Category Archives: Season 1

Final Thoughts: Treme Season One

Coming off The Wire, my expectations for Treme were impossibly high, a fact somewhat mitigated by knowing that they were impossibly high.  Continue reading

Just give me one day

Some critics have complained that there were no real surprises in “I’ll Fly Away,” but that wasn’t really the point.  While there were still some moments we were waiting for, the season’s climax was, effectively, last week.  Continue reading

They're just moments

Treme has rarely blown me away in its first season.  That’s not a defect; the show’s been consistently engrossing but it’s built on captivating little moments rather than astonishing big ones.  But, when it does go for the jugular, it nails it.  Continue reading

A dream of what used to be

Like most people, I was expecting Treme to conclude with Mardi Gras; it seemed only natural that a show with a city as the central character end on its most important day.  With Fat Tuesday Continue reading

Our own worst enemy

Treme swung for the fences this week and delivered one of its best episodes to date.  I complained last week that the big dramatic moments didn’t have room to breathe, and Simon continues the “quick glimpse” style here, but Continue reading

New Orleans can speak for itself

Well, I guess it had to happen eventually.  We’ve finally gotten an episode of Treme that I found less than compelling.  Not that there wasn’t plenty of gold in “Shallow Water, Oh Mama,” just that Continue reading

You wanna talk about a trombone?

Just when you thought Treme was going to amount to nothing more than a flawlessly executed love letter to New Orleans, the writers throw a disturbing, shocking, delightfully complicated message our way.  Continue reading

I just want my city back

A crisis is something that must be addressed immediately; a problem is something that can’t be.  I’m not sure if it’s me or the characters getting used to the devastation-visuals (probably a bit of both), Continue reading

Something… authentic?

You. Must. Watch. Treme.  Seriously, the second episode firmly places the series in that “elusively awesome” category that David Simon has mastered.  Continue reading

Welcome to the city that care forgot

You need to watch Treme.  David Simon’s follow up to The Wire may lack the crime and corruption that characterized his masterpiece but, for me at least, that series was less a new (and awesome) spin on cops and robbers Continue reading