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Right into "Didn't He Ramble?"

At the burial of the kid who was in jail – right after the woman sung…the band went right into “Didn’t He Ramble”…when they should have started with Closer Walk w/ thee…INTO Didnt He Ramble. what gives?

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Those who decided to take their own lives.

I hope that John Goodman’s character does not go the route of his taking his own life but I can understand if the writers feel the need to follow that plot line as it was all too real after the storm. I had 2 friends who after the storm committed suicide.

My good friend Mark took his life in ’06 a few months after the storm. It was a huge loss for the city, especially the arts/theater community. He was a sensitive soul and torn up about the losses in the wetlands and communities he was raised within.

Tonight’s episode certainly leaves many questions.

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I couldn't do it.

I was going to go to a freinds house last night and watch the latest episode but I just could not do it. I was thinking to myself . . . We are dealing with so much tragedy all over again, RIGHT NOW, can I really spend an hour and look back, in what is amazingly accurate detail, and re-eximine the last time we were so utterly screwed over by man made error?

I hope to catch it on DVR somewhere this week.

What I miss?

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'Drive away from here sir.'

Big Chief Monk Boudreaux my man. A fearless leader of men. So happy to see him get his due. Also on the same day that he rocked the heritage stage. And that final shot as the bus was driving away, photographic poetry.

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NOPD BEAT DOWN

NOPD might get pissed at the savage depiction of the beat down of Antoine Batiste, but that is their own shit and they have to own it. You don’t want to be portrayed like that then don’t act like that. The only thing I can say is that David Simon has a very keen sense of balance and come Mardi Gras, in Treme Land, I am sure that NOPD will not be cast as such the villai, as they do run the best party in the best city in the world.

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He ain't that bad.

It seems there is a great deal of push back on the Davis character for either being (1) based on someone everyone seems to know in town accept me and (2) he is just a screw up of a character.

I think he is one of the best parts of the show. He will bring levity to any episode and really seems sweet when you look beyond being such a screw up. I loved the scene with the Professor’s daughter (and then the father’s talk on the porch).

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Dinner for 1?

I know this is not what folks want to hear, but that street performer with a sad evil streak is building up to do something very nasty to that poor girl. Will they go so far as to play out the story from 2006 of the suicide/murder/horror movie set? I don’t know but it sure looks to be heading into a dark realm.

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i often shave before i do it.

Absolutely beautiful episode. The way it brought the “Indian Red” from Dr. John playing it to the people playing it at the end. Then interrupted by the tour group—-“drive away from here.— I’m sorry, your’re right, I’m sorry.” What respect in that scene.

I was holding back. But I feel it needs to be said…the Sonny and Annie storyline…I feel like it’s going to take the Zach and Addie storyline. I didn’t want to mention it, it’s something that just provokes disturbing feelings.

I don’t know how to feel. I didn’t know them, but I know so many people who did. But I feel like that story is going to be told…but to what end?

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Katrina Tours

I loved the scene with the Indians truly great. Even saw a old teacher of mine in that scene Mrs. Nelson. When I saw that Katrina Tour, brought back memories truly hated that Katrina Tour liked seeing the folks out there getting them to move along.

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Maybe tone it down a little bit

Love the scenery. But it seems that there is such a hurry to use every cliche’ ever voiced in New Orleans in just 2 episodes: where y’at, how,s your momma and em’, cher’, and then to name every single street in the city too. It is good (for me) to hear all that, but to the rest of the nation, I think they will get bored in a very short time since it means nothing to them. And the guy that was on the radio before Spud and then a Hotel clerk, seems like a serial killer pyscho dude to me. Very creepy. Oh my, Miss Parker, you look lovely.

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Ah don't givadamn....

what the rest of the world thinks about this soap opera set in NOLA. For me is was a sensual orgy of hearing my music and my friends voices, seeing my food on the table, and feeling right at home with all my places as the set. It would be great if the rest of the world “gets” it, but even if they don’t, we’ll have this document to show our grandchildren. “This is what it looked like, this is what it sounded like, what this character expresses in this scene tells part of my story too.”

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Wendell Pierce and Interaction with Musicians

Wendell Pierce character has to be my favorite so far. He truly plays his role and gives an authenticity to musicians in New Orleans. Him and his interaction with other local musicians is absolutely wonderful to me. It just feels right!

