Oh, and by the way: "I'd love to see an episode dedicated to a supporting character" - I thought there was plenty of "dedication" to Sloan this week, before we had the episode with Neal and his contact in Egypt... And most of all this is a Sorkin show, which always means an ensemble cast (even when it centers around a lead character, in this case Will)! I don't know what show you're watching, but I see a lot of different storylines with different people in every episode.
Wow. Is this supposed to be ironic, sarcastic, or just plain irritating? Giving out five stars now that you've noticed the consistent discrepancy between your ratings and the user ratings, while still slamming the show in the review (except the first few paragraphs to justify the five stars)?
There's not enough room to comment on everything you're wrong about, so I'll have to focus on the thing that stands out: Where in the world do you get that misogyny thing from? I'm a woman, and I find it very interesting that you're so offended by absolutely nothing. Yes, the women on the show do stupid things sometimes, but so do the men. That's life! Believe me, there's nothing even remotely offensive about that.
Overall, if you can't appreciate Sorkins writing, please stop reviewing and find someone more intelligent who does.
John, conservatives do a good job of portraying themselves insensitive bigots on their own anytime they open their mouth and judge gay people and say things like, "I don't want to give my money to black people" and "women should hold an aspirin between their knees in place of birth control." You can't blame liberals for the things that come out of conservative mouths.
The other dumb Maggie moment was where she supposedly is too stupid to know that shooting a gun in the direction of propane tank is dangerous and foolish.
In defense of the "sexism" issue, a majority of the Maggie/Mackenzie blunders were past issues that were being brought up again, with the exception of the "gum in my hair" and the bit about Mack's words of wisdom. The twisting her ankle thing isn't that uncommon in running, especially if you don't stretch before. Were any of Maggie's past mistakes from over a year ago relevant to the story? No. But had it not been for any of that, she wouldn't have been in the episode at all.
Oh hell, every week I know I'm being manipulated but by the end of the episode I have drunk the Kool-aid and totally joined the Will McAvoy fan club. What can I say, Aaron Sorkin's dialog is riveting and thoroughly clever. And for an hour I suspend my disbelief and actually care about network news.
This show sux. It is a tragic comedy. Only a holier-than-thou leftist like Sorkin would think he is doing any good for any community with this show. It simply exhibits the intolerence and arrogance of liberals, infuriates the conservatives who every week are portrayed as insensitive bigots and widens the gap bewteen the two groups. It could be credible if Sorkin skewered both sides equally as both sides are equally wrong.
It was a good episode. When will Will broadcast from the field? When will his show be subject to boycott or risk losing advertisers?
@Mermaid7: President Barlet was anything but the center of The West Wing. Sheen was not even a series regular when that show debuted. The entire premise was the White House employees who worked FOR the President.
There's certainly no way anyone could claim Josh Lyman or CJ Cregg were only defined by their interactions with the President.
BEST show on television! Smart, clever, entertaining! Just as Martin Sheen was the center of West Wing, Will McAvoy IS the heart of The Newsroom. I look forward to this hour every Sunday evening, and it flies by! Sorkin and company are working through some kinks in character development (happened on West Wing as well) but even with the bumps, it is so much better than almost everything else!
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