It’s Harder To Write a Song Than a Sonata

The pre­vi­ous episode of Treme was the most well made and fully real­ized of the sea­son so far (Patrick and Josh break it down, as always, at A Blog Supreme). It’s taken four episodes for this sea­son to lay out its mate­ri­als, and they are finally start­ing to come together. The best moments of the(…)


Hardy Jack­son, Amer­i­can Cit­i­zen There is polit­i­cal art, and there is art that is polit­i­cal. The for­mer is art whose rai­son d’être is to make an argu­ment about how soci­ety should be ordered or gov­erned, the lat­ter is art that has ideas and con­cerns beyond the polit­i­cal, but that has a con­tent or con­text that(…)

All On Mardi Gras Day” and “Wish Someone Would Care”

The sea­son finale of “Treme” is tonight, the last two episodes have pre­pared the story for the kind of any­thing that David Simon’s shows have pio­neered, the any­thing of life going on, regard­less of what hap­pens to indi­vid­u­als. The last shot of the last episode of sea­son four of “The Wire,” the inter­sec­tion out­side Bunny’s(…)

Shallow Water, Oh Mama” and “Smoke My Peace Pipe”

Catch­ing up with Treme just in time for a new episode tonight … … but before any dis­cus­sion of spe­cific things in the last two episodes, being away from writ­ing about it for a few weeks has me see­ing the larger pic­ture. The way the show has been writ­ten is really musi­cal in the sense(…)

At The Foot Of Canal Street”

The lat­est episode of Treme was back to a pur­pose­ful form after the drift of the pre­vi­ous one.  I’ve focussed on the char­ac­ter of Sonny before, because he has been an irri­tat­ing cipher, but now we’ve got­ten some impor­tant details about who and what he is and where he’s going; he’s a poseur and a(…)

Right Place, Wrong Time”

This third episode of Treme drifted quite a bit.  As a stand-alone, it was a lit­tle dis­ap­point­ing (I watched it with one of my sister’s who hadn’t seen the show yet, and she was unim­pressed, and I don’t blame her).  In this long, episodic form, there’s time spent on dis­play­ing char­ac­ters and set­ting up situations,(…)

Meet De Boys On The Battlefront”

This sec­ond episode of Treme felt like a bit of a let down from the open­ing one, for one spe­cific rea­son, the appear­ance of the street musi­cians Sonny and Annie.  Their two scenes were odd and seemed mis­placed and even super­flu­ous.  There may be a rea­son for them, yet unclear, but they seem point­less. Sonny(…)

Do You Know What It Means”

Ah, Treme.  As the date drew nearer, and the accu­mu­la­tion of pro­mo­tional arti­cles and reviews built, I was look­ing for­ward to the pre­mier and also was a lit­tle wary.  The Wire was one of the best nar­ra­tive dra­mas I’ve ever expe­ri­enced, in any form, and David Simon clearly is a bril­liant story teller.  So I(…)