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Episode Deux

I think it is a little slow but I think it is necessary to develop the characters properly. Describing real life is gonna take a minute. Oh we of such short attention should be patient and trust the creators vision.

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John Goodman

John Goodman, in real life is a spokesperson for Levees.org. Before the show aired, I feared that some would marginalize Goodman’s character, Creighton Bernette as a member of a fringe group. Therefore, I was pleased to see that in the second episode, it because well established that Goodman’s character is a thinking intellectual albeit with a bit of a potty mouth.

Click here for link to a commercial Mr. Goodman did for Levees.org in April 2007.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zooW7F9ls7k&feature=related

Sandy Rosenthal, wife, mom, Who-dat and founder or Levees.org

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Nobody's getting arrested.

A couple things on the arrested for weed scene.

1) Camp Greyhound was still in effect. OPP wasn’t open. And NOPD was still pretty worn-out and stressed. I don’t think they would have given two shits about a joint. If there had been glass then maybe they all would have gotten rolled up cause paraphernalia counts as bad as Heroin possession. But if it’s just a joint – no way. They might have smoked it though.

2) If NOPD rolls up on a bunch of people smoking weed, errrybody goin’ to jail not just the brother. Cops here aren’t as racist as some people believe. NOPD’s problems lie closer to them being more criminal not more intolerant.

3) I think Galactic would have sprung for bail.

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My first Pet Peeve - we don't repeat each other this much.

Especially in the scenes with Clarke Peters (Big Chief). I think they do it for comprehension purposes but we actually can hear and don’t need to repeat things to demonstrate that we heard you. i.e ‘Calliope’ ‘ Calliope.’ I don’t remember them doing that for ‘The WIre,’ in fact i remember re-watching scenes with snoop just to figure you what she was trying to say. I’d prefer a little more authenticity even if it means you have to re-watch it to understand. Shit it took me 4 years before I figure out ‘d’heme co’ was D’Hemecourt.

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Is it Boring?

I am seeing some complaints that people are bored by the show, especially from some locals I respect. I think part of the boring tag comes from because the show feels so familiar. It would be a trip to view this through the eyes of a college kid from ‘insert moderately hip university town’ whose never been here. But I love it there doing a phenomenal job, and they’ve clearly been doing their homework.

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Name ten people you know who you would cast in your own N.O. post-Katrina series. Via my good friend Charles Broome at the Facebook

Broome – Dr. Bob, Loren Pickford, Maggie McEleney, Ken Ferdinand, Curtis Casados, Mad Dog Don Waits, Luke Allen, Jackie Jones, Pablo Paz, Blossom Gleim.

My List – Norman Robinson (just to see him pee on a cop), Dennis Gibliant (2nd District PO who could be peed on cause he is such a good sport), Zack Smith, Jack Snyder and Chris Jones, Keith Veizer (these hispters were taught by somebody), Andrei Codrescu (its all about the vampires, Bucky (rip buddy), Jay Mazza and John Driver.

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Wendell Pierce

Wendell Pierce is channelling all street musicians and their lives really well. Reminds me a bit of James Andrews mixed in with Bob French. Stories of all kinds, avoiding Bourbon Street (for all the right music reasons), impressing the tourists—making gigs but not looking for a job. I have friends who match this in various ways, but I will not out them here. You know who you are ;)

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Empty Promises

Overall, tonights episode was “too good.” It got me a bit depressed and took me back to the days and months after Katrina. All the shit we were all going through. Empty promises by governments, contractors, and Entergy. People taking advantage of those who haven’t come home yet. The different lived experiences of Blacks and Whites after the storm. The “Survival of the Fittest” reality that became New Orleans after the storm. This is a GREAT series, and it seems that the research for the first two episodes keeps the feel very real for me. This episode in particular was accurate—too accurate on many fronts for my mental health.

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Overall Thoughts

Wow. Episode 2 Treme. They captured the feel of the city those early months after the storm. “Survival of the Fittest” comes to mind, and something I have heard over and over in my interviews with people who have come back and stayed. I will say this—this episode got me depressed, in a post-Katrina kind of way that I haven’t felt in a long time. Contractors not showing up, or just taking your money. Insurance Claims that have yet to be paid. The SBA Loan that has yet to materialize. We expected so much to be “relatively” normal, even among the chaos, after the storm. We couldn’t process how the so-called simple things could take so long to start, if at all.

