So here's another Wire ending I'm toying with: Animal House-style freeze frames with captions of what happens to each character. You know, like, "Bunk Moreland was thrown off the police force for excessive competence and now makes a living as a solider of fortune with a team of mercenaries based out of Los Angeles." Or "Omar Little was actually not shot in the head, but rather taken to a farm -- yes, that's right, a farm. Where he runs and jumps and plays and has all the Honey Nut Cheerios he can eat." And of course, McNulty's will end with the shot of him rogering that bar skank under the freeway overpass with the caption "Senator McNulty and wife." Of course, since there are like 423 principal characters in The Wire, such an ending might take three, four hours. So HBO pre-empts that night's rerun of Cathouse -- big whoop.
The clock on the fancy surveillance equipment reads 10:55:34, and you know what that means, kids. Well, neither do the police, which is why the surveillance squads are on the move. Sydnor is following Stanfield eastbound on Baltimore Street at Calhoun. Truck and Dozerman are following Monk, who's heading southbound down on MLK approaching Route 40. Freamon scribbles all this down in a log book, while some Wire fan doubtlessly builds a Google Earth map chronicling the Stanfield gang's every move. Hey, if someone went to all that trouble for the car chase scene in Bullitt, who's to say that The Wire deserves any less.