My most recent venture is The Wire. Season One was quite good and got me hooked. Season Two was a bit of a letdown, but there was enough character development to keep me in.
Anyways that is away from the point, I’m writing about McNulty. Jimmy MuNulty. He is the character we have all grown to love. The character I myself, have come to idolize. He is the alcoholic, doesn't give a damn about the rules, tail chasing (and quite successful), dective of the Baltimore City Police Department (I think he is Irish but looks more hispanic if you ask me).
He is the Best!
Then comes season 3 episode 6. Aka, McNulty Throws Like a Girl. The scene starts with him and a Major (higher rank), whom he is rubbing off on. The Major sees a younger version of himself in him. There they are They ar drinking outside right outside the police station in direct violation of the rules. McNulty has just finished one off and prepares to throw the empty on top of the roof (another big no no). The act that occurs next is one of the worst moments in teleivision. The deidolization of your hero. McNulty's tosses the can atop the roof only HE THROWS IT LIKE A GIRL, an 11 year old, never played softball, girly girl. This, my friends, was a major let down. The guy I had come to idolize, who I had embraced. I can now only see as an actor with a weak arm. Didn’t your dad enroll you in little league. That is still a rite of passage for a boy. Right? Instead of Pops signing his sissy son up for little league i now have a wuss actor that has fooled me into the greatness of McNulty. The guy is simply some drama club nerd that is a damn fine actor. At least until the having to throw debacle. I am disgusted.
See you next Tuesday McNulty. See you next Tuesday.