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Recording Session

Toussaint giving guidance and looking on in the recording session was a great moment. All of the music in the show I am sure makes the outside viewer wonder if it is forced or do they really play music that much down there?

We do.

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Strippers and Live Music

I am going to bet that many viewers of the episode last night were scratching their heads during the scene in the strip club with the live band. What is that? Where is that?

In 3 months that club will be open on Bourbon. I am willing to bet on it. There are some resourceful folks in this city and I bet they can pull it off.

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Some great lines in this episode.

“Dumb shit, cause it’s easier.”

“I am black Jewish woman, hear me roar.”

“Kermit BBQ taste right, but not that right.”

“Don’t suffer.”

“You sound like wynton.”
“I hope so.”

“There’s pride on Bourbon Street.”

“There like the meters, but white.”

“Gotta start somewhere.”

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A good second episode, but . . .

The use of Wwoz to have a continuous sound track for the show, from kitchen in one scene to a car in the next is brilliant and something the creators I am sure are very happy with as a device.

Fin McCools and Dirty Coast shirt sighting.

Loved the kids from Madison sent to Bullets only to have the time of their life and scare the hell out of their parents. I know some folks will hate that part of the show but I get a kick out of playing with tourists.

All in all I really enjoyed it, but I did find it did not dive in as deep to the various story lines as I had hoped. But these things take time. By episode 5 I and everyone else will hopefully be hooked.

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Good show.

!I thought the show was great. It had points to start with because no one said “cher” and there was no voo doo priest. When are writers going to get past that on other shows. But this one was really good. The characters, the images, their dialect. I am looking forward to the second one.
By the way, it was good to see Benny Jones and Uncle Lionel getting their deserved time in front of a camera. Hello, Benny!

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Mama Roux

Coming full circle…the first recorded song to be selected by a character, which then becomes the background music, is from Dr. John’s ground breaking first record.
By the way, just for reference, you can stream it here: http://www.casttv.com/shows/treme/do-you-know-what-it-means/9ojhw71.

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Styling

The clothing selection appears subtle and yet visually interesting, with attention being paid to how the wardrobes work with background and final screen composition…kudos!

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LOVE TREME!

I loved everything about the pilot episode. Finally someone gets New Orleans. My favorite scene was the Indian coming down the street out of the dark and after the storm it was DARK! The DJ Davis character is one of my favorites. He is exactly like so many people I’ve known. The dialogue is priceless. The music is wonderful. Loved the Louis Prima! Hope they get how crazy and tearful everyone was. I think I cried in the Rouse’s when an announcement came on saying there were crawfish in the meat department. Also, that first Mardi Gras. So many locals down in the quarter thanking the tourists for coming back!

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Buona Sera--Louis Prima

As has been pointed out on Back-of-Town, the use of this song was sheer genius. By illustrating that the radio station (OZ) is the official soundtrack of the city, I was reminded of my own constant connection with the sounds and happenings of NOLA.
The song also gave a nod to the huge Italian population base, a bit like the tomato in the sauce.

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From the Treme page on the HBO site . . .

Sounds like this person did not like the show:

“I have always loved and had a passion for every show HBO ever had on air. However Treme was one of the worst, most boring shows I have ever seen. I feel asleep on my couch after 35 minutes. It was so boring and stupid. I hope HBO goes into a different direction than this in the future. The Wire and The Courner were amazing shows but Treme is awful. I heard HBO green lighted a second season…bad move. I would cancel HBO because of this if it wasnt for Entourage, Pacific, East Bound and Down and coming Boardwalk Empire. Worse than Carnival…worst show on HBO of all time.”

http://bit.ly/9BPH3o

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Wonder Bread?

That loaf should have read Bunny.

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Treme Producers should inevitably read this site.

Since this is already picked up for a second season, we should have an area where were try to influence what is featured in future episodes. I don’t know what time frame they’re hoping to cover (I’ll probably never actually see the show), but it’s important to show how strong the post-flood music/arts community is. And we should help direct them.

