Average User Score: 7.6Aug 9, 2011This show has a great writing staff, a great cast, and beautiful filming. It seems like an attempt to create a new "The Wire", from theThis show has a great writing staff, a great cast, and beautiful filming. It seems like an attempt to create a new "The Wire", from the creators of that show. It's the same, patient build up of the characters and networks between them. They got the guts not to rush it, which I like in a quality TV drama. But where "The Wire" had excellent portraits of the harsh realities of life in Baltimore through the stories and characters, this one is just one, long glorification of New Orleans. We get it, the city has a unique, vibrant flair, and the music is the heartbeat of the city. But really, you don… Expand
Average User Score: 8.0Jul 15, 2011As always with HBO shows, my expectations were very high. The setting was exiting, so was the cast; with a lot of familiar faces from "TheAs always with HBO shows, my expectations were very high. The setting was exiting, so was the cast; with a lot of familiar faces from "The Wire", possibly the best TV series ever.
The pace of the show is very slow, which is always a high risk. It requires not only patience from the viewer, but also very high quality acting, writing and aesthetics. You cannot hide behind thrill and suspense, to cover other weaknesses. But on the other hand, the ones that have succeeded with this formula, are the best of TV history, in my opinion ("The Wire", "Sopranos", "Six Feet Under").
I was willing to give it some time, as I needed to get into "The Wire" or "Six Feet Under". And I did watch the entire first season, still undecided on whether I liked it or not. Because the show has great, believable portraits of the city of New Orleans, it's unique culture, and how it's people struggle to get their city back on it's feet; but there seemed to something not quite right.
Four episodes into the second season, I've finally had it. Half of the show now, is pretty much live concerts. We got it, New Orleans has a vibrant flair and a great music scene. Give us the stories! You got a show with great actors, and good writers too. The characters have the complexity I'm looking for in a show like this, the stories seem authentic and believable. So why are you wasting our time with never-ending music sessions? As it is now, one might as well watch a travel channel special on New Orleans. I don't need to see endless scenes from bar-room concerts, or marching bands. Give me stories, and the development of them! It's really a pity, because there is enough potential here to make a great series. Maybe the episodes should be cut down to 30-40 minutes?… Expand