Omar Little rules. You pretty much realize that by the first season’s end, but by the second season he starts to take on legendary status because his knowledge of greek mythology, his brilliant courtroom apparel, and his ability to shutdown Maury Levy in a courtroom of his peers. It’s all in the video below if you need a reminder of his brilliance in Season 2, Episode 6, “All Prologue,” which may be one of the best episodes of the series.
He’s one of the better characters TV has ever seen, and that’s embedded within a series that probably has ten or fifteen of the best characters TV has ever seen. But when I was watching this time around, I was fascinated by the almost childlike heckling of Bird Omar does with his tie after he’s been sentenced to life. He uses the crazy tie he wears in court to taunt him, and there’s a sense of joyfulness that’s mixes oddly with some violent vengeance. It just hit such a strange register for me that I had to make an animated GIF. So I did, as one does.
I loved this scene. I was not expecting him to go to court in a suit but I did not think he would wear a tie like that. I was cracking up. For some reason I thought it was the funniest thing. I also loved how he shutdown the Maurice Levy. I do not like that guy at all. Once I saw this scene I instantly started to love Omar as a character.
I’m reading Flash Boys right now which tells the story of two Wall Streeters that figure out how high frequency traders are gaming the markets by taking advantage of mere milliseconds to gain advantage and basically screw investors. These two could have easily taken advantage of their new knowledge and leveraged $100s of millions for themselves and their bank. But instead they went on truth-telling tour informing other massive but clueless hedge funds and brokerages of what was going on.
Men finding an ethical path in a very immoral world. And the book’s epigraph: A man got to have a code. – Omar Little
So awesome, an I remember the conversation with the immortal Bunk. Now I have to get my hands on that book!
You should check out the adaptation of the book in the NYTimes Magazine. I read it first. And even though I kind of know what happens, the book is still a great read.