Episode 2: The price of being popular
I am not sure if I liked last episode of The Newsroom. This show has something very peculiar: There are few episodes which actually could be considered overall good or bad. However Aaron Sorkin has the ability of placing certain scenes which keep the show from sinking…Last episode had some few good moments, but were moments that had definitely some depth and showed some vulnerable sides of the characters we care for…I am starting to realise that The Newsroom is a show which I like to watch, but I haven’t quite discover why…Most of the shows I watch respond to my wide range of personal interests, memories, cravings, tastes, sensibilities , frustrations, etc. I’ll continue to give this season a chance …to find out why on earth I am watching this show….For now I just now that I am not watching this show for Maggie..
So lets take a look to what happened with the main story of the season!!
Now we know what Genoa is all about. The new producer has given Mackenzie the exclusive. So the story goes this way: The US used a toxic weapon against civilians, during some military operations in Pakistan. Quite the scandal.. But Mackenzie doesn’t really trust this new producer.. So she wants more! At the end of the episode she gets the confirmation she was hoping for…so things get interesting!
Now lets take a look to other storylines:
My favourite character of the Episode:
We are aware that this man can be a total dick. Last season, he appeared to be simply a very despicable human being. But this season has done something great for Dan, some how it has rehabilitated his character. He no longer has to deal with the annoying Maggi, he is closer to Sloan and he is letting out some of his more human side. I am not going to give all details, I want to avoid to ruin some of the moments of Sunday’s episode. Dan was very passionate and energetic in regards of the case of an african american that was sentenced to the death penalty. There were many intrigues and irregularities surrounding the case. And in the eyes of Dan the man was innocent. He tried to convince Will on bringing some attention to the case, advocating for his innocence…But it didn’t work (we’ll get to that soon). He tries to pull the story with Charlie and Mckenzie but still he failed. At the end of the episode, the man in executed. Dan is not the best man of the show, but now we get to know that eh stands for something even greater than his ego….A turning point for Dan and a moment we have certainly enjoyed…
So we got to see some of Will’s history…there was some footage of his September 11 intervention(back in 2001). He was a rising star back then…. But now Will is in a dark place. He was removed from the September 11th Anniversary and he is very affected by the several websites that express their hatred against him. He is no longer the same. The powerful media man of last season has been overshadowed by his own fears for rejection. And here is a highlight of this episode: in the end individuals that are popular and whose status is based on their celebrity (actors, models, etc), depend on the people’s approval. A dangerous truth. But the question hear is: Should News depend on the public too? Should News be portrayed to satisfy the emotions of the people (even when they are wrong) ? These questions should be taken into account as food for thought.. Poor Will..and it was in that moment of neglect, that Will rejected to help Dan. He no longer wants to commit with real and serious journalism…
I am getting to the conclusion that characters that avoid Maggie or simply are far away from her, have better story lines. Jim is starting to get his shit together. He is meeting new people (a new hot blondie working in the competition), he is getting over Maggie and he has finally got into the Romney bus. I am interested in him again….
At the beggining he was kind of bullyied by the editing room, because his story has not turned to be as important as he thought it would….I mean that happens all the time..But what is valuable from this character is the fact that he is taking chances, he is takings risks and that is worth everything.. I have always believed we should never regret our actions, instead we should regret for the action we didn’t take. Thankfully we know how important are the events he is trying to cover.. Occupy Wall Street. Neal had not much screen time, but still he got arrested in the protest, getting excellent footage. In the end Will takes him out of jail, taking some of his personal frustration out…
And finally Maggie
Liza’s character was very secondary and irrelevant during last season. But on sunday Liza told Maggie, she was full of s*** and how really pathetic she was. It was great, finally someone is putting Maggie in her place. Liza found about the video (despite of Maggie’s efforts) Things were just ridiculous for Maggie during the last episode! So she slept in the office and then she went to find the owner of the Youtube video (where she screams out that she loves Jim). Look that worked in Facebook and with your friends…Sometimes you may appear in photos, looking drunk or ugly (there is nothing to do about that in some cases) and you can ask your pals to take it down.. But with a complete stranger…thats not how things work!! Life have consequences…And Maggie has to realise it..I was so pissed about her telling Jim that she wanted things to be back to normal…There is no way back to normal! Now she is currently single and her two former love interests have better things to do. At the end, Maggie decides to go to Africa, to cover a dangerous story…. Please don’t return.. Mr. Sorkin..kill this character from once and for all…she is irrelevant, pathetic and not credible..No one can be that stupid. There are limits in creating a pitiful character.. The charm is simply not working on me!
Characters that didn’t do much : Charlie and Sloan (she helped Maggie so…for me thats an EPIC Fail)
So what were your thoughts on this week’s episode??