Sammy the Seal

“I don’t know, but it can’t be this”

In celluloid on Saturday, 28 January, 2012 at 22:14

Thank goodness– again, I didn’t know what I was going to do. It’s hard to find clips that don’t have potential spoilers. As always, you come up with something overlooked and unexpected, like so many other moments. There’s no one-liners, no posing, no cool, no flash to the scene. Just two favorite characters, Cutty and Slim Charles, holding it down. Of course, it’s hard to understand if you haven’t been on board with the story and the characters since the beginning of the series, but if you have, you know how much heart is in here. This scene exemplifies one of the cornerstones of the show, to me, anyway, which is that you can’t typify people, because you don’t know where they are from. Just because you think you know someone or something doesn’t mean you do. ¬†Authority does not automatically equal good, street does not always equal thug. If you want to presume upon a person’s character from a cursory glance, just make sure to do so in your head, unless you want to open yourself to criticism, or expose yourself as closed-minded.

What’s impressive about the power of this scene, other than its simplicity, is knowing the context. The two soldiers here have just come from a hit, where one of them dropped a fucking 12- or 13-year-old kid, and yet, I am still moved– by the responsibility, the honesty, the respect, and, above all, the heart. The world may seem cold and shitty, but it can’t snuff out every flame.


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