I creatori di “The wire” hanno scritto una nuova serie TV dedicata al dopo Katrina nel quartiere di Treme a New Orleans (sul set è morto pochi giorni fa il collaboratore alla scrittura David Mills, anche lui già in The Wire). Si chiama Treme, parte domani su HBO, e ha ottime prerecensioni
Clarke Peters (Detective Lester Freamon in “The Wire”) plays a contractor who returns to Treme to rebuild his house but feels an even more urgent need to re-form his group of Mardi Gras Indians, who have a long tradition in New Orleans street rituals. One night, he dresses up in costume and goes looking for one of his old cohorts, and we see him dancing in the dark, in an enormous costume of red and gold feathers. I’d never seen anything like it in a TV show. And yet it didn’t strike me as exotic, since that’s a word I would use to describe something I felt distanced from. But here I felt a strong connection. I think this is what Simon wanted to have happen to viewers, though so far it hasn’t happened to me very often. The characters in the show are ambivalent about outsiders, and if you’re at all sensitive to that you feel intrusive, rude—almost a colonialist—for appreciating what you see and hear in “Treme.” The series virtually prohibits you from loving it, while asking you to value it. In that sense, I suppose, it may be the bravest show that David Simon has ever made.