Will's professional idealism is put to the test with his new news team when they are first to cover the Deep Horizon platform oil spill.Will's professional idealism is put to the test with his new news team when they are first to cover the Deep Horizon platform oil spill.Will's professional idealism is put to the test with his new news team when they are first to cover the Deep Horizon platform oil spill.
As for Sorkin, we liked The American President and A Few Good Men, thought Sports Night was okay, loved The West Wing, and also enjoyed Studio 60. (Studio 60 would have been much better and lasted at least three seasons if a few things had been different: better and more realistic casting for Jordan or, at a minimum, not forcing the pregnancy into the show; hiring more real comedy writers to put together the show-within-the-show scenes; less focus on Harriett and Matt. However, the relationship portrayed by Bradley Whitford and Matthew Perry was outstanding. And the opening "rant" done by Judd Hirsch was great.)
So we approached The Newsroom knowing we'd at least like it. One of the things that made it so good and off to a wonderful start was how complete everything was. The set, the supporting characters, the extras, and the complexity. Even things like Olivia Munn standing in the secondary "studio" doing Sloan's "market wrap up" while this episode went on around her. The episode would have been fine without that detail and depth, but there she was doing her part. That's something common to most Sorkin shows: Having actors not actually "in" a scene on set and performing in the background. Look at the scenes where you see the wall of screens in the control room where the peripheral news, videos, etc. are accurate to the time frame. In fact, Olivia Munn technically shouldn't be listed as "credit only" for this episode.
Anyway, this is certainly something we could use now to remind us of our responsibilities as citizens. It's simply fantastic.
- Apr 28, 2017