Friday, July 13, 2007

"Yeah, well, look at me up in here." (Season 4)

This scene always makes me think (and reminds me to do everything I can to stay out of trouble). Can you imagine being in your mid-30's and knowing that you're gonna spend the rest of your life in the can, never again to step outside the confines of a prison? Well, Wee-Bey lives with that reality everyday. Avoiding the death penalty by confessing to numerous murders (including some he didn't commit, in order to shield other members of the Barksdale organization), Bey is serving consecutive life sentences in the pen. And in this scene, Wee-Bey, the consummate soldier, seems to regret for the first time on-screen the deeds that put him in his position. And after listening to some real talk from Bunny Colvin, his son Namond's teacher and a former police major who explains to him that his offspring is not built for the game and attempts to adopt him, he moves to get his child off the corner by taking him away from his lazy, no-good mother. He doesn't want his son to end up like him. There are too many people in real life that are in the same position as Bey, and they all serve as motivation for yours truly to continue walking the straight and narrow. Prison scares the hell out of me. Literally.

(Post-post correction: Watching a re-run of this episode on HBO, I just noticed something: the person who posted this video on YouTube inexplicably cut out a little dialogue of Wee-Bey telling D'londa that his word still carries much weight and can reach her no matter where she is. If you're very observant you may have noticed it, the scene gets a little bit choppy at the point it's left out. It was irrelevant to the point I was making, but I still thought it was something I should point out, just in case you noticed it, and if you didn't, just so you know. See you on Monday.)

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