Scott Von Doviak Reviews Treme: Season Three

Treme: Season Three

Throughout its first two seasons, Treme seemed to suffer from a split-personality disorder. Half the time it was a relaxed “hangout” show, bar-hopping throughout New Orleans and rubbing elbows with the musicians, cooks, Mardi Gras Indians, and hangers-on just trying to make their way through day-to-day life after Katrina. The rest of the time it was a much angrier, often more strident series about the failure of institutions to respond properly to disaster befalling a culturally unique American city. As a viewer, trying to reconcile these two halves into a coherent whole was often frustrating, particularly since several of the major characters were abrasive, if not downright unlikable.

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