During one of my college screenwriting classes, one guest lecturer told us how much he hated it when writers said of their works, “The setting is a character,” and he hoped none of us would ever do that. While I agree that “The setting is a character” can often sound like an eye-roll-inducing cliche, I certainly don’t think that storytellers should never think of their settings as characters.
New Orleans is one of my favorite cities and favorite characters in the history of the world, and now that I finally subscribe to HBO, I’ve finally started watching Treme. By the time the opening credits started rolling after the first episode’s first scene, I knew I’d found a new favorite. If you have any affinity whatsoever toward New Orleans, I think you need to watch it too, if you aren’t already.
Aside from being the next best thing to actually visiting New Orleans, Treme offers another nice pleasure. See, before now, I thought I was just plain sick of watching Steve Zahn play Steve Zahn. But, it turns out, I guess I was just sick of watching Steve Zahn play poorly-written Steve Zahn characters. On Treme, dude’s making me laugh out loud again.