My TV and Me

June 25, 2010

Season 1 of Treme

Filed under: reviews — Tags: — gina64 @ 10:52 am

I’ll be honest and say that HBO’s Treme was more a show that I felt I should watch than one I wanted to watch. As some of you know, I made a volunteer Habitat for Humanity trip to NOLA in the spring of 2008, so the subject matter – post-Katrina life for musicians in New Orleans – had significance for me, and I felt a real desire (and yeah, I guess a little kinship) to watch and learn what actually happened after the media went away. Also, David Simon is responsible for what has been called the best television drama ever made – The Wire – so, yeah, I had to check it out.

Now that the first season is over, I have to say that I still feel like Treme is something I should watch more than something I really want to watch. There were moments of brilliance here and there, but overall, it was a bit of a disappointment to me. As much as I love it, I think the show spends way too much time showcasing musical performances, at the expense of drama. And to be honest, there just didn’t seem to be all that much going on. Treme felt more like a snapshot of a place and time than an actual narrative.

In the end, there is enough to Treme – characters, locale and music – to bring me back for a second season (and to buy the first season soundtrack if there is one!). I just hope there’s a story in there worth coming back for.

Here are some reviews of the season and Sepinwall’s interview with David Simon:

GQ’s Why Treme Failed

Salon: Treme’s Long Strange Trip

Sepinwall: David Simon, the man behind Treme, responds to critics.

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