Treme: The Complete Third Season

| November 19, 2013

The third season of Treme ends with many questions that make for an interesting fourth and final season. I love this HBO series that is centered in post-Hurricane Katrina New Orleans.

All the main players during the third season seem to be right in reach of their dreams, turning new leaves and with eyes bright and wide for the future.

I just love David Simon’s look at the Big Easy, and Treme: The Complete Third Season takes the viewer deeper into the mouthwatering southern cooking, at the helm of Janette Desautel and Desautel’s on the Avenue, and toe-tapping tunes that define the series.

For the people of New Orleans, even the promises of redevelopment come with strings attached, and every dollar that shows up—whether from government disaster relief, or from venture capital, or even from those seeking to remake New Orleans in the wake of Katrina—carries with it new dynamics and new risks.

National interest has waned, moving on to the next headline, but those who know and love the Crescent City have no choice. They must find their way back to what matters in the life of their city. However, little of what they can bring to bear yields a quick result, and nothing about New Orleans—its government, its police department and courtroom, its school system—works as it should. Nothing is easy in the Big Easy.

The ensemble cast of Treme includes: Wendell Pierce as Antoine Batiste; Khandi Alexander as LaDonna Batiste-Williams; Clarke Peters as Albert Lambreaux; Rob Brown as Delmond Lambreaux; Steve Zahn as Davis McAlary; Kim Dickens as Janette Desautel; Oscar® winner Melissa Leo as Toni Bernette; Lucia Micarelli as Annie Tee; Michiel Huisman as Sonny; David Morse as Terry Colson; Jon Seda as Nelson Hidalgo; India Ennenga as Sofia Bernette; and new cast member Chris Coy as L.P. Everett.

I really take to heart the situation in which LaDonna, who owns GiGi’s Bar, has found herself. She has been attacked and violated but can’t find any quick recourse in the courts. She is having a nice, casual relationship with Albert “The Chief” Lambreaux, even though nothing physical has occurred. But I suspect in the final season, there may be some sparks flying. She is committed to her bar, and was less committed to staying with her snooty brother-in-law and his wife. But she is faced with grim realities.

Antoine is finally growing into his position as the band instructor at the local school, even taking notice of some of his students’ problems. But he is still a hound dog at heart and shouldn’t be trusted to travel too far away from Treme, lest he finds a new nest in which to settle.

Poor Janette has returned home to open an upscale restaurant bearing her name; but she isn’t too happy, yet, with the initial outcomes.

Even the crooked New Orleans Police Department will have to withstand some scrutiny into cases long ago washed under the rug, thanks to L.P. Everett.

Annie Tee is leaving Davis well behind, as he becomes disenchanted and  “quits” the music business and she completes a new album. And speaking of music, the music for Treme is just great. It is hard sometimes keeping up with the guest stars, as they keep the pulsating music of New Orleans alive, week after week.

From creators executive producers David Simon and Eric Overmyer (HBO’s The Wire®), the show was a New York Magazine “Top 10” pick for 2012.  Releasing November 19, 2013, Treme: The Complete Third Season on Blu-ray ($49.99), DVD ($39.99) and Digital Download is packed with stimulating special features that help bring to life the art, music, food and culture of one of America’s most resilient cities.

The joy of owning Treme: The Complete Third Season is that you can have a marathon, right in time for the holidays. Afterward, you can sit back and welcome the last season and see just how Simon ties everything up on Sunday, December 1, on HBO.

Season 3 features live performances and cameos from notable New Orleans legends including The Neville Brothers, Fats Domino, Tab Benoit, Dr. Michael White, The Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Sonny Landreth, The Red Stick Ramblers, Monk Boudreaux, James “Sugarboy” Crawford and Davell Crawford, Kermit Ruffins, John Boutte, The Hot 8 Brass Band, Anders Osborne, Tom McDermott, Marcia Ball, Meschiya Lake, Ivan Neville, Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews, Glen David Andrews, Donald Harrison, Jr. and The Valparaiso Men’s Chorus, among others.

Blu-ray Special Features (along with all DVD features):

Down in the Treme: A Look at the Music and Culture of New Orleans: Learn more about New Orleans’ unique culture including its music, cuisine, landmarks, and more with this in-episode viewing mode.

DVD Special Features:

Three “Behind Treme” featurettes: Chef Dinner, David Simon & Neville Brothers.

The Music of Treme – provides song & artist info.

Music commentaries on all ten episodes with WBGO’s Josh Jackson and NPR Music’s Patrick Jarenwattananon.

Audio Commentaries – five commentaries from creator/executive producer David Simon, executive producer  Nina Kostroff Noble, supervising producer/director Anthony Hemingway, director Tim Robbins, writers Anthony Bourdain, Eric Overmyer, and George Pelecanos, music supervisor Blake Leyh, and cast members Khandi Alexander, Rob Brown, Clarke Peters, and Wendell Pierce.

Episode previews and recaps.

About the Author:

Elaine Hegwood Bowen, M.S.J., is an editor, writer and film critic in Chicago. She is the author of "Old School Adventures from Englewood--South Side of Chicago" and the proud parent of "the smart rapper"--chemist-turned-rapper, turned humanitarian...Psalm One!
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