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January 28, 2008

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darknessatnoon

I have no doubt that Omar and Michael will mix it up at some point. I wonder, though, do they have enough time left in the series for Nerese's possession of the Daniels file to have any repercussions. I felt it as an ominous moment, but it left me wondering about the pacing of the series.

Marc

Yeah, I don't know if we'll ever see any payoff for that file, or if it'll feel right if we do. Even at 12 or 13 episodes, that would seem to be the kind of lingering plot hook that pays off best in a future season. Except there was never going to be a future season.

I do wonder if the show can accomodate all its plotlines (police, city hall, newspaper, Marlo, Bubbles) and still find time to touch base with everybody from previous seasons. Maybe they're writing a little too much for the longtime fan with all these cameos? The last thing I would want this season to become is the Seinfeld finale. (Actually, second to last--the last thing I want is to end on a Journey song.)

That said, I'm constantly amazed at how much story The Wire can fit into just five minutes--and I'm looking forward to seeing Cutty next week. And I want to check in on Prez, and Colvin and Namond, and Randy...

Jim

The reason why The Greek assents to the "insurance policy" of Marlo is because he sees the writing on the wall. It is completely consistent with the character; he always sees two steps ahead of anyone else. That is what allows him to prosper in his trade and to avoid capture for the years he's been behind his enterprise. Regardless of whether or not he chooses to back Marlo with his supply, Marlo is making the move on Joe anyway. In these "volatile times", the Greek would still prefer to have Baltimore's business than not have it, and he is agnostic with regard to whom he supplies, provided they meet a certain set of criteria (clean money, etc.) Once Marlo proved that he could meet that criteria and married with his obvious determination, it's an easy decision for The Greek.

Marc

I can see all of that; I'm just not certain that Marlo meets the Greek's criteria for caution and subtlety. Marlo's been brilliant at adapting a low-fi operation based on face-to-face communication that avoids wiretap surveillance, but he also drops so many bodies that he is always bound to attract police attention. In fact, the police would have him already if the city budget weren't in the tank. So the Greek opens himself to considerable risk by allowing Marlo to take out the quieter, less risky Joe.

But I think you're right, he knows Joe's days are numbered anyway and he decides to back the winner. If Marlo does get caught, the Greek can cut his ties as easily as he did with the union.

Jim

I think the Greek knows fully what he's getting into with Marlo vis a vis the "He is not Joe" conversation. Along with the additional risk created by Marlo comes the chance for additional reward, as Marlo is obviously nowhere near the shrewd businessman that Joe was. I'd expect the Greek to take advantage of this going forward were the series not ending in 6 episodes. If things go bad with Marlo, the Greek has full confidence in his ability to disappear yet again.

It will be interesting to see how this dynamic plays out, if it's even paid much attention. I think most of what's happened up till now is prologue for the dissolution of the co-op and the return of "the game" to it's native state of territorial war. And of course, motive for a certain shotgun-toting man in a trenchcoat to heat up the city once again.

Marc

"I think most of what's happened up till now is prologue for the dissolution of the co-op and the return of 'the game' to it's native state of territorial war."

Absolutely. Like I said, Joe dies for the same reason Stringer Bell did, thinking he could civilize a drug trade that produces sociopaths like Marlo.

"And of course, motive for a certain shotgun-toting man in a trenchcoat to heat up the city once again."

Not that Marlo hadn't already given him motive enough. Which actually points out another reason why the Greek is, in the long view, unwise to back Marlo. The stick-up man who hurt the Greek's distribution worse than anybody takes himself out of the game, and Marlo deals him back in? Sooner or later one of these power plays will blow up in his face. The Greek shouldn't be standing too close when that happens.

Ken Lowery

The stick-up man who hurt the Greek's distribution worse than anybody takes himself out of the game, and Marlo deals him back in? Sooner or later one of these power plays will blow up in his face. The Greek shouldn't be standing too close when that happens.

Assuming the Greek has any idea this has happened. I'm certain this is something I could have missed, but I don't know if the Greek has any kind of connections that'd let him know about the Omar business.

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