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    The Televerse #125- Treme with Dave Walker

    There are still more television premieres to discuss on the podcast, with the midseason debuts continuing this week. First we take a look at the comedies, including the pilot of Looking, then the genre offerings, including the pilot of Black Sails and finale of Sleepy Hollow, and we finish up with the dramas, including the […] More

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    The Televerse #125- Treme with Dave Walker

    There are still more television premieres to discuss on the podcast, with the midseason debuts continuing this week. First we take a look at the comedies, including the pilot of Looking, then the genre offerings, including the pilot of Black Sails and finale of Sleepy Hollow, and we finish up with the dramas, including the […] More

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    Treme, Ep. 4.05, “…To Miss New Orleans” a beautiful, atypically sentimental finale

    Treme finished its four season run this week with “… To Miss New Orleans”, an appropriately reflective and celebratory hour. Unlike last year’s potential series finale, “Tipitina”, this episode focuses on each character’s journey not to a specific place, but forward in their life. Surprisingly, and happily, this episode leaves each character in a good place. Not everyone winds up in New Orleans, but they’ve all made positive motion in their lives and are surrounded by people who understand and support them. Davis has a responsible job he’s good at, but still finds time to still write a new Godzilla vs. MLK single. Antoine may still be fooling around on Mardi Gras, but he’s involved in his sons lives for the first time in the entire series. Terry and Annie leave town, but Terry gets to be with his children and Annie continues to blossom as an artist. Everyone gets a win in some way or another this week and this fond, perhaps overly sunny farewell is more than most viewers will have hoped for. More

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    Treme, Ep. 4.04, “Sunset on Louisianne” ponders legacy and loss

    The reflective tone of last week’s episode is crystallized in “Sunset on Louisianne”, as characters ponder their legacies and impact while Big Chief Lambreaux quietly passes. Viewers expecting a dramatic, emotional goodbye for Albert may be disappointed, but they shouldn’t be surprised. Treme, like The Wire before it, prizes honesty over melodrama and an expected, comparatively peaceful death while sleeping is much more in keeping with this than the tearful goodbyes, waterworks, and last minute revelations of so many other cancer-related deaths on television. Over the past few episodes, Albert has grown increasingly tired and has started to fade. More

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    The Televerse #120- Informed Opinions: Physical Disabilities on Television

    Several shows may be on hiatus, but there’s still plenty of TV to fill the podcast this week. We kick things off with the comedies, including the Psych musical, before moving on to the week’s genre offerings and finishing up with the dramas, including the finales of Homeland and Masters of Sex. Then we welcome back SoS’s Amanda Williams to discuss portrayals of physical disabilities on television in our latest Informed Opinions segment. More

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    Treme, Ep. 4.03, “Dippermouth Blues” starts preparing audiences for the end

    Season four continues along its bittersweet track this week, with everyone holding on for dear life as they say goodbye to 2008 and hello to 2009. Albert’s health is deteriorating, Janette continues to struggle with her new restaurant, and Terry feels the consequences of his season three evidence swap. Antoine reconnects with Jennifer, who’s drifted away from band after the death of Cherise, but he also gets a startling reminder of a certain portion of the population’s thoughts on race and history. At the moment, Treme looks like it’ll be going out not with the triumphant coming together of the season three finale, but a more sober statement on endurance. It may not be as much of an audience-pleaser, but it’s a fitting and honest choice. More

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    The Televerse #120- Informed Opinions: Physical Disabilities on Television

    Several shows may be on hiatus, but there’s still plenty of TV to fill the podcast this week. We kick things off with the comedies, including the Psych musical, before moving on to the week’s genre offerings and finishing up with the dramas, including the finales of Homeland and Masters of Sex. Then we welcome back SoS’s Amanda Williams to discuss portrayals of physical disabilities on television in our latest Informed Opinions segment. More

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    Treme, Ep. 4.02, “This City” bogged down by odd character beats

    Treme is a bit of an odd one this week, with “This City” delivering affecting, heart-breaking news to several of its characters while simultaneously featuring quite a bit of what a non-fan might call filler. That’s a bit too hard of a knock for this reviewer, so let’s just call the episode problematically-paced. We open with Albert, who finds out his cancer is back after he’s been in remission for all of one episode. It’s a strange narrative choice. Why the quick turnaround? In “Tipitina”, the fantastic season three finale, he’s sick and starting chemo. In last week’s season four premiere, he’s in remission, and this week, he’s not only relapsed, he’s decided against continuing his treatment. The constraints of only having five episodes for the final season are clearly showing here and one can’t help wondering why the writers chose to pick up where they did with Albert. It’s a bit frustrating- Treme has always been a show to take its time and savor the details of the small moments that lead to the big ones rather than skipping ahead to the dramatic payoffs. More

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    Treme, Ep. 4.01, “Yes We Can Can” a comforting, entertaining final premiere

    Treme returns this week in glorious fashion, kicking of its final mini-season with “Yes We Can Can”. With more shows being produced with each passing year and a current frustrating sameness to much of this fall’s programming, it’s wonderful to get to spend even a few more weeks in this unique world. From the characters to the music to the cinematography, this is a show that feels like no other and just hearing the theme song makes any fan of the show feel instantly at ease, welcomed back to the colorful, inspiring, and occasionally harsh world of Treme. More

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    The Televerse #118- Freakazoid! with Kyle Anderson

    With Thanksgiving giving some of our favorites an episode off, it’s a lighter TV show list this week on the podcast. First we take a look at some of the comedies, including the pilot of Rick and Morty, and talk The Amazing Race. Then it’s over to the dramas, including the premiere of Treme, before we go to the genre series, including the midseason finale of The Walking Dead, the season one finale of Black Mirror, and the remainder of Les Revenants season one. Afterward, we welcome Kyle Anderson from WTF Are You Watching? and Nerdist.com to the DVD Shelf to help us look at the short-lived cult ’90s animated series Freakazoid!. More

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    The Televerse #118- Freakazoid! with Kyle Anderson

    With Thanksgiving giving some of our favorites an episode off, it’s a lighter TV show list this week on the podcast. First we take a look at some of the comedies, including the pilot of Rick and Morty, and talk The Amazing Race. Then it’s over to the dramas, including the premiere of Treme, before we go to the genre series, including the midseason finale of The Walking Dead, the season one finale of Black Mirror, and the remainder of Les Revenants season one. Afterward, we welcome Kyle Anderson from WTF Are You Watching? and Nerdist.com to the DVD Shelf to help us look at the short-lived cult ’90s animated series Freakazoid!. More

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    First Teaser Trailer for the Final Season of ‘Treme’

    Breaking Bad is not the only great show coming to an end this year. A short teaser trailer for the HBO drama Treme has arrived online. The David Simon-penned drama will return December 1st with a mere five episodes to wrap up its post-Katrina story of New Orleans. For the unfamiliar, Simon is also the […] More

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