Jane After Dark: The Wire - Season two ends, the Sobotka clan crumbles
by Jane Boursaw, posted Jun 20th 2009 3:16PM
As John Howard noted in the comments in last week's Jane After Dark column, I really haven't talked much about Omar yet. I just finished season two of The Wire, and to be honest, most of my thoughts right now revolve around the Sobotka clan.
First of all, how stupid was Ziggy? The guy's always been a live wire, and you could see the bad karma building throughout this season, with him flashing money around, showing off his Italian leather coat, and going a little bonkers with the stolen Mercedes. Things were bound to go bad for him, and they did just that when his deal with Double-G went oh so wrong.
Still, I couldn't believe it when Ziggy snapped and shot those guys. It's like he had some dark alternative personality come out and start killing people after his pet duck overdosed on alcohol. Up until that point, I just thought he was a bratty kid.
Things really started to crumble after that, with Nick turning himself in and Frank turning up in the harbor with a slit throat. As Valchek said, "Lays down with gangsters, gets up with his throat cut." I loved the final scene with Nick looking through the chainlink fence while a series of courtroom, harbor and Baltimore images played, including the towers about to be razed and the girls being escorted out of a can.
I'm thinking I'll talk more about Omar and Stringer in season three. But so far, I'd have to agree with Collin and say that Stringer Bell is my favorite character. But Aether made a good point in last week's comments, too: "Personally, I liked Stringer up until Season 3, where I began to realize how truly selfish he was. But you know economists, they're known for being "opportunists" more than followers of ethics. Nothing against economists, I'm just say that when you look at things through an economist's point of view, personal gain is the goal. I just feel like he came up as more of a savvy, greedy bastard, but I don't want to get too into that or it'll reveal spoilers. Stringer sure was both smart and stylish in his mannerisms. Omar though, I feel has more depth."
Heading into season three, I see a big ole storm brewing between Stringer and Omar, and their respective cohorts. Adam and Usama, I'm definitely going to check out "Freakonomics." and brush up on the drug business.
A few other thoughts:
How creepy is Brother Mouzone? The guy gets shot in the stomach and acts like he's suffering from a little indigestion. Then when Stringer goes to talk to him in the hospital, Brother gives him the brush-off and says he'll handle things his own way. Brother is like some evil robot or something.
I hope we haven't seen the last of D'Angelo's prison "suicide." There's a whole story still unexplored, and I felt badly that here's a guy who really seems like he wants to get his life together, and he ends up dead.
McNulty's undercover work in the brothel = amusing. But he definitely seems like a hot mess in motion. In one way, I wish his wife would take him back, but I can also see her standpoint on it. She's understandably leery, what with how McNulty handles women and alcohol. Sometimes he seems to have no conscience.
Rodney, I hadn't reached that line yet last week, but you're right. It's a great line: "Fool, if it wasn't for Sergei here, you and your cuz both would be cadaverous motherf**kers."
I look forward to all of your thoughts on season two of The Wire. This is really the first time I've been anxious to see what happens next. I picked up season three today, and will pop it in as soon as I finish this post.