Briefly, About Treme

Sam Wilkinson

According to a faithful reader, I'm Ordinary Times's "least thoughtful writer." So I've got that going for me, which is nice.

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  1. Patrick Cahalan says:


  2. Kazzy says:

    Very cool. I didn’t even realize the show was still going. I’m still working my way through “The Wire”, which I love but can only watch an episode here or there because of the pacing and my ADHD (not real but something is going on there for me). I also put that on hiatus to watch “Breaking Bad”, which I’m almost caught up on. Perhaps this goes into the queue as well.Report

    • Stillwater in reply to Kazzy says:

      I watched all five seasons in a really short time frame – a couple weeks I think. It was brutal, staying up til 3 am every night and having to be at work in the morning. But the show was just that damn good.Report

      • Kazzy in reply to Stillwater says:

        Which one are you talking about? Treme?Report

        • Sam Wilkinson in reply to Kazzy says:

          Treme’s only entering its third season. The Wire was five seasons long. Gotta be talking about The Wire.Report

          • Kazzy in reply to Sam Wilkinson says:

            Treme is only going into season three? Really? Wow. Do they talk long breaks between seasons?


            I love “The Wire” but generally struggle with really deliberately paced films and shows. I think the pacing is part of the brilliance of it, but it is a bit of a catch-22. The older I get (just turned 29), the shorter my attention span. I’m impressed that you did it in a short time. It’s heavy and takes me a while to digest. But I’ll get there. As soon as I am all caught up on BB, it’s back to that, and probably on to “Treme” next.Report

  3. Stillwater says:

    Sweet! I’m midway thru season two at this point, so I’ve got some catching up to do.Report

  4. Mike Schilling says:

    It’s a show I intend to watch but haven’t started yet, so your overview was very helpful.Report

  5. tarylcabot says:

    Speaking as a New Orleans ex-patriot, we feel obligated to watch because it’s about our city after a tragedy, but there’s no memorable lines (you’ll never see a top 100 on YouTube as you did for the Wire).

    Most importantly, Simon spent his formative years in Maryland, so grokked that city, but he lacks that depth of understanding of New Orleans. Some of the scenes ring very false, e.g. in the first season, Delmond was busted for smoking a joint with friends on the sidewalk. I’ve been in the quarter when the musicians from One Mo’ Time went out at intermission to smoke a joint – no fear of being busted. NOLA cops maintain order during chaotic times by arresting a guy with a gun not by busting folks minding their own business puffing a joint. (Based on a true story – during Mardi Gras week, I over heard the police as a handcuffed fellow said “but i wasn’t going to use the gun” and the cop replied “you know how most people get killed? it isn’t someone going out to kill someone. guy goes into a bar with a gun, someone calls him an SOB & next morning he wakes up in jail sorry about what happened the night before.”)

    To pile on, each season of the Wire had a narrative arc – would they bust Barksdale? Would they break up the criminals working with the dockyards? Treme lacks that narrative drive. Yes, i realize that a cops-and-robbers show lends itself to that arc, but the storylines are too muddled in Treme.Report

    • Sam Wilkinson in reply to tarylcabot says:

      I’m not going to argue with somebody who doesn’t seem to like the show; I certainly get that. I just think Simon’s attempt to capture life as it is lived – absent huge arcs or bracingly tense moments – is interesting. That said, and as you’ll see when I start recapping these things properly, there are aspects of the show that I certainly don’t enjoy.Report