The Newsroom: Season 2, Episode 4

Unintended Consequences (4 Aug. 2013)

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October 3, 2011: When Will's interview with Shelly of OWS goes horribly wrong, the Genoa team are at risk of losing a potentially valuable lead. Recounting her trip in Uganda to Rebecca ... See full summary »

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October 3, 2011: When Will's interview with Shelly of OWS goes horribly wrong, the Genoa team are at risk of losing a potentially valuable lead. Recounting her trip in Uganda to Rebecca Halliday, Maggie relives the experience. Jim's frustrations with the Romney campaign continue. Written by Nadia Nassar

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The Newsroom episode #14 is titled "Unintended Consequences." I'm titling the show "Slap-Happy" referring to the characters on screen as well as to how I, as a viewer, feel.

The problem with this show is that it can't make up its mind. What kind of show is it? A serious drama or a sit-com? You can't mix the two without having the viewers feel jerked around. And in this last episode, we see some characters totally changing their character. People don't change their personality from week to week.

We see a totally new Maggie in this episode. Her long blond hair is gone, and she is now a redhead with a spiky pixie cut. Her public meltdowns and scatter-brained proclivities are gone, and she's all no-nonsense steely. Perhaps a trip to Arica and an attack by bandits can do that for a person. (Or maybe Sorkin, the series creator, just got tired of the constant barrage of "Maggie's an idiot" comments in the press, and so he did a character transplant.) On a better show, this incident in Africa where a young child who Maggie befriended is killed as Maggie tries to help him escape from the bandits would be poignant; on this show it just seems out of place.

This is an except from the full review on my blogspot blog: Premium Cable Reviews


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