This week has been exceptional one for HH, with a lot of great conversation about the season, what it means, and how it played out. And I’d like to post here about Bubbles, and the game, and policing, and what people who are aware of injustice are supposed to do about it — this is art, not reality, but I do think that there is an urgency to The Wire that might make some of us wonder how much we are part of the problem, and in what way, with the political situation so totally screwed up, we might possibly begin to contribute to the solution — but I can’t talk anymore. I am blogged out. No question that 50 was thrilling, and that it, as the final Wire episodes are wont to do, cast the whole season in a new light. I would have liked to have seen some of that action spread out over the course of the season, but like I said last week, and like Simon himself says in interviews, The Wire is a movie. In my experience it’s much, much better to take in all at once. So if any HBO execs are reading this, how about releasing Season 5 on TV and DVD simultaneously, Soderbergh-style?
Barring that, we HH’ers were brainstorming some great sitcom spin-offs that we can see coming out of Season 4. So listen up, HBO! Sure, next season’s murder investigation and focus on the media will be brilliant and enlightening and captivating and all that, but hands up anyone who wants to see Carver adopt Randy and the two of them set up shop, Odd Couple style? Or maybe Omar and Renaldo could run away together and start a hotel in Miami? The pilot for that show could begin with a chase down Route 1 from Baltimore to Florida. With appropriate music. If only Bodie hadn’t gone down, he and McNulty could have had their own show, where they became a super, secret, crime-solving team. And if Dukie, Marlo and Bug living together weren’t so damn sinister, what with Marlo pulling the strings from above, and Dukie selling, trapped in a small and terrible cycle, that could be a sweet tale of two young men just trying to bring up a little man. And Fat Man, oh, forget it. Fat Man could have his own comedy hour.
Til next time…