Originally Posted by gwsat
That's faint praise but probably accurate. I did manage to watch the first two hours of Show Me a Hero before giving up but never worked up enough enthusiasm for Treme to watch a minute of it.
If you didn't see any of it then why are you so sure it was so "underwhelming" you "lost confidence in his work"...?
I loved 'Treme'. It was terrific. But it was a very different show than 'The Wire'. Simon is no one-trick-pony. He is, however, extremely
smart and has the sort of social conscious that is all too rare these days. His essays are brilliant.
It was filmed on location in New Orleans, the great American city that the authorities let drown during Katrina. It told the story of how the New Orleans we never see -- the "authentic" one where many of the musicians live -- was affected by the various parties that came to its "rescue" in the years following. The plot sort of meandered around, but that was entirely appropriate for the subject matter. New Orleans is a meandering kind of town. You sort of had to be there (watching it as it aired).
And then there was the music. Oh, the music! That was sublime. Those jazz band scenes were all filmed and recorded in those actual hole-in-the-wall clubs, rather than being re-mixed in the studio as is common. The music alone makes a BD purchase of this series a must-have for me (in spite of how beastly expensive HBO box-sets are). Then there were the incredible visuals of the Mardi-Gras parades, the costumes, the scenery.
It was one of those wonderful but overlooked shows that not enough people tried on for size, perhaps being uninterested in the subject matter, the city, or its people.