25 Aug 2012 at 12:44 pm #1820
There was a two year gap when I didn’t have HBO pumped into my tv set. Only now am I able to watch Season 5 of The Wire. There have been many obvious parallels drawing a likeness of Omar LIttle to the Judge, particularly in Season 1 more so than any other. However, in Season 5, Episode 7 Omar is attempting to mend his leg in a washroom in a Chigurh-esque fashion. In the same episode Omar says he wants to “dance” with Marlo, the current suzerain of the Bawlmer drug scene. Lehane and the others are surely doing their best to embue what they see as a Superman-type strength in Omar by pairing him with The Judge and Chigurh.
28 Aug 2012 at 1:57 pm #1828
It’s weird and maybe some kind of strange naive on my part…but I actually think Omar was a person of humanity. I don’t see the judge or Chigurgh as having that humanity. I see many comparisons as alike, forceful, focused criminal minds…but I think Omar is actually compelling because he has a moral code thoughtful compassionate people can relate to….and this is what is special about his character. He’s cold but he’s also like Dexter in that his character is built from Robin Hood archetype. ..where the judge and chigurh are built from devils and evil archtypes…
? I don’t know though…
28 Aug 2012 at 10:57 pm #1830
I’ve given it a lot of thought and I am of the opinion that Bunk Moreland and Bunny Colvin are the only decent humans in the show. There is also a side of me that hates admitting it, but Rawls is just misses the mark: he functions within “the system” to a fault, reminding me of the stool-eating general from Gravity’s Rainbow. Yes, I like Omar but he is dangerous to any community, he’s not sticking-up the stick-up kids and corner boys to help anyone other than himself by establishing himself as the big dog on the block and exacting erotically driven revenge. Dexter, which I’ve only seen a handful of episodes, is the vigilante type, which we all like when he sides with our “cause”. Either way, HBO has some of the better writing and writers we’ll see today, so yes, they get my attention.
28 Aug 2012 at 11:00 pm #1831
Just had an opportunity to look at the title of the thread and my sloppy post… How in the hell do we edit these things?
28 Aug 2012 at 11:35 pm #1832
Mike I don’t know how we edit here at all. I am barely able to get anything done or read. I think this new site is under going all kinds of glitches and I am sure Marty is trying his best to get it to be as smooth as we are so spoiled y in our last forum home. Growing pains I guess.
Hhhmmm…bout Omar. I see what you mean about Omar…but lets look at it this way…as you so aptly observe “to help anyone other than himself by establishing himself as the big dog on the block and exacting erotically driven revenge.” Yes, this is true…and if we could set aside the sexual revenge aspect…who here in the world is not doing a job or almost anything in our culture to help anyone other than ourselves. We might like to believe that doctors, or tachers, or police have somewhat more “noble” or social service jobs than most of us…but it’s really only barely that those jobs are more altruistic than other jobs. I might take some time to argue that a police, a doctor or teacher aren’t really altruistic jobs at all. they have their social status, power rewards, and perks that people use as trade offs to justify those jobs that like most jobs…suck. What might appear altruistic ina doctor we can observe to have all kinds of rewards materialistically, for the ego, for wealth, for social status….? No?
So Omar is to my mind a fairly typical person working in a capitalistic society…except he does have a moral code of high order. He only sticks up drug dealers. He purposely avoids any other people who are not in the drug dealing business. They are off limits to him.
Have you seen the three or four “prequels” to The Wire? These play an important insight to the characters. Omar prequel is very interesting as he has always had a strict moral code since childhood and we see how he does not want to steal from an older homeless man as a kid with peer pressure from his brother and friend. Omar is unusually non-materialistic contrary to the general philosophy of his capitalistic consummerist culture. Hes no saint…but he is sadly less selfish than the B-More politicians…which I believe is the purpose of his character to contrast with the mayor and govenor etc.
29 Aug 2012 at 9:07 am #1833
Mike, thought you might enjoy this…
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