You KNOW Rebirth will get a spot (as they should) but I want to plug Helen Gillet (who lives in musician’s village), her band Wazozo, Jayna Morgan, The Local Skank, The Noisician Coalition… 100s of new Brass bands have popped up.

It would also be nice if they gave a nod to Kerwin James.
~Jimm

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Joyful Revelry

I will finally see Treme tonight, in the meantime I’ve been thinking that the whole nation, and by extension the entire planet, can benefit from seeing the lifestyle that is portrayed in the show: how for instance in NOLA there is the living tradition of communal rituals that break down stagnated social barriers.
NOLA is the heart of the nation, and the music and dance that it produces is its soul.
Think of it, to a great majority of religious bigots in the world — the same people who consider Americans their enemy — to be a New Orleanian would be against the law.

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evacuation and emptyness

one of the best parts of the show was the trumpet player in nyc after he talks to his sister about their dad goin home and guttin a bar he doesnt even own, the scene where hes back in the club in new york with donald harrison, and hes lookin around at all the people havin a good time, and the sound gets muffled, thats one of my most vivid memories about that time right after the storm. being gone from here and watchin the citys destruction, while meanwhile everyone else is goin about their business. i remember feeling that way until i got home 6 weeks after the storm.

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"Exposition is soul killing."

I listened to one of the interviews on NPR with David Simon. He made the point that he does not care what any other audience thinks of the show other than New Orleanians. He explains that he wants to drop you into the Nola world and have you figure it out. That will not spell it out for you.

Take a listen. Very interesting.

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=125741067

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Beer

Heard from a native: “They got it right that only the white people drink Abita”

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Bad Character Development

I love DJ Davis, but I am going to literally struggle throughout this series if he “represents” the dj experience at WWOZ. There is no doubt that djs at WWOZ are eclectic, essentric, egotistical, and self-important. That’s why they’re called radio “personalities.” And WWOZ djs had many a quarrel with the policies at the station. But they all had an incredible passion for the music they play—and I’m not getting that out of the Davis character in this first episode. He’s just “there” at the station. The relationship between WWOZ and the community needs to be better illustrated, and these crazy, knowledgable djs help preserve it. WWOZ is the soundtrack of the city. Davis needs to show us why.

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Good Character Development

I feel that John Goodman’s character is channeling the great New Orleans blogger Ashley Morris. You can feel Ashley’s passion in Goodman’s lines. The character (Bernette) represents how we all felt three months after the storm. Both the Anger and the emerging Resiliance become the foundations of the rebuilt New Orleans, and Ashley was the voice that trumpeted our emotions to the rest of the world. Wendell Pierce’s character represents all working musicians in this city. The money is sparse and tight, but they work with passion every day and night. Clark Peters is a channeling Monk Boudreaux, with a bit of Tootie Montana. You can see how important the tradition is with him in his costume.

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A Well Stocked Pantry

Labels galore. From Old New Orleans Rum to Hubig’s Pies. Zapps in the kitchen. Beer sold on the streets during a second line parade. Having an Abita when you get home. Waiting for Brocatta’s to open. Now, there’s lots of food missing, and I’m hoping it will show up in later episodes, but this is a good start. The fact that restaurants were losing staff left and right was not just an issue of Post-Katrina New Orleans—it was an everyday fact in the service industry before the storm. It made for a difficult time managing to get restaurants back online after the storm, and this is made clear in the first episode.

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Getting Things Right

HBO has done a great job recreating the “vibe” of New Orleans in this first episode. For many New Orleans, I am sure it was the first time they were behind the scenes on a gig negotiation for a second line parade, and how little musicians get paid to perform their craft. The Krewe itself—The 100 Black Men of Labor—a nod to our culture and how important it is to preserve all the traditions. Down to the beer sold on the streets during a parade. They also do a great job emphasizing the importance of the Mardi Gras Indian tradition, and how individuals Indians worked to keep this and other aspects of the culture alive today. And it is also evident that not many Indians are left in the city.

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Surprise, surprise, the commenters on Nola.com hated the show.

http://www.nola.com/treme-hbo/index.ssf/2010/04/does_hbos_treme_live_up_to_its.html

Having a good day? Go read some comments here. Like clock work.

