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Revisiting ‘The Wire’ Characters Part 23 – Brother Mouzone

brothermouzoneOngoing for a serious chunk of the future, I will be revisiting some of the best characters to appear in HBO’s The Wire. My series will be a 30-part piece of admiration to the greatest show in entertainment history. With lists come inevitable omissions and controversies, and The Wire is known for amassing a selection of numerous legendary figures. This list will be my best attempt to pay homage to these characters, ranging from popular fan favorites to occasional lesser known ones who made an impact. Parts are placed in no special order.

While disagreements may still come even with a lengthy series, I contend that 30 parts will be a plentiful total to give respect and please fans simultaneously. Certain days will feature two articles and thus two parts being published, others will just be one. If you’re a fan of The Wire and you find my series fulfilling, please share it with others. Pop Culture Spin appreciates your viewership and your efforts to spread the word. You will find each published entry in the series linked at the bottom of this article. Each fresh installment will link all published entries in the same spot. Landing next in the series, we have Brother Mouzone, played by Michael Potts.

Despite the above words, I wouldn’t consider many entries of my list to be surprising or controversial. Brother Mouzone is one that may seem to come out of left field given his limited time on the show and status as basically being a less cool version of Omar Little. With that as the disclaimer, I still found the Brother Mouzone character to be intriguing and I see him as valuable on a list of this length. He helped kill Stringer Bell, was one of Avon Barksdale’s most trusted figures, and briefly went to battle with Omar. We also can’t forget the bowtie and glasses.

Known for his polite nature and sophisticated personality, Brother Mouzone was anything but ordinary on The Wire. Part of what caused Stringer’s death was the drug kingpin pining the violent murder of Omar’s boyfriend, Brandon, on Brother Mouzone. A man of Mouzone’s skill set of course preferred clean, calculated violence to malicious torture, meaning Brandon’s death didn’t fit with the hitman’s style.

After Omar confronted and shot Mouzone solely because he was seeking revenge for Brandon, the pair eventually reached a truce. Mouzone went to Avon seeking Stringer’s head, and Omar had been hunting Stringer for some time at this point, which made Avon give up his friend. As Omar stated to Stringer before executing him, “Your boy gave you up. That’s right. And we ain’t have to torture his ass neither!”

With his memorable character traits and critical role in relation to important plot points of The Wire, Brother Mouzone warrants recognition. Stringer Bell was of course a better and bigger character, but having a 30-part series allows me to discuss the smaller people behind the fall of a Stringer type rather than just the type himself.

Published Entries of my Revisiting The Wire Characters List
Part 1 – Chris PartlowPart 2 – Jimmy McNulty / Part 3 – Bodie Broadus
Part 4 – Frank Sobotka / Part 5 – Tommy Carcetti / Part 6 – D’Angelo Barksdale
Part 7 – Marlo Stanfield / Part 8 – William Rawls / Part 9 – Bubbles
Part 10 – Ellis Carver / Part 11 – Michael Lee / Part 12 – Stringer Bell
Part 13 – Roland Pryzbylewski / Part 14 – Wee-Bey Brice / Part 15 – Lester Freamon
Part 16 – Slim Charles / Part 17 – Wallace / Part 18 – Bunk Moreland
Part 19 – Howard “Bunny” Colvin / Part 20 – Avon Barksdale / Part 21 – Snoop
Part 22 – Clay Davis / Part 24 – Cedric Daniels / Part 25 – Proposition Joe
Part 26 – Maurice Levy / Part 27 – Dennis “Cutty” Wise / Part 28 – Randy Wagstaff
Part 29 – Kima Greggs / Part 30 – Omar Little / Extra Part – Final Thoughts


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