Originally Posted by Reaper16
It's not sincerely playing to the begrudged, fantasizing white dude set. This show isn't Dirty Harry. It isn't Falling Down. It does overlap with some of those fantasies, but either to demonstrate how flawed they are or to have the audience question why they thought a scene was so awesome when, really, it's indicative of something awful and/or pathetic.
Eh, I don't know. I think there's a certain amount of playing to the lowest common denominator while, maybe, simultaneously taking a piss at it. I certainly think there's an element of, "Wouldn't it be fun to be the badass crime lord" visceral pleasure in watching the show, and I appreciate that while also appreciating some of the "deeper" shit that's being done by the writers and directors.
I think good television (and film and music) can be enjoyed on multiple levels, which in some ways separates it from Literature (notice the big L) which tends to be an elitist genre.