Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Treme: Sham, Shame, Shame.

Finally, things are looking up for Janette (Kim Dickens), whose restaurant got an impromptu visit from four of New York's top chefs (pictured, from left to right: Tom Colicchio, Eric Ripert, Wylie Dufresne, and David Chang). Not a foodie? No matter, the fact that they liked Janette and Jacques' food (as the Valley Girlish waitress confirmed) is a huge win, especially after last episode's depressing restaurant closure.

Antoine Baptiste (the amazing Wendell Pierce) is slowly emerging as the character with the most screen time, and this episode was no exception, although I much preferred the other storylines, for once. Khandi Alexander continues to impress as LaDonna, who is a woman who knows when to be tough (with the deadbeat contractor) but is also quite vulnerable (dreaming of and searching for her brother Daymo).

Creighton's ongoing love affair with YouTube yielded another memorable tirade (against President Bush), but this one wasn't quite as quotable as the "F--k you, you f--king f--ks!" from last episode. Could anything possibly top that?

Fess up, friends, how many of you had to turn on the closed captioning for the extensive jazz dialogue between Antoine and his Japanese patron? Even with the subtitles, I found most of the conversation a bit too "Inside Baseball" except when they disagreed at the music shop and Antoine unleashed his certainty about Honoré Dutrey being the slide-trombonist in the photo.
My wish to see more of the "compelling little bouncer" was granted, and I loved the intensity of his gaze and the chemistry between him and Annie. The moment he swiftly ushered Annie to safety during the second-line shooting, I knew Sonny was going to feel threatened and show him the door. Annie's the best thing in Sonny's life, and he's obviously a jealous boyfriend. I'm not a huge Sonny fan (although the actor Michael Huisman is doing a fine job), and I wouldn't mind a love triangle there.

For the sake of full disclosure, let me come clean about my life-long adoration of character-actor David Morse (Lt. Colson). He can basically do no wrong in my book, from his days as sensitive doctor in 'St, Elsewhere,' to his George Washington in 'John Adams.' A "That Guy" if ever there was one, his conversations with Toni provide much-needed perspective on how FUBAR the crime situation is in post-Katrina New Orleans.
The confrontation between Davis and the angry bar patron was soul-crushing. Poor Davis got sucker punched! Just because he's a long-time resident of the Treme, doesn't mean Davis can say the N-word without repercussions. It was poignant to see him interact again with his neighbors, because Davis sadly realized that to those who don't know him, he's just as much a "white boy" outsider as the gentrifying preservationists.

Speaking of Davis, Zahn was hilarious in that campaign-song jam -- "Shame, shame, shame on you, now Dubya." Was the song too partisan for conservative viewers? My husband insists this show wouldn't appeal to conservative viewers, and not just because of all the Bush-bashing, but I say good TV is good TV. Feel free to chime in, fellow Treme followers.

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