December 22, 2013 at 8:02 am #308121
I really dropped the ball on this one, so apologies in advance. HBO has done no promotion for this final abbreviated season at all, and it’s been showing them all this month very quietly on Sunday nights. I’ll try to catch up with these episodes once they’re marathoned, but if anyone’s been watching them regularly in sequence so far, please feel free to chime in on your thoughts so far on the final batch of episodes and the series in general.December 22, 2013 at 9:45 pm #308123
It’s been pretty gold. With the abbreviated season when they wanted a full one, it seems they’ve prioritized and cut out some of the extraneous stuff, like the extended cameos from locals that were always a weaker part of the show. Like last year, Clarke Peters has been the MVP throughout. Tonight’s was particularly heartbreaking. Finale next week.December 22, 2013 at 10:01 pm #308124
I wonder if this will go the way of “The Big C”‘s final season at the Emmys. But given how much of a titan HBO is over there, the work they have line up for that category, and the way they treated this show, it’ll probably still end up being a non-factor (minus Melissa Leo, but that is probaly reaching).December 23, 2013 at 5:55 am #308125
“I really dropped the ball on this one [Treme], so apologies in advance. HBO has
done no promotion for this final abbreviated season at all, and it’s
been showing them all this month very quietly on Sunday nights.”
I haven’t watched the new season at all. Other programming. Not only that—I have been distracted enough to a point of forgetting it being on the schedule. I think HBO should have stayed with a consistent scheduled timeline for airing seasons of Treme. It premiered in April 2010. The second season came back in April 2011. But the third season premiered, if I recall accurately, in October 2012. And now this fourth and final season debuted in December 2013. (For me, personally, I preferred Treme airing in April and May.)
HBO wasn’t terribly invested. The Emmys disregarded the show (except for a best-directing nod for the series’ highly spirited pilot). And it’s been treated like some remote art-house flick (for television). And this has played despite the fact that one of the cast’s lead players, Melissa Leo, won the 2010 Academy Award for best supporting actress. (It doesn’t happen often that a TV-series regular wins an Oscar while still on a given series.)
If I can find the time, especially through On Demand, I’ll catch up to this last season of Treme. (It deserved lots better.)December 23, 2013 at 12:10 pm #308126
I have been watching and it has remained consistantly good. The thing that seems to have prevented this show from ever being great is that while stylistically it is similar to The Wire (considered by many to be the greatest drama ever, myself included) in tone and atmosphere, the show never really felt as though it had a point. Yes, it was about the city of New Orleans as was The Wire about the city of Baltimore. But The Wire was about so much more than that and had a central plot that ran down the center of everything going on. Treme seems to be missing that and so what happens is it amounts to a bunch of short story feeling threads that should be isolated from the show that are broken up over 4 seasons. It’s still very enjoyable but other than being a sort of song to the city of New Orleans, it just a random array fo characters that occasionally bounce off of each other with little more than that to come from it. I am curious to see what David Simon will do next.December 23, 2013 at 7:28 pm #308127
I don’t really think it’s the lack of a central plot or lack of traditional action or tension that held this show back from greatness. I understood what they were attempting, and it had the potential of being great on its own terms. The finger wagging/audience shaming frequently undercut the series. Being so music heavy didn’t help. And if you’re a drama that’s gonna be so dependent on small character stories you need more than just half of your ensemble of characters to be interesting. It’s remained a worth watching, idiosyncratic series throughout its run however.
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