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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.  This 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

Treme “This City” Review (4×02)

8 Dec

treme1Treme is a show about life, and it understands that death is just as much a part of life as everything else; yet, it never falls into a pit of despair, always striking a nice balance between the entertaining and the depressing. This is on full display in this episode.

This episode is brutal to watch: classic Pelecanos. As optimistic as the show can be at times, it also illustrates the futility of certain situations. The episode deals brilliantly with the themes of death, the past, and broken dreams: Albert gives Davina a tour of his childhood on the way to his deathbed, Annie doesn’t want to accept the “death” of her life in this town, Janette has to deal with the “death” of her name, Davis goes through the “death” of his deal and has to return to his former life, Toni breaks down over the seeming futility of all her previous work (all involving murders), and Charisse is killed, forcing Antoine to deal with the heartbreak and illustrating the sad reality of the situation.

Oftentimes, we need to hold onto something to keep us going in our lives: a restaurant, our music, a friend, a vendetta. Yet, it seems as if some of our characters are realizing the necessity of moving on; for example, Albert takes Davina on a tour of his childhood, and we can tell how much he loved it. However, he know that he has to accept what’s coming, and he makes sure to warn both himself and his children.

Of course, the show also sprinkles in some truly hilarious and entertaining moments: Antoine and LaDonna’s scene in the bar is a beautiful thing to watch, as well as Janette and Davis coming up with new insults.

I can only stand back and admire this work of art that’s unfolding, and it’s almost over.

GRADE: A-

OTHER THOUGHTS:

-“I’ve been boycotting your bank for 10 years.” “I’d been wondering where that $300 had gotten to.” BOOM.

-Speaking of, the way the show’s handling Nelson and Liguori is brilliant; they start off seeming like villains, but they grow into people we can sympathize with, with stories we’re willing to invest our time in.

-I still can’t get over The Observer being Annie’s agent.

-“All sane men are afraid to die.” You’re destroying me inside, Clarke Peters.

Credit to HBO and Treme for all pictures. I own nothing.

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