Thursday, June 10, 2010

What I’m Watching: Treme

Treme: Season 1, Episode 8 “All on a Mardi Gras Day” (B+)

Getting the entire cast together for a Mardi Gras celebration certainly serves as a fitting tribute to this show so far and to the city in which it is set. The introductory performances by Sonny and Annie and then by Antoine served as a nice segue into the all-out crazy parade, which got even the most stress-prone and tightly-wound characters going. Sadly, Albert wasn’t able to partake in the festivities due to his being kept in jail by the police, but it’s nice that his son got to enjoy himself and a get a good taste of New Orleans. Janette’s quick change following her morning shift into her fairy costume was impressive, and it was fun to see her letting loose and singing while trying to turn her run-down car into a taxi cab. Another chance to see Davis’ wacky family was certainly welcome, and it was also fun to see Davis spend the night and bond with Annie. Sonny and Annie’s decision to split but both go to the parade and meet other people made sense because it’s a necessary step for them, but it’s unlikely to have a positive lasting effect on their relationship. Antoine running into the Japanese man who bought him his new instrument at the bar made for a very touching scene, just like last time. Ladonna’s efforts to postpone informing her mother about her brother’s death continue to be difficult to bear. Summing up the state of mind of the episode is Creighton, whose melancholy video very effectively suggests a longing for the good old days.

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