Treme: "At the Foot of Canal Street" Review Episode 4

This was a great, solid episode that supplied us with both much-needed back story and forward momentum, the first time in which the show really built on existing situations and relationships between the major characters rather than simply introducing new information. The first three episodes cast a line; this episode hooks us, and hopefully the next ones will slowly begin to reel us in, little by little.

If there was a cohesive theme going on this week, it had to have been shadowboxing. Bureaucracy is the big bad wolf that stalks this episode, smiling into camera with the face of George W. Bush and promising resurrection, while all the while city workers are filling potholes with gravel and the majority of the streetlights still don't work. It's difficult to imagine the sheer frustration New Orleanians felt at this point in time, twiddling their thumbs while the rest of the country gawked at their predicament while simultaneously debating whether or not holding Mardi Gras that year would be "worth it."

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