Each entry opens some general notes if I have them before I launch into spoilers that might either be for that specific episode or span the entire series. In other words, readers who have not reached the end are urged to return to these posts only when they have.
"Old Cases" (1x04)
In which I'm tempted to abandon this project so that I can get on with watching this show in bunches.
Read more after the jump.
The famous "fuck" scene isn't as fun to watch when you already know what and how it happened. However, I did notice the chip on McNulty's shoulder with his aggressive outward-directed "motherfucker"s, as though whatever bogey- or bossman he has to buck against was literally in that kitchen, personally thwarting him and his idea of gratification. As a contrast to Jimmy, Bunk mines that curmudgeonly, grumpy old man sort of profanity.
An idle musing. Beyond simply showing how empty his life is, McNulty's late-night drunken visit to Kima and Cheryl's apartment and his impromptu Bring Your Snitch to Your Kids' Soccer Game Day point to the collapse of the domestic sphere and the work sphere. While in certain areas of employment (like law enforcement), work can affect the home front in dramatic ways (e.g. Kima's shooting leading to her and Cheryl splitting up), McNulty's example more generally illustrates how different institutions are all interconnected, and how a change in one sphere can ripple out to others. In an inverted sense, we'll see how Duquan's domestic situation dictates which aspects of life are open to him (almost none), but for now, we'll have to make do with McNutty using his sons to trail Stringer.
When Bodie slipped out of the juvenile detention facility, he demonstrated how invisible black youths can be -- people who are part of the system (i.e. most of us) already don't want to acknowledge his presence, but when you put a mop in his hand, he completely disappears.
More echoes from The Corner: Bubbles reminds me of Gary McCullough; smart, resourceful, but fallen on very hard times.
Unlike Gary, Bubbles is tied in with the drug trade at multiple levels -- he's there on the consumer level, obviously, but he also has his ear on the criminal activity (schooling Kima on No-Heart Anthony Little, noting Omar's getaway van when the crew was ripping and running from the previous episode), because of which, he works as a criminal informant for the cops -- which I'm tempted to say in my less rigorously thought-out state is David Simon's way of saying that the drug trade itself is the nexus around which criminals and police revolve.
Indie rating: Electric Wizard - "Vinum Sabbathi"