An appreciation of “Homicide” episode “The Subway” and the enduring vision of its creators

Amelie Lasker:

The premise of “The Subway” is quite constrained. The Baltimore Police Department homicide unit is called in when John Lange (played by Vincent D’Onofrio) is pushed into an oncoming subway and pinned between the train and the platform. He’s still alive, but the pressure of the pinning is literally holding him together, and the moment EMTs move him, he will die. While Detective Tim Bayliss (Kyle Secor) tries to discern between cruel murder and accident among a frantic mass of disturbed witnesses, Detective Frank Pembleton (Andre Braugher) sits with Lange to await his fate. Lange’s breathless, angry shouting as his blood pressure gradually drops is sickening. This wait is as emotionally draining as any one-act tragedy.

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