Magazine article U.S. Catholic

Treme: The Complete Second Season

Magazine article U.S. Catholic

Treme: The Complete Second Season

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Created by David Simon (HBO Entertainment, 2012)


David Simon, whose HBO series The Wire was the best cinematic novel ever produced for television, has completed the second chapter of his dark, complex, and engrossing tale about survival and recovery in post-Katrina New Orleans, and it has been worth the wait.

Fourteen months after the wreck that was Hurricane Katrina, a band of musicians, chefs, barkeeps, carpenters, and attorneys struggle to rebuild their lives and homes. However, they must battle bureaucracy, corruption, and violence while fighting the undertow of their own deepening despair.

For Simon, a troubadour of the working class, the only way out of this enervating swamp is work itself. In story after story Simon's cast of characters are either redeemed by the toil of their labor or corrupted and deadened by their inability to find or do any work worth doing. …

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