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Vaughn's

So I don’t want to go into the minutiae of Treme but I will say one thing. HBO waa able to capture the vibe of Vaughn’s on a Thursday down to such a level that I was able to smell the white beans and rice sitting on the sideboard between sets. The lighting was great, the sound was great (it sounded like a single mike in front of the stage) and the way it spacially reflected the club was awesome as well. How often have you had to struggle to recognize a location in a movie filmed here. That was totally fucking Vaughn’s. You don’t get much better than that. I can only hope they remain true to our other local hangouts (no sanitized clean restrooms please).

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A Flurry of insider info, wise plot lines, and clever characters.

Overall, amazing 1st episode. I started to watch it w/ a critical eye at first to pick out it’s faults, cause we know almost EVERY show done or set in/about New Orleans has been pretty bad (Angel Heart still on of my favorites).But as the episode went on, i relaxed and just got back in touch w/ the stories of the storm, of my story, of my friends stories, and stories i’d heard: the heartache, the loss, the grieving and the coping of your best friend New Orleans in pain.

only fault was the way the indian chanted. Alot of chants didn’t seem familiar, or very characteristic. The show could have researched that. Steve Zahn’s character is right on. There’s only 1 Davis, but…so many like him.

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Treme reminds NoLA about itself...

I find it hard to do anything in 700 characters or less, but for this, I’ll do it. I am a critic of New Orleans movies, and much like a sucker, I’ll watch most anything that features our city. As I prepared myself for a night of cringing and possible the need for heavy drinking, I was pleased to find that not only had TREME beat my expectations, they avoided the usual pitfalls found in other films, shows, clips.

The actors did well, the lingering shots of New Orleans were beautifully shot and the plot-line is developing. John Goodman performing Ashley Morris’s words & sentiments were impeccable and resonated well. I’m willing to stick around and see what happens with this show

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Kermit

I really enjoyed the first episode! It was great to see kermit in the show and i hope they continue to have him in the program.

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Tremeter

Looked and sounded GREAT. I look forward to some character development and I’m curious about future story lines.

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I liked it better in the morning

I am born and raised New Orleans, and I have two negative comments. The first being the focus on the Treme neighborhood only, I think a city-wide focus might have been better because we came together as a city after the storm. My second concern was the viability of the show at the national level.

What I did like was the almost spot-on portrayal of the city’s culture and characters. After K-ville and every other Hollywood flop of New Orleans, this is refreshing. It’s cool to get the great brass, the food references, and the location references. I then concluded that if we just let it tell the story, and sit back and enjoy watching our city on HBO that that would be just fine by me.

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Treme'

I really liked it overall. Of course it has to pass through the toughest critics on the planet. We will have to be patient as we see how the characters are going to be developed. It appeared challenging to introduce all the characters within the time frame without it feeling like it was kind of crammed in there. Really loved the club scene with Kermit. That works for me too! The funeral procession scene was also great. It is awesome to see the precision and the passion of that tradition. Overall very exciting to think that this is a show that has it mostly right on.

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Not as good as the Super Bowl

Needs more Shockey.

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Ain't no Jockomo IPA in '05

The Steve Zahn character of the obnoxious self-righteous loser white boy annoyed me at first, but on reflection, it’s an accurate portrayal of some folks here so good going, D. Simon. The little girl was adorable with her hatred of Red Stick. I’ve had a special hate of BR since at least 2003 and it warms my cockles when I hear invectives about that DFW wannabe.

It’s only the first episode, so (tryin’ to be objective, dammit) it’s hard to say I love the show yet, but the characters are believable and the background is fairly accurate. I would like to see the show develop into a story of hope instead of portraying us as a bunch of depressed lunatics. We don’t play that shit.

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Katrina...the Mini-Series

I might be the only person, besides the many New Orleanians who can’t afford HBO, who didn’t watch the premiere of Treme. I am probably the only person who really has no interest in seeing it. I really have trouble with the idea of Katrina being used as a foundation for a fictional tv series. It seems a bit emblematic of our culture to take the worst man-made disaster in American history and create a mini-series around it. I just can’t be entertained by such a premise. And somehow, anyone other than a genuine Mardi Gras Indians adorning the costume seems a bit profane. But that’s just me. And I don’t watch much tv, so I am not predisposed to making these fictional leaps.

