Treme 4.03 Review: “Dippermouth Blues”

Never a show to rush into anything, I was hoping the truncated final season ofTreme didn’t sacrifice its wonderfully meandering pace to adopt a more plot-heavy narrative style. “Dippermouth Blues” might be a relatively music-light episode of the show (save for the fantastic sequence in Ladonna’s bar near the end), but it doesn’t spend that extra screen time trying to raise the dramatic meter, a bit of a surprising move with the end hovering so near. Am I complaining? Absolutely not: although it’s another thoroughly dour episode, there’s still a lot of beauty to be found in the many characters of New Orleans, as a city and its people struggle to find hope and self-definition as everything seemingly crumbles around them.



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