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Treme “Sunset On Louisianne” Review (4×04)

23 Dec

treme-season-4Treme is about life and death situations, but not in the way that comes to your mind first. It’s a show about regular people living regular lives, and although it may all seem superfluous, it in fact just injects a sense of realism into the proceedings. ┬áThis season doesn’t feel so much as leftovers as much as more steps in the characters’ lives, and this episode in particular does a nice job of exploring ideas of legacy and accomplishments contrasting with inevitability; our characters will move on, but they desperately want to leave a mark.

For example, David goes on about his legacy to Nelson, who, to his credit, takes the nightclub suggestion to Liguori; Nelson is now just as sympathetic as the rest of the characters on the show, and it’s to the writers’ credit that this is the case. Anyway, Liguori essentially shuts down Davis’s dreams, reminding us of the choke hold that those in power have on us. It’s the same for Colson, someone who will inevitably have to retire even as a new wave of people are pushing through. It’s too late; everyone’s too late. Annie’s caught between her past and her future, but she’ll inevitably end up having to leave if she wants to jump start her career.

Even though this is a show that is constantly moving–life is constantly moving, after all–this episode deals in endings: the ending of Antoine’s school program, the ending of Annie’s band, the ending of Davis’s dreams, and the ending of Albert’s life.

Of that last point, Clarke Peters is brilliant in this role (as well as those around him); it is truly heartbreaking to see such a strong-willed person come to an end like this, but man, it is a pleasure to see such commitment to character here. The father-son “passing of the torch” relationship is excellently played out by both Peters and Brown, and the way the show’s integrated LaDonna into the relationship is a marvel; that last scene in particular is wonderful. Chief Albert Lambreaux will die on his deathbed, but his legacy will live on.

GRADE: B+

OTHER THOUGHTS:

-The “Sing, Sing, Sing” sequence is excellent.

-“I wrote it for you.”

-I like the parallels between Davis and Nelson, with Nelson driving a pricey car and Davis on a bicycle.

-Only one more left. I’m said.

Photo credit: HBO, Treme

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