Monday, March 10, 2008

"Remember that day, summer past?"


Last night, the incomparable crime drama "The Wire came to an end. Some people got lost in the flood, some people got out all right. But one in particular breaks my heart. If you saw it, you know what I mean. Thoughts? (The New York Times' take.)

On another note, is the new Benjamin Black as good as "Christine Falls"? I weigh in at the Boston Globe.

Question of the day: Whose "The Wire" story did you expect to end differently – and why?

11 comments:

alan brickman said...

Different ending: I expected Herc to get his comeuppance for betraying Marlo because Levy (sadly, the show's Jewy McHebrew, right down to the yiddishism in his last conversation with Herc) could have figured out he was the only way the cops could have gotten Marlo's cell phone number.

Question: What the hell did Bunk mumble through his cigar to Kima in his last line of dialogue?

Clea Simon said...

Good question, Alan, I may have to watch it again "On Demand" to figure that out (unless someone else can decipher?).

Yeah, I thought Herc might get whacked - but then, he did save Levy's case!

By the way (and note to anyone else out there, Alan, Jon and I are all Jewish) -- Jon nearly fell off the sofa laughing when Levy invited Herc home for brisket, saying "you're meshpocheh [family] now."

Debbi Mack said...

I'm sorry. I loved this show, but one of my big complaints about it was that Levy was such a stereotype. Not just the Jewishness, but the incredible sleaziness of the guy. Way over the top.

And I assumed Herc's leaking the number to the cops was part of a strategy for Levy to get more business. Don't think he could have anticipated the illegal wiretap, but if Marlo were caught, who would he go to for help? Levy, since he seems to have cornered the market on gangsta criminal defense in B'more.

You do have to wonder though, why Marlo didn't find another lawyer. It was Levy's idea for him to use cell phones and he talked Marlo into it. If I were Marlo, I'd have some doubts about just how good he is at his job.

Clea Simon said...

I guess you and Alan agree about Levy, then, Debbi. But I have to disagree about Herc. We never saw Levy talking to Herc about the number and Herc wasn't smart enough to plot like that. I think he gave the number to his buddy because Carver is his buddy and he basically sides with the cops. But then he told his boss what he suspected because he's simple and Levy is his boss! He's never been one for thinking things through to their inevitable ends (look at the situation with poor Randy).

I too am surprised that Marlo didn't suspect Levy (and then Levy would've figured it was Herc). But I guess he figured Levy was helping him make even more money so...

Debbi Mack said...

That's odd. I seem to recall Levy talking to Herc about the number. But I could be remembering wrong.

And that part that was so heartbreaking? I couldn't agree more.

Clea Simon said...

Reminded me of Wallace, season 2 or 3. I mean, Omar got to me because I adored him. Snoop got to me, because it was her one moment of vulnerability ("how my hair look?"). But Duquan, man, he was an innocent who never had a chance.

Caroline said...

What's incredible is I have never seen this show. I'm sort of mortified because Richard Price, my fave novelist, writes for it. My only hope is is it gets on DVD.

Clea Simon said...

It is on DVD, Caroline, and I cannot recommend it enough!

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