New piece up on Overthinking It in my continuing series on Overthinking Treme: comparing Bernette and McAlary’s styles of satire:
The most striking thing about that whole scene isn’t the Krewe refusing to be serious. That fits with their aesthetic. The most striking thing is how seriously they refuse to be serious. The vote is humorless (aside from checking in with Cato) and direct. And if the stated purpose of Krewe du Vieux is to champion artistic expression and individuality, why are they shooting down their sub-krewes ideas with a parliamentary vote? What if the Knights of Mondu decide to make a serious acknowledgment of Katrina anyway? Will they get excommunicated?
I put more thought into this one than usual. Let me know if I’m on to something.