Treme, Season 3, Episode 6, “Careless Love”

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. Lindsay Beyerstein says:

    I liked the Creigh storyline because it was such a realistic depiction of suicide. His death was inexplicable, like most suicides. It was poignant because it was so senseless. He had every reason to live but he couldn’t see that.

    Creigh didn’t jump off the ferry because Katrina ruined his life. Like you said, he emerged materially unscathed compared to most people. He killed himself because he felt like a failure. Katrina was just the catalyst for all those feelings of hopelessness and self-loathing. A lesser show would have given Creigh much bigger hurricane-related problems. The writers would have given him enough trials to make his suicide seem compelled, or at least explained.Report

    • Sam in reply to Lindsay Beyerstein says:

      It wasn’t popular when I wrote it three years ago, and it’s no more popular now, but my reaction to Creigh’s suicide was one of utter disgust: it was such a selfish act in the grand scheme of the show that I thought I was watching.

      What was argued then is that Creigh was a deeply troubled soul. I never saw that side of the character. I saw a white man who was basically unaffected by the storm – his home had its roof damaged, something quickly repaired – who raged on behalf of others. Meanwhile, the characters who had genuine reasons to be angry? Albert, who lost his neighborhood? Antoine, who lost everything? LaDonna, who lost her brother and, briefly, Gigi’s? They carried on, not quietly, but without being utterly paralyzed.

      What I can’t figure out is whether or not this theme is intentional.Report

  2. Mary Christine says:

    I just found your site. You had me at “the odious Annie”. Amen. Too much of nothing.Report