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The Newsroom Review: To Rise Again

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The Newsroom season finale brought many of its story lines full circle, while others simply felt like they'd been running in circles all along, which is why I found "The Greater Fool" both entertaining and frustrating. 

Will's depression and pill popping finally caught up with him in a way that no stalker has had the opportunity to thus far.  When, not surprisingly, Mac's ex-boyfriend skewered Will in The New Yorker, he took it hard, ending up in the hospital and contemplating checking out of the newscasts. All of which finally had him asking MacKenzie about his message to her the night he was high.

The Newsroom Season Finale Scene

The funny part was that I'd forgotten all about that message. Sometimes The Newsroom throws so much at us in an episode that the some of the relationship details don't seem so important. That is, until Will"s grilling Mac about why she never responded.

But fans of the estranged couple were once again left disappointed. Once Will realized that Mac had never heard the infamous message, he backtracked and refused to relay it to her. Does he have to be high to tell her he still cares about her? Will he ever get over her betrayal? These two seem to have found a professional trust over the season, but we'll have to wait and see if their will ever again be a romance in their future.

The show's other relationship merry-go-round left me dizzy. Sloan told Don she had feelings for him but he ignored that and asked Maggie to move in with him instead. Maggie admitted she had feelings for Jim, which climaxed in the two star crossed non-lovers sharing a kiss but then she said yes to Don. Jim then lied to Lisa to keep from being alone. 

Wow. That was one wild ride that dropped us off almost back where we began... with Jim and Maggie still pining for one another but choosing to be with someone else.

And I'm still left wondering if Don really wants Maggie or does he only want her because he knows there's competition? I believe Sloan's right. He likes her but he doesn't love her and he's forcing this because he thinks it's the right thing to do.

I used to root for Jim and Maggie but I've grown tired of going in circles. Even though all of these characters, even Maggie, have grown on me throughout the season, I'm tired of watching them end up back in the same place.

The one highpoint in all of this was Maggie ranting at the Sex and the City bus at the inanity of Carrie Bradshaw making the money she did to buy her Manolo Blahniks while writing a column for a no-name paper. That always bugged me too.

Back in the newsroom, Solomon's suicide was sad, especially since at least part of the reason he did it was that he thought Charlie wouldn't use his information. 

I did wish the meeting with Leona felt a little more climatic. I never really felt that Will was going to be fired and I really wanted to see smarmy Reese go down in flames. In the end, he didn't even get a slap on the wrist. But I do wonder if this story is over.  Nina may have deleted that file but she didn't securely delete it. It could easily pop up again in the future.

Over at the anchor desk, Will's newscasts - or shall we call them monologues? - left me a little disconcerted. I'm game for using the quotes of politicians as fodder for entertainment, especially since so much of what is said is worthy of a good eye roll, but I'd be happier if Aaron Sorkin balanced it out a little more. 

Using Will as the Republican to bash Republican's makes me feel like I'm getting hit over the head with Sorkin's soap box every week. Can't we look for some of the ridiculousness on the other side of the aisle every now and again, just for the fun of it?

After 10 episodes of The Newsroom, I'm a definitely fan. I've been frustrated by some of the characters and although the political slant is often over the top and the revisionist newscast history can be questionable, I've still found it highly entertaining.  Sorkin has taken me on a roller coaster ride this season and now that it's done, I'll admit that despite the highs and lows, I'm ready to buy a ticket to ride it again next summer.

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Great show, but it definitely has room for improvement. The whole Jim/Maggie/Don love triangle is making me sick. I honestly don't understand what Don and Jim see in Maggie. She's somewhat attractive but very plain, and her personality is extremely irritating. After Sloan told Don that she was attracted to him I'm baffled that his next move wasn't to immediately call Maggie breaking up with her. He had to have been on more drugs than Will to choose her over Sloan.

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I loved the scene in the West Village with the SITC bus. I love seeing glimpses of NYC. Despite what tv executives might fear the rest of the country and the world (me!) would love to live there if only we were more talented/beautiful/richer. In the meantime we can watch an Aaron Sorkin drama with better people than we are, in the best place on earth.

