On the wait until The Wire finale on Sunday, March 9 at 9 p.m., many Wire addicts around the country will sit around in their cubicles, offices, rooms, and television sets going over their favorite scenes over the past six years. Since The Wire debut in 2002, the show has built a considerable and steady – if not slow – following that has many, including yours truly, calling it the best television show out right now. Some may think that this is a bit hyperbolic, but very few would disagree with this.
So with the finale approaching, I wanted to get your opinions and recollections of your favorite scenes over this season or even over the years. Here are the four things that struck me the most in the penultimate episode (by the way, this is a spoiler alert. If you haven’t seen the episode yet, you may want to stop reading now):
– Kima “snitching” to Daniels should have been expected. Remember in Season One, when she was in the hospital, and Bunk came to her to identify the shooters who put her in there? Well, she identified one of them but would not point out the other. Notice I said would not. Bunk gave the best speech he could to assure her that it was Wee-Bay who shot her, but Kima didn’t see him so she wouldn’t play ball. An interesting scene at the time, because who knew that it would persist as Kima’s defining role in this series? Her integrity and commitment to doing honest cop work involved her turning in her closest co-worker and friend McNulty. Many question why she did it. Did she have to do it? I wish she hadn’t. But I don’t blame her. She did what she felt was right…in other words, she capitulated to her conscience, something rarely seen these days.
– Michael and Snoop produced arguably the best scene of the season. The poignance of the kill emphasized the dichotomy of Michael and Snoop. The way Snoop reacted when the gun was pulled out on her was telling – it was as if she really believed that “deserve ain’t got nuttin’ to do with it” and when it is your time, it is your time. That’s how true assassins think and carry themselves. Micheal, who constantly questioned Marlo’s indiscriminate killing methods, was told before he pulled the trigger by Snoop that “you were never one of us, and you never will be.” Well, she was right. Snoop was soldier, Michael is more CEO. Soldiers are followers, CEOs are thinkers and hence leaders. Mike only got into “the life” because Chris embraced him and did him a favor. He cared about Bug, his younger brother, and protected him. That was his number one mission in life. Everything else fell in line. But for Snoop, the life was all there was. Soldiers die for a cause, without question even, and generals always think a step ahead. I will be real surprised if Michael does not end up on top when this series end…
-Bug and Duke and Bubbles. Mike dropping Big off was another emotion-packed scene that left any tender heart in tears, or the hardest heart feeling like “Dang…” As stated earlier, Bug was everything to Michael. But Mike knows that Marlo will retaliate, so he has to protect the people closest to him. Duke is now living with a junkie…time will tell if he is using too. Reginald – the guy formerly known as Bubbles – is probably the biggest feel-good story of The Wire series. We have all seen his regression and progression from a drug junkie/police informant/streets salesman/mentor. As someone who has frequented a few AA and NA meetings in his lifetime, the veracity of that scene hit home for me. When Reggie finally opened up about Sharrod’s death and ended with the line “There’s no shame in holding on to grief, as long as you make room for other things as well,” there wasn’t a thawed heart in the room (for the record, I was the only one in the room).
-How about Marlo and his blow-up in jail? For the first time in the past three seasons, he snapped and misplaced his cool (I don’t want to say “lost” because he regained it quickly). The thing that gets me is, why didn’t his lieutenants tell him about Omar? I have had numerous discussions with colleagues about this, and I haven’t heard a satisfactory answer yet. My guess is that either they were ashamed that Omar was getting the “best” of them – which is an indictment on them not doing their jobs – or that Omar had them shook and feared that Marlo would have been killed if he went at Omar himself. I am inclined to say the latter, knowing that Marlo would not have resisted a showdown with the dangerous and elusive Omar to protect his reputation. After all, his name is his name.
So have at it. Discuss your favorite lines, scenes or characters below. And if you haven’t seen this show yet, feel free to give an explanation why you have been hiding under a rock for the past six years…