What have I been saying about The Newsroom these past 10 weeks? It’s a show that loves it’s cheese. Going for, and mostly, earning those cheesy moments. And despite all appearances of being world weary and cynical I am really a big softie who loves those stupid cheesy moments. Yes, I aww’d when Will proposed to Mac out of the blue and terrible fashion. Or when Sloan signed her name super quick smashed the book into Don’s chest and planted a wet one on him. I’m a sucker for those stupid grand romantic gestures. Also on the list of easy ways to my heart: play Let My Love Open The Door by Pete Townshend. It made Dan in Real Lifewatchable.
OK, maybe a little cynicism here with the whole proposed union of Will McAvoy and MacKenzie Morgan McHale. Is anyone willing to take bets that some utterly batshit TV ass TV reason will cause these two to not get married? Sorkin has done it before! Either way it’s just good that this will finally push the character of Will beyond his depressing narcissism. He has no reasons to self flagellate any more. He has the girl. “Election Night Part 2” tied up all the hanging romantic threads into one big pink/deep red bow. Albeit a little quick but at this point I’ll take it over strained will they won’t they courtship. It also seemed to turn what was the season 1 big romance of Maggie-Jim into a new type of relationship entirely: the platonic friendship. Hopefully, Grace Gummer’s continued skype fueled presence on the show is banking on her and Jim still being a thing come next season.
The overall moral of the executive news team (Will, Mac, Charlie) finding it within themselves to have the actual courage of their convictions and accept their failings was a bit under developed. It’s also a subject matter that Sorkin has gone to in the past. The News team has a crisis of confidence only to realize they are the righteous and everyone out there is simply ignorant. This must sound familiar by now. This is a well worn play for good reason. It has prebuilt dramatic oomf when they inevitably come back around and give a typical Sorkin big speech. Something Jeff Daniels does rather well when he once again explains how he is the perfect moderate “sane” Republican and it’s all the crazy ones that give him a bad name.
If there is one lesson from this season that should carry over it’s the instance of setting The Newsroom during actual broadcasts or keeping everything contextualized within the office itself. It makes all the eccentricities of the characters feel more natural and not so dumb. The back half of season 2 was dominated by real time esque working instead of focusing on one major story and jumping across weeks to follow it. Characters reacted and changed to the story instead of being emotionless automotoms mean only to deliver the (old) news of the week.
Two people who should get pay raises if such a thing were built on performance would be Thomas Sadoski and Olivia Munn. The latter proving to be my favorite overall character last season due to his consistency and the former the one who was surprisingly not bad. The pair had more to do this season with Sadoski fully embracing large sweeping sorkinisims and his own lil speech about our ability to sue one another. Munn has proven to be a solid comedic point for the show thanks to socially awkward deadpan. The character of Sloan is also likely the only female character on the show I think we could agree is competent overall.
Contact high aside The Newsroom is still a show with plenty of well documented flaws and hangups. It’s also a show I still want around.Dexter is utterly berfit of anything that made that show interesting early on. Low Winter Sun is a shambolic attempt at “prestige television”. Revolution is coming back for a second season! The Newsroom still gives me moments of joy and an appreciation of craft the other three do not. So hopefully it comes back for a third season, it seems to have finally found it’s footing.
Umm spoilers Obama won?