Originally Posted by mflip
"A life, Jimmy, you know what that is? It's the **** that happens while you're waiting for the moments that never come."
Last episode I watched yesterday was the one with that quote. One of the best, <3
I think there's a line between not liking and making stupid judgements. Saying that nothing happens in the first season is pretty terrible, or you've been sleeping. There's quite a bit of action, and already development (the witness' murder alone is already a pretty big story).
For sure they need to present the characters and it takes time because there are so many of them, so that might slow down the stuff a bit.
Comparing the characters' development in The Wire to Criminal Minds is rubbish. I've watched all the episodes of both, and while Criminal Minds is good in its genre, there is absolutely no depth whatsoever in their characters besides some personnal stories & all to have a sort of knowledge of who is who. But they're not more developped than any other cop show with one case/episode.
The Wire has a long lasting story, 5 seasons with most of the same characters that you get to know more and more because the show is about them, and not about the weekly case.
I'm not sure I'm making myself clear here but this is my take on the matter. Maybe you don't like it, or you don't like that kind of stories, or you just don't understand the language and making an effort to understand something which should be a relaxing layed back watching TV moment isn't for you, but don't mix everything up.