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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.”

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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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Surprise, surprise, the commenters on hated the show.

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.


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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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Holidays on the Gulf Coast Videos

Saints Videos

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What should Ray Nagin talk about on the Daily Show?

Classic Nola TV

Where have all they all gone?


Gathering to Watch Their City’s Star Turn
By Campbell Robertson, New York Times

Whoa! HBO renews Treme after one episode
The Hollywood Reporter

Treme // Season 1: Episode 01: Do You Know What it Means // Music

HBO’s ‘Treme’ explained: ‘Do You Know What it Means to Miss New Orleans?’
By Dave Walker, The Times-Picayune

‘Treme’ Weaves A Voodoo Spell, Nails The Spirit Of New Orleans
By Adam Rosenberg of MTV

The Back Of Town Treme Blog
By some of New Orleans best local voices

HBO’s ‘Treme’ finally gets New Orleans right
By Dave Walker, The Times-Picayune

Meet the real New Orleanians who inspired the characters in HBO’s ‘Treme’
By Dave Walker, The Times-Picayune

David Simon discusses Treme on the Tavis Smiley Show

David Simon remembers his friend and HBO ‘Treme’ colleague David Mills
By Dave Walker, The Times-Picayune

‘Treme’ on HBO
Los Angeles Times

After Katrina, Staying Afloat With Music
New York Times

‘Treme’ review: The soul of a city
Zap 2 News & Buzz

Song of Survival
Time Magazine

‘Treme’ review: Sepinwall on TV

HBO strikes the right chord with ‘Treme’, a drama about New Orleans life post-Hurricane Katrina
NY Daily News

Dry eyes, please / Keep it real in Treme
San Antonio Current

In HBO’s new series ‘Treme,’ John Goodman looks back in anger
Los Angeles Times

Entertainment Weekly Grades Treme an ‘A’
Entertainment Weekly

Simon’s new series captures New Orleans moments
Baltimore Sun

The HBO Auteur
New York Times Magazine