world won’t ever see everlasting peace. But maybe, just maybe, our internet will stop working, and we’ll all finally be able to convince our friends to check out our favourite show.