Saturday, August 02, 2008
In season 4 of The Wire - here I go again - there are two killers working for the new drug lord. One is Chris Partlow, a rationalising sort, the other is Snoop. Snoop is a girl, though I didn't realise this at first, she walks with a peculiarly exaggerated rolling gait, talks in very thick patois and wears an expression of bland unconcern. Her speciality is pouring quicklime over the bodies. In one masterly scene she buys a nail gun from a hardware store; the expression of mounting horror on the salesman's face is The Wire at its best. Snoop is utterly opaque, she betrays no hint of an inner life. She kills with the band insouciance of somebody buying a paper. I already had Snoop down as the most disturbing TV character of all time. But now, having done a little research, I am even more disturbed. She is played by an actress called Felicia Pearson and this is, get this, the full name of Snoop in the show. Her resume seems a little thin, alarmingly so. I am left the question: if she's Felicia in the show, is she Snoop in the real world? I would try to answer this question but I'm scared.
Posted by Bryan Appleyard at 6:52 am