Season 1 Episode 1

Do You Know What It Means

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Apr 11, 2010 on HBO
out of 10
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Episode Summary

The season premiere introduces us to the characters in New Orleans, three months after Hurricane Katrina.

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  • I gotta say: David Simon and HBO got balls!

    You have to start with Simon: here's a guy that's really threatening to bump Sorkin off the top TV director dog role; after perfection that was The Wire, he takes two of the best from the show (as Sorkin does with his crowd) and puts them in another city worth explorin': New Orleans. Now here's the kicker: where The Wire had the sexy going on with the shootings and the drugs and the players - Treme has NONE of that. All it has is the songs and the colours and the people. I won't try to put it in some kind of perspective yet, it's too early. What we have so far is this: a heavyweight cast that can out-perform anybody (Goodman was GOLD), a setting promising a lot of pain and tears and conflict - and the music, lots of old, black music.

    I have NO idea how HBO is going to sell this; I have no idea if it can find its core audience or die trying, but I have a feeling it will be see-it-when-you-close-your-eyes memorable. Let's see where the dirty street leads us...moreless
  • Do You Know What It Means

    I looked at the clock and saw that it was nearly 11:00 PM and assumed my prison sentence was over. Then I found out that the pilot was 1 and 1/2 hours long. Just my luck.

    Look, I really wanted to like this show. I really did. It's a David Simon project. Khandi Alexander, Steve Zahn and John Goodman are involved. On paper it seemed great.

    But it wasn't. There was too much "artistic" directing, showcasing the lifestyle of New Orleans, and not enough real drama. The storylines were overshadowed by about 1000 images of trombones and rusty fences; not that the storylines were particularly great to begin with.

    The viewer was not given a reason why they should watch this. Tell us why Treme is special, and why this show could not have just been set in any random urban neighborhood in the country. Give us an idea of where the show is heading.

    No, Treme did none of that. I understand that this was just one episode, but this was downright awful.moreless
  • This is not Baltimore, this is N'awlins!

    For those who have ventured down to The Big Easy know that this pilot captured the essence of the city. The music was awesome, and the cast absolutely shined. David Simon at times is hard to follow, but this is what made The Wire what it is today. I loved comparing shows reviewed on this site with others and I am starting to see the difference in opinion. Certain shows that give of a quick fix are often rated higher than those that actually need your attention to grasp the understanding. Steve Zahn, and Wendell Pierce stood out in this one. I love the dialogue between Pierce and the taxi drivers, and I loved everything with seems like he will be the main guy in this one. The city was filmed perfect and when Kermit was cooking that BBQ I was ready to make way to the dirty south!moreless
John Goodman

John Goodman

Creighton Bernette

Melissa Leo (I)

Melissa Leo (I)

Toni Bernette

Rob Brown

Rob Brown

Delmond Lambreaux

Kim Dickens

Kim Dickens

Janette Desautel

Steve Zahn

Steve Zahn

Davis McAlary

Khandi Alexander

Khandi Alexander

LaDonna Batiste-Williams

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • The episode featured clips of two rap songs by New Orleans native Mystikal: "Bouncin' Back (Bumpin' Me Against The Wall)" and "Shake ya Ass".

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Creighton: (to NPR on the phone) ...well that's because the media, in all due respect to your program—but you are one of the worst offenders—likes a simple narrative that they and their listeners can get their tiny brains around.

    • (Kermit Ruffins & The Barbeque Swingers are playing)
      Davis McAlary: (to Elvis Costello) Yeah... yeah, early on... Kermit, me played in the same band... I played guitar... an' a little piano... I taught him everything he knows...
      (Elvis, surprised by the last statement, turns to look Davis in the eye)
      Davis: ...'bout... Keynesian economics.

    • Reporter: For the sake of argument, let's say New Orleans was, once, a great city...
      Creighton: Are you saying that New Orleans is not a great city, a city that lives in the imagination of the world?
      Reporter: I suppose if you're a fan of the music, which has rather seen it's day, let's be honest. Or the food, a provincial cuisine which many would say is typically American: too fat; too rich. And, yes of course, New Orleans has its advocates, but what about the rest of the country?
      (Creighton clears throat, nods, clears throat, looks off in the distance)
      Creighton: Provincial, passé, hate the food, hate the music, hate the city. What the fuck are you doin' down here you fuckin' limey vulture motherfucker?
      (Creighton swipes the mic from the reporter; throws it in the river)
      (Creighton starts trying to wrest the camera from the cameraman)
      Reporter: Really, mister, you can't just...
      Creighton: C'mon goddamnit!
      Sofia Bernette (to herself, smiling): You go, daddy.
      (Creighton, still wresting the camera, moves toward the river pulling camera, cameraman and reporter with him)
      Creighton: Into the river!
      Reporter: This just is most uncivilized, man...
      Creighton: I'm just gonna take it for a little swim.

  • NOTES (2)