“There’s a difference between sin and vice … New Orleans gets it and the rest of the world doesn’t.”
— Lt. Colson
It’s an Open Thread. Do watcha wanna.
There has been a moment in each season of Treme where I felt an extreme disconnect, where disbelief fails to suspend, where some development strains credulity. One little moment that is beyond the pale. In the first season it was Creighton’s suicide. In the second season it was Ladonna’s husband’s about-face to support her bar. And in this season it was the idea that Antoine’s middle school marching band could sound that good by Mardi Gras.
Laos: Glad to see extreme metal as a continuing thread even during Carnival.
So much to say about this week’s episode; a ride on the emotional Zephyr. Sofia on the rocks at St. Anne’s and Delmond dressed (extra feather’s, please), “You finish early, you’re doing it wrong” and “It’s a Mardi Gras F—k…it doesn’t count.”
And then the meeting of the chiefs.
“It won’t go down like this again.” If you weren’t balling like a baby, you’re doing it wrong. It’s impossible not to go back in memory to that transcendent moment from Season One, the chief appearing out of the dark in his yellow suit, the color of Tootie’s last suit, one of the many moments from Season One film students will rewind over and over again for a century to come.
You didn’t need the moment back at the house, Albert bent over and coughing, to know the significance of that moment. It’s been coming as plain as a train at Press Street and St. Claude since his diagnosis.
“It won’t go down like this again.”
If you’re not sure whether to laugh or cry: drink.
Also there was Annie’s moment on the bed in her robe invitation to play at Levon Helm’s Midnight Ramble in his barn in New York. If you’re not familiar with Helm (a founding member of The Band) or the Midnight Ramble lets just say take this quiz.
You are invited to :
A) Play the White House
B) Headline SXSW.
C) Go to Helm’s Midnight Ramble.
The correct answer is C).
This episode stretched the stories and the viewer like a length of boardwalk banana taffee, probably the best this season. Kudos to writers David Simon and Chris Rose. .
So much going on, such a great episode. The biggest surprise was the Davis-Chef tryst, but the best vignette was Cherise realizing for sure, with a look that could kill, that Antoine was never going to play the changes like Bird. I felt sorry for Antoine when he sought reinforcement , and well…”you really want to hear this, Antoine?…”
I could have done without Al Roker in the episode, I see enough of him on The Weather Channel.
Sonny in the recovery meeting…ever see a more uncomfortable guy? The man with eight years was nice to offer encouragement, and yes, two weeks off the stuff is better than a run. Just don’t call Sonny sober. He’s foggy-brained and uncertain right now.
It’s always just awesome to see the Indians. The Big Chiefs are just stunning.
Glad we have Harley back home and in the river. R.I.P.
Minor quibble: Levon Helm lived outside of Woodstock, NY where we was yesterday for breakfast! I like the multiple choice quiz.
Was that not the best AA/NA meeting EVER? Hilarious even as we worry about whether he’ll make it through the day. Mardi Gras Day and folks going to meetings to shore themselves up to get through it, but many of them in full costume. I was laughing and laughing at the bug (?) or whatever costumed guy behind Sonny. Even an AA meeting in New Orleans on that day is going to look different than any other, and really, have you ever even considered that? I hadn’t and I was delighted to see that goofy moment of quirkiness show up. Unexpected and wonderful.
It left me curious to stop by the meeting/club on N. Jeff Davis next Mardi Gras Day, maybe drop off a flat of Krispie Kremes just to see if anything like that goes down.
OK, Mark, you stop by that meeting and bring the Krispie Kremes. (I think I’ll pass). By the way, on last weeks’s post you said you were the only one to believe in Sonny’s possibility of redemption. . . I’m not saying that it is impossible, it’s just that—People after a while quit giving you chances. That’s just the way life is. Sonny needs to get his shit together.
Interesting what Editor B said about moments in the show that are hard to believe or don’t quite fit. Yeah, I didn’t like Creighton’s suicide either, he seemed like he had SO MUCH to live for. And I did know someone who committed suicide after Katrina, but I believe that person was on antidepressants and other meds before the storm, had trouble adjusting to so many changes, and may have gone off his meds too fast. And he did not have all of the support and opportunities that Creighton had. (But didn’t John Goodman have movie commitments or something?)
LaDonna’s husband doesn’t seem quite right for her, anyway. Seems a bit stuffy.
Emeril can’t act, came across like he was in a commercial.
But I enjoyed the show, especially the passing of the Indian traditions to Delmond, and Harley’s sendoff.
Loved the little h/t to Atlanta Demo. Damn good story consultants. 😉
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