It is difficult to invent a new rhythm for TV storytelling, yet thatâs what Treme has accomplished as it closed out its first season this week. Treme adapted the roiling rumble of second-line dancing to the pace of an hour-long drama each week. Iâm really glad the series has been renewed for a second season even as I have my reservations about the seasonâs various plots and pace.
Last night, one major event was the follow-up to last weekâs startling conclusion: John Goodmanâs Creighton Bernette committing suicide by drowning. This weekâs extra-long episode, entitled âIâll Fly Away,â dealt with the aftermath of that terrible act. It had been fascinating to watch Goodman and the showâs writers dramatize what itâs like to be a blocked writer, an academic stuck teaching freshman English when he knows he should be tackling that Big Book Heâs Meant To Write.
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