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I've now listened to the intro song of all 5 seasons, and I really liked Waits, the Nevilles and this one the most, and probably liked Stevie Earle's season 5 intro the least. I liked the season 1 intro but not as much as the other three, and I'm still trying to work out how I'd rank the top three.
Just finished all 5 seasons. Bummed that it is over.
Funny how the more things change, the more they stay the same. Bubble gets clean, Dequan (or is it Dukie) starts using. Omar gets popped, Michael become a stick-up man. The Greek just deals with another group of dealers, life goes on. Nothing really changes in the courts, City Hall, or in the police department.
A few questions. They seemed to indicate at the end that Marlow returned to the corners - is that accurate? Did they ever say how long Barksdale was sentenced for? What do you think McNulty did with his life after leaving the force? If Marlow did not return to the corners, what did he do? Looked like being a "business man" wasn't of much interest.
Why did they end the series?
This post was edited by BoniMaroni 14 months ago
Boni, great post but I would edit and throw up a SPOILER at the beginning since the thread title only mentions Season 1.
"And I try to har-mo-nize with songs the lonesome sparrow sings...
There are no kings inside the Gates of Eden."
I just finished watching it through the first time. What a great show, obviously I'll enjoy it even more on the 2nd watch through.
It's all a cycle.
Also, it killed me seeing Dookie like that.
Balls to the wall
Here's something that troubled me. When Brother Mouzone was sending his guy into the gay bars trying to get a line on Omar's comings and goings, there was a shot of Rawls in the gay bar. Was he on "the down low", and why did they not do anything with that story line?
I'd have loved to have seen someone in the power hierarchy "break one off" in his nasty ass. He was a complete prick and deserved to go down.
I just assumed he was "in the closet". Don't think it went anywhere after that.
Rawls was gay. There was a scene in season 4 after Bubbles threw up on Landsman and Landsman goes to the bathroom to clean up. He says a writing on the bathroom wall that says "Rawls sucks cock" and chuckles, maybe he knew Rawls secret. There were a few times when Rawls was looking at pornos in his office probably to throw off the trail.
They didn't have to do anything with that storyline. One thing I liked about The Wire is that they didn't make the homosexuality of the characters (Omar, Kima, and Snoop) a big deal unlike other shows that make gay characters a big deal. They just lived their normal lives.
I totally agree with your second paragraph. As a matter of fact, I think most people liked the gay characters a lot. I certainly did. Regardless of his sexuality, Omar was a badass, and Kima was good police and had the same problems that the men cops did in domestic relationships which I think is pretty realistic. OTOH, Rawls was just a prick and an asshole, and I don't think it is uncommon (though politically incorrect) to call a nasty boss a "cocksucker". If anyone found him out, it would have been Landsman. I still think that Rawls was "on the down low".
Rawls dressing down of McNulty in the pilot is much funnier after knowing that he cruises gay bars.
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