Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Treme : Do You Know What It Means.
Treme, created by David Simon, the creator of The Wire, follows the lives of a group of artists and musicians three months after Hurricane Katrina hit new Orleans. Similar to The Wire, Treme is the kind of show with multiple intertwined storylines carried by a great ensemble cast. Every character is related to each other either directly or indirectly in some way or another.
Let me give you an example of what I mean. You have Batiste (Wendell Pierce) the struggling artist that has not met a taxi cab he hasn’t conned into paying less than he owes. He is divorced but still in good terms with Ladonna Batiste (Khandi Alexander), who is working with a local civil rights attorney, Toni Bernette (Melissa Leo) to try and find her brother who disappeared after Katrina. Toni happens to be married to Creighton (John Goodman), an expert on local history, who is also trying to speak to the media to vocalize the fundamental issues with the whole Katrina issue.
See what I mean. Four characters, Four Storylines, all linked together in beautifully scripted and acted moments. Just sheer brilliance. I love every single one of these stories as they are told with a very authentic and captivating tone that has become the staple of David Simon shows.
In addition, to the fantastic stories, you just can’t help but fall in love with the main character of the show which is ultimately the music. From the soulful new orleans second line parade that starts the episode until the final funeral procession that ends it, music is constantly present throughout the episode and it just makes the show that much better. You can’t help bobbing your head when listening to it and it makes you feel for the city and the people that much more.
All and all, Treme is a show that you cannot miss. It has it all: An authentic and powerful story, fascinating characters you can relate to and entrancing music you can’t help loving.
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