k-ville

Last night C and I watched the new police drama on Fox titled K-ville. It is set in post-Katrina New Orleans and is filmed here.

We both enjoyed the show alot. Some of the minutiae of the film was way off-kilter – for example, I grew up in the upper 9th ward, and I have never seen homes in that neighborhood like the main character Marlin Boulet lives in. And some of the chase scenes were out of location sequence, but that can be dealt with.

But the thing that struck me most was how uncanny the director/producer had their finger on the pulse of what goes through the minds of New Orleanians on a daily basis. The flashbacks that Boulet experienced from the days immediately after the storm. The constant fear and the desire to leave this town, coupled with the fighting spirit to stay and save the city no matter what. The fear in Boulet’s child when the upstairs was intentionally flooded. The “cleansing of the lower 9th ward” mission by the female antagonist echoes what the citizens of the lower 9th ward have been battling since the destruction of their neighborhood. If anything, this show is not afraid to tackle the controversial issues present in today’s Nouvelle Orleans. I think the interaction of Boulet and his new partner Cobb will prove to be a great storyline, especially after the revelation of Cobb’s past in last night’s episode.

C kept commenting, I hope my family is watching this, the family that lives afar and has no clue as to what is going on in New Orleans. After his recent visit to see all the family last month at a mid-west reunion, he was quite saddened that they weren’t better informed about the current state of New Orleans, and the fact that they didn’t seem to care what he has been going through for the past 2+ years rebuilding his life.

K-ville is what it is – entertainment – but for those of us living it here on the mosquito coast it is entertainment that hits a little too close to home

Chris Rose wrote about K-ville in this morning’s paper, check it out.

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~ by maringouin on Tuesday, September 18, 2007.

3 Responses to “k-ville”

  1. “The “cleansing of the lower 9th ward” mission by the female antagonist echoes what the citizens of the lower 9th ward have been battling since the destruction of their neighborhood.”

    I don’t know that there isn’t a more compelling story to be told about this — that it isn’t as simply contrived as K-Ville is presenting the story, but that those fears were stirred in particular by a mayor who’s administration was ready to bulldoze houses filled with memories, and bodies, without vetting a plan with citizens for what would happen next. I hope you’re right that the rest of the nation “gets it.” Your sentiment that they’ve figured out the pulse of New Orleans may be correct. I’m not sure I’m impressed, however, with what to me at least seems to be a shallow surface of mood. The show seems to just scratch the surface before jumping to gunfire, a car explosion, or a car chase. It has bad cop show written all over it. I think viewers can take a little more depth these days.

  2. […] K-Ville “get it”? It’s difficult to disagree with, for example, Swampwoman or Dillyberto’s hopes that the narrative subtext about the difficulty of life in New Orleans […]

  3. I honestly don’t think Fox is capable of any depth in their programming. And the locations and accents leave alot to be desired in k-ville.

    But the monologues by Boulet, by his wife, by the antagonists revealed the sense of pain that permeates this city, this region.

    For that glimpse of insight into the NOLA psyche I can overlook the po-boys in the kitchen, the drinking on the job, the and all the other superficial b/s in the show. Maybe Joe Blow America will listen to those monologues too, and separate them from the gunfights and blown up cars for what they are, pure fluff.

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