To quote the inimitable Luke Waltzer, Frank “It ain’t about me!” Sobotka is “one of the great characters in TV history.” I have to wholeheartedly agree, the stevedore who “knew he was wrong, but believed for the right reasons,” was an amazing presence on television—a working class guy whose not a ridiculous stooge like The King of Queens. For some more great clips featuring Sobotka struggling with the death of the American working class, check out this clip.
And while I know I am Johnny-come-lately to The Wire, I have been blown away by the shows institutional scope and its intense drilling into the dark and depressing post-9/11 landscape of the US, using Baltimore as a fascinating microcosm. After just finishing up the second season, I have to say that so far this series has surpassed just about every TV show I have seen—save perhaps The Prisoner and The Twilight Zone. In retrospect, The Wire kinda makes The Sopranos seem narrow, tired, and cartoonish.