Have you ever been watching a TV show that you really liked yet there was just one character that you really hated with a passion played by an actor who just annoyed you completely and you wished he were not a part of the show? Well imagine if that actor were to bring the same acting style you absolutely loathe to show after show that you enjoy? Would you feel like there was a conspiracy going on to ruin TV for you specifically? Well, if so you would be a paranoid nutcase but never let it be said that I considered myself to be 100% sane because I think Michiel Huisman is out to destroy my enjoyment of TV by constantly popping up on shows I like.
Sonny on TREME
I am a big fan of David Simon. The writer/director is really good at conveying gritty realism and his stuff in collaboration with HBO like THE CORNER and THE WIRE were phenomenal. So when it was announced that Simon would be bringing to HBO a show about New Orleans after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina I was totally psyched. Then to find out it would feature a slew of actors from other Simon shows as well as character actors I was a fan of like William Zahn and John Goodman made me even more eager for the show. And it was pretty good too. Sort of slow going but the performances were absolutely stellar. Then I was introduced to Sonny and got my first glimpse at the talents of Michiel Huisman. Sonny was a a smugly bitter, whiny, insecure, selfish junkie hipster douche (hipster douchebaggery seems to be the main trick in Huisman’s acting wheelhouse by the way) whose only purpose on this show seemed to be to steal time away from much better characters. When it became completely obvious that Sonny was on a redemption arc whether anyone but David Simon cared about seeing it or not I decided to just give up on TREME and never looked back.