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The Newsroom “Red Team III” Review (2×07)

27 Aug

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The Newsroom is a show that, in the first season, I simultaneously loved and hated. It was just so absurdly bad that I couldn’t help but feel entertained. However, I must admit, Red Team III is the first episode of the show I unequivocally love. Season 2 has rescued a sinking ship, and this episode is the best of the series.

Why is that? Well, first of all, there are actual stakes. There is actual tension. There is actual character development, and it doesn’t feel contrived. There are certainly plot contrivances, but I’ll get to that later. What this episode does so well is bring every character together as a team, which is something the show should’ve done right off the bat. Each character shares the guilt, the blame, and the repercussions from the Genoa mess, which, by the way, is the best storyline this show has produced. It’s a more unifying, serial storyline that allows for more investment in the show. Anyway, the actors do great work in this episode portraying a group of people steadily spiraling down as things keep piling up and piling up. The shouting match in the conference room is a thing of beauty.

The episode is structured around several deposition scenes, something Sorkin likes to incorporate into his writing. He’s always great at doing that, and this episode is no exception. These scenes are just as riveting as the main plot, and it’s a nice back and forth that he has going, both in terms of the dialogue in these scenes and the cuts between deposition-main plot.

Now, as for the plot contrivances, I was annoyed at the whole shot clock fiasco at first, but I’ve come to realize that it doesn’t take too much away from the plot. It just barely works, and it paves the way for a great scene in the elevator between Mac and Jerry. One scene I really don’t like, though, is that whole parking garage meeting. It feels shoehorned in in a way that scenes in previous, worse episodes have been guilty of. Finally, I also have a few problems with the final scene. The whole resignation non-acceptance stuff is a bit too easy, and while I did love the smash cut to black, it didn’t work for me as a whole.

Ultimately, though, this is a fantastic episode of The Newsroom, and I’m looking forward to the final two.

Grade: A-

Other thoughts:

-Jane Fonda is a delight. The whole Daniel Craig discussion was hilarious.

-Man, I hate Jerry Dantana. I know it’s kind of the point, but man, is he unlikeable or what?

-I get that the crew feels a bit shell shocked after the whole screw up, but the implication that they would have done Benghazi “right” if they weren’t focused on Genoa? Yeah, no.

-Once again, we have Sorkin and his “women in need of some (insert topic) advice” with Mac (insert “sports”). However, I felt that he handled her character better as the episode went on, and in this season in general. It wasn’t too much of a problem here.

Credit to HBO and The Newsroom for all pictures. I own nothing.

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Hello, I’m a polar bear.

23 Aug

Welcome to this blog. There are millions of other blogs out there, but you chose to look at mine. No, you did not just randomly come across it; you chose it. I will accept nothing less.

As for what we do here, I think the title’s pretty explanatory. I’m a polar bear, and yes, I do watch TV. I am obsessed with various forms of pop culture, in particular television and film, so I started this to get my thoughts down in writing. I am a member of the fabulous online community of The AV Club (which all of you should check out), and I wanted to do something similar to that.

What will we review? Lots of stuff. Our TV reviews will include American Horror Story, Dexter, Breaking Bad, The Bridge, The Americans, Wilfred, Louie, Justified, Parks and Recreation, Community, Sons of Anarchy, Hannibal, Orange is the New Black, Boardwalk Empire, Homeland, Treme, Mad Men, Game of Thrones, Archer, New Girl, Parenthood, Orphan Black, Person of Interest, The Walking Dead, Childrens Hospital, NTSF:SD:SUV::, Girls, Nikita, Strike Back, Veep, Banshee, The Vampire Diaries, How I Met Your Mother, Arrow, Revenge, Scandal, The Newsroom, Raising Hope, and others I can’t think of right now. Only some of these will have regular coverage, but I’ll try to get in some posts about all of them. I will also be reviewing new pilots, and may decide to pick up some more shows.

Our TV Classic reviews may include shows like The Shield, The Wire, The Sopranos, Deadwood, Friday Night Lights, House, 24, Lost, Chuck, Terriers, Arrested Development, The West Wing, Fringe, Boston Legal, and others.

*I apologize, but many of these shows’ reviews will start in the middle of their seasons, as I am just starting to write. However, I will try to give some thoughts on the episodes before.

Our film reviews will include whatever movies I decide to watch at home or in the theater, and can be new releases or old.

I might also post some random stuff; fan fiction, thoughts on entertainment news, etc.

Enjoy.

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