Creator: David Simon
Cast: Oscar Isaac, Peter Riegert, Natalie Paul
David Simon has an incredible ability to tell stories populated with real people. Show Me a Hero, explores the long struggle of Yonkers, New York to comply with a court order to desegregate its public housing. Seven years over six episodes, the miniseries follows the city hall politics and politicians while also introducing viewers to the lives of the people they govern.This includes the residents of the existing public highrises and those who live on the side of town where new housing will be built. The thing is this actually happen in the late 80’s in Yonkers. And may the side-show begins.
Nick Wasicsko, (oscar Issac) a city council member who rises to mayor through his opposition to the Federal judge’s ruling. His election as the youngest mayor in the country (28 years old) is a trying experience as he must comply with the ruling, angering the community that put him in power, or face bankrupting the city through a series of increasing fines. the early episodes you will fall the political dynamics of city hall and the fervor held by opponents of desegregation. Yes there is scenes of backroom drama is the lives of community members most affected by the housing. plus we will follow the lives of 4 families that lives in the housing project and Nick Wasiscko’s homelife. I loved in the states so I know how the politics works over there I am learning how it is working in my country well because I kind of forgot. But the politicians and the people are frustrating with a tension that is rising fast enough. This is a terrific series from HBO Quality tv here and David Simon has done it again.
The cast is perfect here the great Oscar Isaac as Mayor Wasicsko and Carla Queveda as his wife, Nae, the city council opposition is led most vocally by Alfred Molina’s Hank Spallone. Saverio Guerra as city manager and Catherine Keener as an east side resident, LaTanya Richardson Jackson’s performance as a home health aid who is losing her sight due to her diabetes, and Paul Haggis has directed all of six episodes. Do not miss this one.