One restraint on police brutality, which I talk about in New New Media, is the ubiquity of camera phone videos and their easy upload to YouTube. Whether criminal or out-of-control cop, it's getting increasingly harder to break the law in private. I didn't see any cameras around when Antoine was beaten, but it was good to see Creighton watching a video his daughter made in Baton Rouge put on YouTube. It's the end of 2006 - YouTube is bursting on to the scene. (I put my first videos up there in July 2006.)
Sonny and Annie have a strong sweet-and-sour story tonight, too. It's Annie's birthday. Sonny gets money to buy her a fine bottle of wine to celebrate. But real-life New Orleans pianist Tim McDermott swoops in to get Annie to play her violin at an upscale gig with him. Sonny's welcome to tag along as a guest - keyboard, after all, is "already covered" - and Sonny's left drinking the wine at a table by himself.
Antoine also sings a great song, out in the street, with Sonny and Annie playing, right before his run-in with the cops. Sounded to me like Wendell Pierce was singing, and it sure was good. Throw in a little Dr. John music - on record and in a recording session in New York - and Davis and Janette taking each other's clothes off again, and you have a third straight fine episode of Treme.
See also Treme! ... Treme 1.2: "If you ain't been to heaven"
5-min podcast review of Treme
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