Let’s do some real police work

And let’s do it by trying to see what the titles of the episodes can tell us.

The last couple of episodes have the titles The Dickensian Aspect and Took.  It’s obvious where the former came from, and the latter, well, that kind of makes sense as well.  Without looking at anything but the titles of the upcoming episodes, let’s see if we can make some kind of sense about where the crew is going in the final 3 episodes.

Clarifications, Late Editions, and -30- are the names of the last 3. 

I don’t really know about Clarifications, but Late Editions could have a big double-entendre going on.  There will be blood.

But I’m just stumped on -30-.  Wait, Wikipedia to the rescue.

“–30–” is a journalistic term that has been used to signify “the end” or “over and out” since the Civil War when telegraphers tapped “XXX” to end transmissions (“XXX” being the Roman numeral for 30).

Well, so much for that.  WPedia also said that the last episode is 93 minutes long.

Do Not Post Unflagged Spoilers

I can’t say it any plainer: you may post spoilers in comments BUT THEY MUST BE FLAGGED.

Do not try to get around it by trying to hide the spoiler in confusing language or doublespeak. Just flag it.

Do not link directly to spoilers on another site without clearly stating so.

Something – no matter how large or how small- that has not yet aired in the Sunday night broadcast or in previews is a spoiler. It doesn’t matter whether it’s available OnDemand. There is no other working definition of “spoiler.” Do not say, “This isn’t really a spoiler,” and post an un-flagged spoiler.

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Ain’t you the little king of diamonds?


I would be remiss not to note that last night’s episode was directed by Dominic West. Well done, there.

Note also that the final episode of the series, -30-, was directed by Clark Johnson, who also directed the first episode of the series, The Target.

Some Monday morning nitpickety discussion starters after the cut:

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Loose lips.

You people are ignoring the 900-pound gorilla: Who leaked the grand jury documents? This is key, I think. Grand jury secrecy is serious stuff, and while it’s breached all the time, it’s usually by an involved lawyer to a journalist or some other party with a vested interest in making the secret public. (Hello, BALCO.) Who would have leaked sealed testimony about drug dealing to Prop Joe? Someone in the courthouse. Who?

This is nagging me like an itch in the middle of my shoulder blades.

As for me, I’m going to start with some James Brown records and take it from there. See you all later this a.m.

Police work … whaddya know?

“They don’t teach it in law school.”

Epigraph for Episode 57, Took.

Discuss first impressions, speculation, etc. Spoilers must be flagged.

“we were all going direct to heaven, we were all going direct the other way”

[I know 56 -The Dickensian Aspect is old news but I need to get rid of this post that's been rattling around in my head, that I threw away more than once but still won't leave me alone.]

The first thing we see at the beginning of the teaser is exactly what we do expect and want least to see: a body.

The thing is, it should not be coming from inside the condo, from upstairs. There should be a body right there in front of us already, and it should be Omar’s.


One, two, three different characters, plus the camera itself, do the double take: up, then down. We almost expect the camera to shake its lens in bewilderment.


“It don’t seem possible.”

“It don’t.”

Indeed, this is some Spiderman shit.

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#5 Lake Trout Special: Price is going up edition

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Rules. Follow them.

Friday open thread. Yammering and mouthing off encouraged, likely even rewarded.

Omar and Marlo: Two men enter …

Pick the correct two outcomes below:

A. Omar (himself) kills Marlo

B. Marlo (himself) kills Omar

C. Someone else kills Marlo

D. Someone else kills Omar

E. Marlo survives

F. Omar survives

Political crack/Wire mashup: Pick a Wire character that best corresponds to a political player. Extra points for creative use of photos and/or quotes

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Blue tops! Blue tops! Got that Season 4!

Quote from a teacher friend who was HBO-less during seasons 3 and 4 and is Netflixing her way through them:

“I administered a test today, kinda sorta fucked up the review on another, can’t wait to go home and watch some Wire.”

Buncha dope fiends, all of us. It’s like Season 5 is just the testers to get the fiends on the edge back out to the corners to suck up the good shit, the DVD product.

Hey Ashley, you and I, we go crawl under Chris Rose’s house while he’s at work and strip out all the copper piping, we’ll go up to Best Buy and split a box of Season 2. He won’t mind, it’ll give him something to write about on the state of the city post-K.

[WARNING: Comments contain minor spoilers]

Three free associations

Comments here on Ray’s post got me flipping over my Marlo/Omar index cards again.

1. Marlo used to be simply stone cold, no feelings one way or the other. Remember when his crew pulled up Bubbles and Johnny for scratching up their ride? “Do it or don’t, but I got someplace to be.”

As we’ve noted, Marlo’s changed up some this season. We’ve seen some emotional response from the man. We’ve seen him act on impulse, and we’ve certainly seen some hubris. And yeah, he seemed to actually enjoy reaping the benefits of Prop Joe’s demise. Oh, and watching Chris’ kids at play. So, we can cautiously conclude he’s becoming a bit more human.

Is it too facile an observation to say that Omar is headed in the opposite direction? He’s alone now, like a wounded animal, seemingly uncaring, losing his code, becoming more heartless.

2. It can’t be a coincidence that their names are similar and both reference Mars, the god of war.

3. Marlo’s motivation in the past has fairly consistently been business, and yeah, he says Omar has to fall because he robbed Marlo and because of the heist. Also, we’ve learned someone in Marlo’s position can’t appear weak.

But it’s more, this obsession with killing Omar: Marlo won’t be taken down by a “dicksuck.” Whether it’s his own homophobia or whether being a faggot is the worst form of weakness on the streets, the point’s been made that Marlo won’t stand for being called a dicksuck or for losing a war to a faggot. Remember the conversation in the car before they took out June Bug, Michael asking why Marlo cared so much about people talking shit about him, especially when he knew himself it wasn’t true?

I find it especially ironic since Omar cannot be threatened in the same manner. Marlo has an Achilles heel that Omar doesn’t. Call Marlo a faggot and he’s got to kill you. Call Omar a faggot and he’d just say, “Indeed.”

Damned right he’s a faggot. He’s Dicksuck Prime, bitch.

(No, I don’t really have index cards on this stuff. If I did, I’d do a much better job of posting. )

Marlo ain’t owning up to shit

Just to clear up some confusion in the comments…Marlo did not own up to killing Prop Joe.  He said “I know what you’re thinking, so let me put it out there…I did it” (as in “I know you’re thinking I did it.”).  He then went on to blame Omar for Hungry and Joe’s murder, and upped the bounty on Omar’s head. Going into the meeting, Rick and one other guy said “you’ll know who got the connect, that’s the one that did Joe”, and in the meeting, Marlo says he’s got the connect taken care of, and Rick and pal trade glances.

Later, after Omar sticks up Rick with a beer bottle, Rick asks him if he did Hungry and Joe, and Omar just laughs.  Rick responds “didn’t think so”.

Marlo still publicly maintains that Omar killed Joe and Hungry to get at Marlo, and that’s what he led the co-op believe.  He ain’t admitted shit.   He’s playing the game of kings, of dictators, of Hitler and Stalin.  Dissolved the Reichstag, had his own men burn it down and then blamed outside agitators for it to consolidate loyalty under himself.


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