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"Oooom Bow, Don't Know How."

According to my MG Injun insider, Ooom Bow is a big Chief Command to have his gang in a straight line in hierarchial order from Spy Boy to Big Chief to take one knee. I understand that I think what ‘the writers’ were trying to say was “Won’t Bow, don’t know how” I.e. not on that dirty ground. A reference to the Big Chiefs refusal to recognize anybody/anything as being superior to him. But I would have rather had them keep the scene in Injun Dialect than make the compromise to Ohio.

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Great Camera Work

Excellent. For the first salvo I thought they did an excellent job. The thing that I think everybody needs to keep in mind is that this was the pilot, produced almost over a year ago and on a much tighter budget than the rest of the series will be shot. Keeping that in mind the cinematography of the opening scenes and the long tracking shots following the musicians were top-notch. From my own experience I know how difficult it can be try and capture the energy and dynamics of a secondline.

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Davis Rogan?

Having moved back after the hurricane in October, I found this to be a somewhat accurate portrayal. But, to have Davis Rogan, one of the more annoying people in New Orleans, as one of the title characters is horrible. There are so many other local characters that are more deserving of having their stories told. Overall the show was good. It’s going to be hard to have so many story lines and still get to the real pain and yet hope that we all had at the point after the hurricane.

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sunday night

What a show!
i felt like crying for most of the show
having been away for so long i swear i could smell NO

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Fo' True!!!!!

Finally, a show we can be proud of. Well done. First episode a touch on our city, peeps ,cultcha’, music, little plot and John Goodman giving them a F@#$kin mouth full. …
I could understand them fine and clear THAT’S THE PERNT!
This city needs this show the most.. so screw em if they don’t get it.
Let’s go em!!!!

One little detail my group noticed
To the prop dept.: We eat Bunny Bread in Nawlin’s dawlin not Wonder bRead. Ya herd!!!

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Kermit

I thought Kermit was great. I loved that they are using some real local musicians.

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Three months after the storm

Fine introductory episode. Exceptional music. No major qualms with the characters or dialog. They drank copiously and at all hours, which felt realistic.

Hard to believe it being 3 months post-storm. N.O. felt much more desolate and empty then. The circumstances dominated every conversation. There was little sense of the widespread destruction, which is obviously difficult to recreate, but that was the task the show chose to undertake.

Looking forward to the stories developing.

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Good Start---P.S. line of the series--Goodman's daughter--"I hate Baton Rouge, I hate it more than words can say."

What’s interesting about watching this is that our focus is not on finding out what happens in the end, because as New Orleanians, we know how this story goes. Our focus has become “Will ‘they’ get ‘us’ right?”

With all the attempts to capture this city that have fallen short, so far, I am truly heartened by this iteration. I look forward to this series. BTW, did you notice the TP headline Goodman was reading near the end of the show? :) To think they even pondered it. Who Dat.

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Too much + too long = too little.

I felt that the introduction into each of the characters’ lives became a little dull. The creators took on too much for just one episode. To introduce a less known neighborhood in New Orleans to the rest of the country, the average viewer, plus quite a few fairly vague storylines pertaining to each character kind of left me hanging. But, on the otherhand, I will tune in next week to see if the show moves in the right direction. I just wonder if the rest of the country was able to follow.

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I agree on the Green.

I just read a post on the blog top the right “The Back of Town Treme Blog” and I have to agree with something expressed there.

The city was grey, brown and tan for months. Everything was dead until maybe Mardi Gras. I really have no idea how they could have pulled this off shooting 5 years later but I did not realize I noticed it until that blog pointed it out.

Bring Lucas’ folks in and give the footage the Avatar treatment.

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Don't worry, all the crime moved to Houston.

The teaser for next episode gave me some hope for some fun plot lines when the David character explained how all of the crime had been evacuated. I hope they tap into all of the issues: race, crime, living in this city, the joys and the backwards ways we accept sometimes. Over all I was happy with the premier.

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But will the folks in Ohio care?

After watching the 1st episode of the series I was left feeling like I had just watched my street, my town, my people. It was so good there was little I could really find wrong. But . . .

I wonder what folks outside of our experience might think?

