When we watched the last episode of Season 2 in class I found the last scene that ended the series really interesting.
This is the scene where Nick Sobotka goes back towards the docks and stands by the fence. There is a lot of things that are happening in these closing last couple of minutes. The scene starts out with a wide shot of Nick walking up to the fence of the docks. You can tell that he is under a lot of stress and is clearly looking at something. Many of us thought something was going to happen because he had his back turned to the street, but nothing ends up happening. Nick knows he has to watch his back because they may be coming for him next.
I also found it interesting of the way the camera movement was chose in this scene. It starts off by slowly moving towards Nick’s head to show us the stress that he is in. The camera waits for a couple of seconds so that we as the audience really understands how he is feeling. The camera also kind of comes in from the back of him so it makes us believe that someone is going to come up from behind him and perhaps attack him.
Another thing that was interesting during this scene was when the construction worker was peeing on one of the containers and casually turned around and looked at the two cops that were sitting in the car. The construction worker started laughing and flipped off the two cops and turned the corner. I thought this was very interesting because usually if this was in the real world you could perhaps get into a lot of trouble for doing that. But what happened is that the cops just looked at each other and let him walk away. They just kind of accepted it and just let him go on with his life.
There was also a showing of Ziggy in jail which could have been held for a little bit longer. Since Ziggy is in jail, you would think that he doesn’t get much time to talk to people outside of jail. In the last episode we find out that Frank Sobotka dies, and clearly it has hit Nick pretty hard. Ziggy doesn’t know this news and I’m interested to see what’s going to happen with him. Not only because he is in jail, but because of the death of his Uncle.
The Greeks are the ones who killed Frank, and the police force were trying to put the pieces of the puzzle together before they could leave Baltimore. Unfortunately, they were not able to catch them in time. It was interesting to see the look on Lester Freamon’s face once he was taking the photos down off the evidence board. He stopped once he had the last picture up there. This picture was of The Greeks and Lester just stood there and stared at it for quite some time. He wanted to catch them but couldn’t.
The same thing happens at the end of the scene that happened in the beginning of the scene that I picked out. The camera focuses on just Nick, and follows him down the sidewalk. The camera pans to the left and watches as Nick keeps walking down the sidewalk next to the fence. The camera keeps going to the left and eventually pulls away from Nick and ends up showing the long sidewalk that he is headed down. In my head, I looked at it that the long sidewalk was the long road ahead for him and his family.