Miles at the Movies
The best and worst Kind of Blue moments in screen history.
The Wire, Season 1: "Old Cases" (2002)
Detective Lester Freamon (Clarke Peters), heretofore considered washed-up, begins his journey back into the thick of things in this episode from the first season of The Wire. After Lester discovers a crucial clue in the investigation into a Baltimore drug ring, detective Jimmy McNulty (Dominic West) invites him out for a drink. McNulty is impressed with Freamon's keen intellect, not to mention his cynicism—Lester, Jimmy discovers, is "natural police." Freamon's rebirth is accompanied by the soulful "All Blues."
Clip from The Wire: The Complete First Season © HBO Home Video, 2004. All rights reserved.
Dexter, Season 2: "That Night, A Forest Grew" (2007)
Miles might not have appreciated the invocation of Kind of Blue in this episode of Dexter. Keith Carradine plays Special Agent Frank Lundy, the innovative head of an FBI task force hunting a serial killer known as the Bay Harbor Butcher. * While staring at a particularly gruesome series of photos of dismembered body parts, he turns on his CD player. As the opening chords of "So What" crescendo, Lundy theorizes that the killer, while methodical, occasionally liked to "improvise," drawing a parallel between Davis' trumpet and the serial killer's handiwork.
Clip from Dexter: The Complete Second Season © Showtime/Paramount, 2008. All rights reserved.
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Correction, Aug. 17, 2009: The original version of this article misnamed the serial killer in an episode of Dexter. The killer is the Bay Harbor Butcher, not the Bay Area Butcher. ( Return to the corrected sentence.)