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Treme doesn't capture an authentic sense for New Orleans so much as join the city's ragged, time-honored argument about what authenticity should look like... The result is an ambitious, occasionally compelling, consistently frustrating mess of a show.
Full of intriguing characters, fine actors, music and Big Easy "atmosphere," Treme -- it's pronounced "TreMAY," by the way -- never caught on, and now seems as good a time as any to ask why.
I'm sorry to see it go, except that it went out on such a perfect note of bittersweet complexity -- like the culture it celebrates and mourns and suggests will endure anyway, it's something to have been relished even as it's come to a close.
The final season of Treme, even as the series continues to overflow with the vitality of live music and an ever-evolving regional hash of international cultures, hangs on death.
Even with the occasional ray of hope, Simon's general outlook is too bleak to provide much consolation, either for his characters or for the show's small but loyal audience.
New Orleans is often referred to as the birthplace of jazz, and Treme takes that honorific seriously - one live show, one house party, and one second line at a time.
It's an episode full of unbridled hope, even in the face of the very real threats... still remaining in the historical city, ending a dark season (and series) on a number of emotional high notes.
Showrunner David Simon delivers the same brilliant writing that made his earlier show The Wire a cult smash.
The considerable life-affirming pleasures of Treme, and the unlikely gift of its existence, gives rise to its own form of cruel optimism: it's a show so good you can't help but wish it was even better.
Treme bids a fond and tuneful farewell to characters a few of us have come to love and to storylines that went deeply enough into the challenges of rebuilding lives in New Orleans to be considered as much journalism as TV drama.
Audience Reviews for Treme: Season 4
Dec 02, 2020Folosire superba a muzicii
Jun 20, 2014Your don't need to love jazz to enjoy this remarkable 4-season drama, but it doesn't hurt.