Do they need subtitles? Did they scratch their heads at the black man dressed as the Native American? Do they care enough for the show to be a success?

If they develop the characters like the Wire we will see more seasons and it will be a success.

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No cajun accents!

I was excited about the accents and hubigs pies! I can also see how people from outside NOLA would have a hard time understanding what was going on. The only thign I did not care for was badmouthing the Gretna and New Orleans police. I get that is the way people felt and people have said those things, but I did not understand why it was necessary to put in the show. With the current national press spotlighting the bridge shootings right now; was it really smart to bring up the police again?

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Right on!

Thank god I grew up in this town, I imagine outside folks couldn’t understand what was going on in the first scene. When the guy said, “Bruh”, I knew this wasn’t going to be no “cher” filled nightmare of a new orleans movie. I’m very impressed.

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First Impressions

Like every character-driven HBO series, the point is to entertain and enlighten the viewers. I think and hope that New Orleanians can let their guard down a bit with this show. There was little to no heavy-handed cliche tossing, central message, or over-saturated cultural dialog.

Instead, the focus is on the story and character arc with music as the centerpiece. Wonderful job all around in my opinion and I can’t wait until next week.

Favorite scene: Hubig’s Pie ‘drizzle something on it’…

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Plot will continue to thicken I see!

So far I love the plot specifically around the lawyer finding the ladies brother who was not showing up in OPP records, this is true and many got lost in the system.

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Episode One Cultural Correctness on point!

This is absolutely correct. So many scenes portrayed the culture so well I wanted to cry. It just showed how beautiful New Orleans traditions are. The Indian scene was truly touching. It showed the belief and faith in the people of New Orleans.

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Say Bruh

When they first said,“Say Bruh” I knew dialect would be on point. It was a match locals and even the actors had it down!!! I love the way my people talk and its great to finally see something on television that got it right!

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What this Barometer section dedicated to TREME will become.

With each episode of Treme we plan to launch a Barometer page like this one for you to share your thoughts. After the episode has aired and we have had a chance to analyze it, we will then ask a “nola expert” to break it down even further scene by scene.

We hope that out of this we can celebrate what Treme gets right (which we assume will be a great deal) and point out where it might stumble. In both instances helping to share more about New Orleans for the rest of the world.

Thanks.

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After reading the reviews . . .

I just read a few of the reviews listed on the right of the page and have to believe that tonight’s premiere is going to be tear filled and hard to watch in the most wonderful of ways.

I want to kiss David Simon.

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Press

Gathering to Watch Their City’s Star Turn
By Campbell Robertson, New York Times
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Whoa! HBO renews Treme after one episode
The Hollywood Reporter
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Treme // Season 1: Episode 01: Do You Know What it Means // Music
By HBO.com
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HBO’s ‘Treme’ explained: ‘Do You Know What it Means to Miss New Orleans?’
By Dave Walker, The Times-Picayune
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‘Treme’ Weaves A Voodoo Spell, Nails The Spirit Of New Orleans
By Adam Rosenberg of MTV
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The Back Of Town Treme Blog
By some of New Orleans best local voices
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HBO’s ‘Treme’ finally gets New Orleans right
By Dave Walker, The Times-Picayune
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Meet the real New Orleanians who inspired the characters in HBO’s ‘Treme’
By Dave Walker, The Times-Picayune
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David Simon discusses Treme on the Tavis Smiley Show
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David Simon remembers his friend and HBO ‘Treme’ colleague David Mills
By Dave Walker, The Times-Picayune
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‘Treme’ on HBO
Los Angeles Times
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After Katrina, Staying Afloat With Music
New York Times
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‘Treme’ review: The soul of a city
Zap 2 News & Buzz
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Song of Survival
Time Magazine
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‘Treme’ review: Sepinwall on TV
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HBO strikes the right chord with ‘Treme’, a drama about New Orleans life post-Hurricane Katrina
NY Daily News
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Dry eyes, please / Keep it real in Treme
San Antonio Current
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In HBO’s new series ‘Treme,’ John Goodman looks back in anger
Los Angeles Times
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Entertainment Weekly Grades Treme an ‘A’
Entertainment Weekly
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Simon’s new series captures New Orleans moments
Baltimore Sun
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The HBO Auteur
New York Times Magazine