Treme TV Show
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  • The unfortunate thing is, much of the story arcs and characters in 'Treme' are not all that interesting
  • Of course the best story-lines aren't going to be uncovered in the first season
  • To say I was disappointed would be harsh as this is only the first season, and there are lot of things that are done very well

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      As is the case with many other viewers of ‘The Wire’, the next project undertook by David Simon was to be met with equal parts enthusiasm and scrutiny. The brilliance of ‘The Wire’ ensured there would be lofty expectations for ‘Treme’, but the fact that this show is quite a departure from ‘The Wire’, (this is most certainly not ‘The Wire: New Orleans’) meant that fans could watch with fresh eyes, eager to see what was in store with new ground being explored by David Simon.

      ‘Treme’ is essentially about hurricane Katrina, and how the people of New Orleans were forgotten by the government and country. Although music is featured prominently in the series (there is a good batch of “live” music played in every episode) It could not be said that the show is about music. There are references to the history of music in New Orleans and of the different musical styles and generations of music, most noticeably in the dialogue between the father and son characters Albert and Delmond Lambreaux and their differing preferences for traditional or dixieland music and modern jazz. However the music acts more as a narrative device, used to convey freedom of expression and

      a ‘can’t keep us down’ attitude.

      ‘Treme’ is interesting from an analytical viewpoint because in making ‘The Wire’, the show’s creators have proven themselves in terms of creating a watchable, even ingenious television show. So it is pretty much a given that the techniques used in filming and depicting this pseudo reality are going to be top-notch. With that in mind ‘Treme’ can be viewed in a different light. Viewers can focus on things like story arcs, character development and dialogue, instead of wondering if the lighting is right in this particular scene or if that camera angle is the wrong choice for this scene. The unfortunate thing is, much of the story arcs and characters in ‘Treme’ are not all that interesting.

      As a caveat I might add that the show is still in it’s crawling stage. Of course the best story-lines aren’t going to be uncovered in the first season. What the show has achieved in it’s first season is a solid foundation that can be built upon. There will however be a fair amount of pressure to make the next season more engrossing than the first, as another season in a similar vein of storytelling may leave fans

      wondering what went wrong.

      My main criticism of ‘Treme’ is that it has a wonderful setting in which to showcase events in New Orleans, and it is interesting and important to see a show about people that have been through a tragedy and how they cope with it after the fact. It is a shame however that the characters, in particular John Goodman’s Creighton Bernette, are in the show purely to vent and to be righteous in their damnation of the way they have been ill-treated throughout the entire Katrina catastrophe. It is, of course, understandable and deserved that there be fingers pointed at Bush and the government, but there is more than one way to skin a cat and ‘Treme’ seems have employed only one method of venting and it is not a graceful one. There is a distinct lack of subtlety and even a rather pompous stance in comparing the city of New Orleans to San Francisco. As John Goodman’s character offers in a Youtube rant calling San Francisco, a place that has seen earthquakes and disasters of it’s own, an “overpriced cesspool with hills”. In competing with other cities and declaring New Orleans as the most “deserving” ...

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      city of being angry, I can’t help but feel that many real New Orleanians will not be happy with their portrayal on the small screen, perhaps feeling that comparing themselves to others will get them nowhere, and that putting others down is just a way of making themselves feel better. It is brave of a TV show to put the opinions and emotions of a damaged city in their hands, and for outsiders who have never been to New Orleans this will be the closest thing to the real life thoughts and reactions of the New Orleans people after Katrina.

      Some of the characters in ‘Treme’ are so one dimensional and predictable that scenes with them can be frustrating to watch. In particular the characters of Sonny, who is from Amsterdam, and his girlfriend, Annie. This story arc is so predictable and lacking in depth that I had tuned them out by the third episode. Although only in the show to offset the developments of the main plot, it is a shame that this space could not have been filled with a more engaging story. It adds nothing to the show and it doesn’t feel like it is actually a

      part of it, rather a generic romantic drama about two vagrants living in a city and I can only assume it is in the show to appeal to a younger audience.

      The tone of the show is serious and heavyhearted, but there is some comic relief that comes chiefly in the form of college dropout/flop DJ Davis McAlary, and Antoine Baptist, who is frequently shown ducking out of paying cab fares to humorous effect. The shows creators have thought carefully about how much humour is used and it’s placement, ensuring it is not over saturating and does not overshadow the overall tone and pathos that the show is attempting to adopt.

      To say I was disappointed would be harsh as this is only the first season, and there are lot of things that are done very well. In the next season I am hoping to see more interesting story-lines and less filler (Amsterdamian and Annie). One thing is for sure and that is that I will be watching the next season and am excited to see in which direction ‘Treme’ goes. It is an important piece of television and I hope it can deliver on meeting expectations that were not met in the first season.

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