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September 24, 2006



Great job with the recaps - way better than the job they're doing over at Entertainment Weekly. I'll be checking here every week for the rest of the season.

I don't know the character's name, but I love Bunny's friend who hooks him up with the graduate school gig. Making even the most peripheral characters distinct and memorable is part of what makes "The Wire" exceptional.

Also, good work connecting the assistant principal as Cutty's ex-girlfriend. That totally went past me.

Despite their crimes, Barkesdale and Stringer were likeable characters. But Marlo has been set up as a stone cold villan.

Snoop is the new Omar.

Jason Toney

The character you're referring to is Melvin Deacon. Deacon, in the real world, was the Avon Barksdale of the 80s in Baltimore. Much like Snoop, he has a real criminal pedigree. There are several of those folks on the cast.

Grace, despite her ability to control a classroom, isn't an assistant principal. She's just another 8th grade teacher and hasn't been doing it all that long. Last season, she informed Cutty she had started teaching. HBO's recap of that season 3 episode suggests that that was a recent change in her life but I can't remember if that really was the case. Cutty was locked up a long time. A lot could've happened for Grace during that time.


Thanks for filling me in on Melvin Deacon. Hard to believe he was a Barksdale like gangster, considering how calming and sensitive he comes across on screen.

Not sure if you've seen this, but here's an interesting interview with the woman who plays Snoop. I find the interviewer a bit patronizing:


Also, much like Ziggy in season two, and the school girl in this week's episode with the razor blade, it looks as though the writers are setting up Dukie to go bat shit. While I hope this isn't case (the little dude is as close as to the show is ever going to get to cute), it is a show about parallals. On the other hand, having Dukie sit on the floor with the blade girl and cool her down with the little fan he found on the street, may be just conveying that he is a child full of unrequited empathy and compassion.

I didn't like the cartoonish introduction of Omar. It was out of step for a show so deeply rooted in reality.

Michael gets my vote as this season's most interesting character. It'll be interesting to see where he eventually stacks up. So far he has rejected advances from Bodie, Marlo and Dennis (Cutty).

Dan Wickett

The Pelecanos novel was a great touch - and agree with everyone who has commented this week and previously - your recaps are absolutely must reads each week - thanks!


Great recap - lots of details and drama. I am just blown away by the writers. Each week they step up to the plate. "Refugees" is another awesome episode. Turman is one of my favorites also. Not to mention he was married to Aretha!
I am a huge fan of Deep Cover. Guess we have more than one thing in common.


What do you think of the season so far?

I'm a little concerned about the education plotline... it might be hard to keep it interesting and not preachy, you know? Although if any show can do it, it's the wire.

I really miss Stringer--Marlo is just kind of dull by comparison--but the Baltimore vs. NY situation sounds promising.

Jason Toney

I love this season. As I say every time there is a new collection of episodes of The Wire, I'm convinced that I could go to Baltimore right now and talk to Bodie on his corner or follow Bunk on a murder investigation or see these kids runnin' the streets.

As long as that "realness" is there, I'll go wherever Ed Burns & David Simon want to take me.

They have never been preachy about anything on this show so why would it start now?


I have read every Pelacanos book I can get my hands on. My "wire crew" didn't catch that Drama City reference. Why am I dealing with a new teacher right now who could very well be right where Prez was. I'm out... HBO on demand just be callin' me...it be callin' me....


Yeah, you're right, The Wire has always been too complex & realistic to descend into moralizing, which makes its social commentary worthwhile and interesting. I just hate the old 'white hero in the inner city school who saves the kids with love' plot so episode 3 made me worry a little... but they're probably going to reinvent the cliche, not just rehash it.

Jason Toney


Don't get me started on the "Dangerous Minds" phenomenon. I hate those flicks. They are all so condescending (I also hate "magic negro" pics but that's another story for another time). I think, though, that the obvious reference to "Up the Down Staircase" was a nod to the audience that this isn't that kind of story.

Ed Burns did the police officer becomes teacher bit in his real life and I don't think he came out of thinking of himself as the great white hope of the inner city.


Pardon this white boy question, but what on earth are "magic negro" movies? Is that like when Shaq starred in "Kazzam"?


more like "The Green Mile" or any movie Sydney Potier was in in the 60's. LOL
No disrespect to Mr. Potier. :)

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