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(continued)...specific excerpts of their REAL speeches (keep in mind!) wrong? And all this is prior to the elections, taking republicans one by one in a made up show and tearing them to shreds. After this, let me tell you, I am going to vote (which I have not done before due to my laziness and lack of interest in any of them). But I am voting for the republicans. Taking your opponents this way is low and I do not support this.
Yet, the show is fast, fun to watch, smart and assertive. If you are an intelligent person and see the propaganda behind the show, it is even amusing. Social scenes, behavior based scenes are often seem to be devised by a social handicap, a person who is far from reality (a hospital scene or Maggie and the bus, for example).
Anyway, I am waiting for the second season.

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I like the speed with which the show is going, it's never boring. Thou I have to say that it is full of pro-liberal propaganda, both blatant and subtle. I have no affiliation with any of the parties, but even for me the agenda is obvious all through the show, episode after episode.
But we are commenting about the finale now, so I will stick to it.
How intelligent one has to be to buy this b/s about "only 86 people" fraudulently voting at elections. Remember when McAvoy states the case of Dorothy Cooper who does not have a government issued photo ID and wants to vote, but can't due to the law requiring to appear with photo IDs?
Mr. Sorkin, and what about those people who did not get caught? Do you know those 86 people were both caught and prosecuted? Do you know any democratic country that does not require a government issued ID to allow voting?
What about taking phrases by republicans out of context and beating the dead horse trying to prove specific excerpts of their real speeches (keep in mind!) wrong? And all this is prior to the elections, taking republicans one by one in a made up show and tearing them to shreds. After this, let me tell you, I am going to vote (which I have not done before due to my laziness and lack of interest in any of them). But I am voting for the republicans. Taking your opponents this way is low and I do not support this.
Yet, the show is fast, fun to watch, smart and assertive. If you are an intelligent person and see the propaganda behind the show, it is even amusing. Social scenes, behavior based scenes are often seem to be devised by a social handicap, a person who is far from reality (a hospital scene or Maggie and the bus, for example).
Anyway, I am waiting for the second season.

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Have I missed a scene? Did we ever actually see Will leave the voicemail? I don't remember it...so confused about how you can have forgotten it about it. Does anyone know if there are slightly different versions for the US and then other countries?

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Love the show..Hated the hospital scene ... would MacKenzie, a TV producer really act so childish...waving her arms through the air, going on and on about the voicemail...needs to be a stronger character...Would Will really be in love with an air head.She ended much to weak.Hope there is going to be an improvement with her. Also the three way relationship between Maggie and her boys is getting OLD. Loved the bus scene, so true.

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How much of the superpac money is behind this show?

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I have to wonder if the people commenting here are watching the same show that I am. First of all, Will never attacks the Republican party. He attacks the Tea Party, who are radical fundamentalists. Secondly, of course the show is liberal. It's Sorkin. This show certainly has its flaws, not the least of which are the interoffice romance dramas and the occasional out of place slapstick, but it's those moments when what they are saying about America hits home and actually makes me want to BE an American. This show has been enough to give me hope that one day I'll be able to say that I'm an American and not be ASHAMED. So, certainly, there's room for improvement and that's probably why they replaced half of their writing show for next season, but I'll definitely be watching and I hope others will too because we need some voice of reason on TV. I wish someone in the real media would take a stand like this; that would be a beam of light. But until then, I'll get my news a year behind schedule and via The Newsroom.

Maram mahmoud

I really like the finale, although I am frustrated from the ending, sucker for happy endings but it ended STRONG.
@wolfshades: I enjoy ur comments on this series

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I saw the first episode and thought it was going to be a good show. It didn't take long to know the writers are a bunch of liberals who support that ding dong Obama! For a show that emphasises reporting the truth in news it is waaay off. Trying to make this show represent a news organization whos sole purpose is to report the truth then bash the Republicans only shows how ignorant the writer is! Typical Hollywood! Have to try and make the Republican news reporter ashamed to be a registered Republican who is ashamed of his party. Funny thing is the liberal Dems tried that and got caught. The turned Republican in their ad was and has beed a registered Democrat! Busted again liberal wackos! Take a look at real politics instead of trying to make Republicans bail on their beliefs! More Dems have jumped ship than Repubs! Anyway, great actors and story line but take your political rhetoric out of it!

The Newsroom Season 1 Episode 10 Quotes

It was a hatchet job from my idiot ex-boyfriend.

Mac

Mac: I've been waiting two days to hit you.
Will: I appreciate your patience.