The final season of Treme commenced tonight. It was a mixed bag but some of the characters I *really* hoped would vanish-Sonny, Annie, and Nelson Hidalgo-were still there. Bummer, man. I’d rather spend more quality time with La Donna, Antoine, and Big Chief Lambreaux but what can I say?
The series has charted a course quite similar to the post-federal flood city that it’s set in. The high hopes of season one have given way to the sporadic pleasures of seasons 3 and 4. I’m going to stick it out because there’s still a lot of good stuff going on, and Steve Zahn didn’t yell as much as in past seasons, but the thrill is gone for this viewer.