Sunday night was a whirlwind night of TV. All of the talk was about the finales of The Killing and Game of Thrones. These three episodes all aired essentially at the same time. Game of Thrones pleased everyone from 8-9. Then everyone switched to AMC to get disappointed by the finale of The Killing. All the while little Treme was in the background quietly airing a pretty excellent episode that had a bit of a shocking ending in and of itself.
This episode, for the most part, was really fun and exciting. There were a lot of people’s story line really clicking. First off, I was totally into Albert and Delmond’s story. I don’t know a lot about Jazz, so I have no idea if what they’re doing is groundbreaking and original, but it seems absolutely genius. And if reality is truly perception, then I’m guessing that other people are feeling that this is pretty genius too.
Also, it’s a real joy to watch Wendell Pierce play Antoine Batiste. Every scene he does grabs my attention. Whether it’s him teaching students or busting the balls of his band mates, he’s excellent. I thought it was a brilliant little bit when he stole the crowd from Kermit only to lose the crowd back to him. He’s got balls, but they’re not the biggest in New Orleans yet.
I haven’t been too engrossed with Toni and Sofia B Real’s story line up until this point, but during this episode I found it tolerable. Maybe that’s because Sofia seemed like a real person this episode. She got a heavy dose of reality from both her lawyer and the councilman. Toni also turned into more of a real person when she finally had to tell Colson that she couldn’t quite handle getting into another relationship so soon.
Everything was all well and good until the final scene. Earlier in the episode when Harley Wyatt was playing alongside the Irishman with the pocket flute I wrote in my notes, “ Steve Earle as Harley Watt has been a real pleasant surprise.” His musical interludes all throughout the season had been very enjoyable. He was Annie’s mentor and tried to get her her songwriting sea legs. He was the ultimate in being humanistic. And ultimately, it was his undoing. He, so stupidly, told his assailant, “You’re making a big mistake, son.” Natrually the mugger with the gun felt empowered, came back and said, “I’m not your son,” and shot him right in the face.
I learned that the writer of this episode ***SPOILER ALERT FOR THE WIRE*** also wrote the episodes where Snoop, Bodie, Wallace, and Stringer Bell were all gunned down. There is such a brilliance to the way he writes these scenes. The killing always is a climax, but it sets in motion so many other events. Annie’s story has kind of been falling flat a little this season and it will be very nice to see where this takes her. Will it shut her down? Will she become inspired? Will Davis be a great and supporting boyfriend? Will Sonny be in the mix? How will this rally the local musicians? So many great things are sure to come from this.