I love New Orleans. I love New Orleans food. I love New Orleans music. I love Wendell Pierce, who plays the trombonist Antoine Batiste in HBO's series "Treme." It's all about New Orleans and it couldn't be more faithful to food, music, place, accents and rhythms of the Katrina-beleaguered city.
With all that going for it, Treme is still sometimes a slog. It is not "The Wire," the unexcelled series on Baltimore from the same producers. It needs more plot.
My thoughts this morning are prompted by trending Twitter news that Treme has been renewed for a third season on HBO. I'll watch. But I'm afraid, without my parochial passions, I'd find myself like a recent New York reviewer who'd recorded the season's first episodes but just couldn't find the motivation to play them.