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Series finale review: 'Treme' - '...To Miss New Orleans'

HitFix's Alan Sepinwall reviews "...To Miss New Orleans," the series finale of HBO's "Tremé," in which Carnival comes again as we say goodbye to Antoine, LaDonna, Davis and friends.  Read More... //

Review: 'Treme' - 'Sunset in Louisianne'

HitFix's Alan Sepinwall reviews "Sunset in Louisianne," the December 22 episode of HBO's "Tremé," in which Delmond plays Albert a tune, Antoine pulls an all-nighter and Davis faces a milestone birthday.  Read More... //

Treme 4.03 Review: “Dippermouth Blues”

N ever a show to rush into anything, I was hoping the truncated final season of Treme  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. Read More... //

Review: HBO's 'Treme' returns for fourth and final season

HitFix's Alan Sepinwall reviews the final season of HBO's "Tremé," and says that tith a shortened episode order, the New Orleans drama focuses more on the characters than the city.  Read More... //

Season finale review: 'Tremé' - 'Tipitina'

HitFix's Alan Sepinwall reviews "Tipitina," the third season finale of HBO's "Treme," in which a benefit for LaDonna brings most of our cast of characters together. //

Review: HBO's 'Treme' continues to cook in season 3

HitFix's Alan Sepinwall reviews the new season of HBO's "Tremé" and says that the New Orleans drama continues to do what it wants, and very well. //

Karen Dalton-Beninato: Independence Day: Treme Season Finale

The season two finale of HBO's Treme highlights the Jazz Fest reunion season. New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, like Mardi Gras, is when we take stock of who has come home and who's going away, and old friends meet in front of some of the best music in the world. I've been back for almost a year, and seeing Jazz Fest from the inside feels different somehow. Here's my recap - I didn't catch every word watching the finale at Buffa's Bar & Restaurant because it could not have been more crowded if it tried. The Independence Day episode is aptly titled, "Do Whatcha Wanna" for the Rebirth Brass Band song. Read More... //

'Treme' - 'Do Watcha Wanna': Home is where the funk is

"We coming home. All of us. You ain't gonna be who you are otherwise. I see it now." -Larry Larry is a wise, wise man. And that scene, like the Delmond/Albert scene from "Feels Like Rain," captured so much of what makes "Treme" great for all of us misfits who enjoy the musical interludes, who don't mind the lack of plot, and who are willing to be patient and sit through a lot of slow and/or dark moments so that the occasional well-earned ray of sunshine feels extra bright and beautiful.   The show has spent two years detailing Larry's unhappiness with LaDonna keeping one foot in New Orleans and the other (reluctantly) in Baton Rouge, and detailing how the rape crushed her spirit and only emboldened Larry in his determination to get her to leave that wrecked city. So the moment when Larry finally recognizes that this ridiculous place is what his wife needs to be whole did a number on me that was every bit as effective, in its much happier way, as some of the darkest late-season moments on "The Wire" (or even "Treme" season 1). Such a great moment for those characters, and the two actors, and I loved that scene's final shot of LaDonna rushing into Larry's arms just as the elevator doors closed.   Read More... //

Review: 'Treme' closing out terrific second season

Sunday night's 90-minute   "Treme"   season 2 finale (9 p.m., HBO) is the series in a microcosm. There are times where it seems much longer than necessary for the stories that it's telling, but many more where the sense of atmosphere and joy is so great that the length becomes irrelevant. And every now and then, there's a moment that's incredibly powerful precisely because of the show's loose pace, which can seem relaxed to the point of catatonia if you're not invested. Devoted viewers of the New Orleans-based drama have seen a few such moments already this season. For a year and a half, those viewers had watched jazz trumpeter Delmond Lambreaux (Rob Brown) try to find common ground with his stubborn, proud father Albert, a Mardi Gras Indian chief, and in turn they saw Albert refuse to budge even an inch. Then, a few episodes ago, Delmond - who had always scorned his father's traditions - revealed that he had been working on sewing a new piece for Albert's new Indian costume, and Albert responded with guarded praise for his craftsmanship. To someone watching casually, it may not have seemed like much, but to Delmond - and to everyone who'd been watching that relationship play out - it was everything, a little thing that hit like a ton of bricks because it had been traveling for so long to get there.   Read More... //

'Treme' - 'That's What Lovers Do': That's all he wrote

We're down to the penultimate episode of  "Treme" season 2, and I have a review coming up just as soon as I don't speak English...   "I'm worried about you. You're so calm." -Davis "I should be hysterical? Weepy?" -Annie It's funny: because Simon and Overmyer had George Pelecanos come in and do his usual thing a week earlier than normal for this show or "The Wire," initially "That's What Lovers Do" didn't feel like a penultimate episode of a Simon show to me. Forget about the lack of death; the hour initially came across to me like the 6th or 7th episode of a season, one where there was still plenty of time to play out these various stories, rather than a single hour. And yet, the more I thought about the episode, the more it felt of a piece with this project-oriented season. We're one week away from wrapping up for a while, and while I'm sure not everyone's plans will be resolved in the finale, it did seem like many of the projects took significant steps either forwards or backwards this week.   Read More... //