Except for the excellent writing and the compelling characters, this show is mediocre. I know that sounds ridiculous, but here's what i mean. If the newsroom concept were actually significant, there wouldn't have to be office romances to keep our interest. But most importantly, go and watch a network news show. And tell me you care. Admit it, you barely look at the anchor and you certainly aren't worried if he or she gets the scoop on any of the other networks. Sorkin acknowledges this by loading each episode with romance. A sad trivialization of the news and yet I keep watching because of the sharp dialog. End of story.
The finale redeemed the the last 2 or 3 seasons of Burn Notice. Rarely has a program gone out in a more satisfactory way. All loose ends tied up, a tip of the hat to the loyal fans standing by since the beginning, and a lovely final scene complete with soul-stirring music. Yes, I know Fiona and Michael are sure to get itchy vegetating in an Irish village but at least for awhile they are living the dream, complete with a ready-made son. Thanks to all members of the cast and crew for keeping your eye on the prize from the into of the very first story. "My name is Michael Weston..."
Vogel? Easy come; easy go. She wasn't around long enough to make much of a mark.
If they had had less of the girlfriend and more legal crime, I think it would have been better.
Love this show! I especially the way Louis has gradually been made more sympathetic. The final hug between him and Rachel was so uplifting. Just as the beating Harvey delivered was the perfect punctuation for the nasty plot line involving Stephen--both in love and war. Add to that the clever discoveries made by Mike (which was about all his character was used for this episode) and you had a crackling episode, I have to admit, I can't keep up with all the shenanigans pulled by the various movers and shakers, but I just go along for the ride and enjoy the clever dialog and the good looking men and women.
Totally agree with your analysis that Jane Fonda stole the show. She commands the room no matter how big or small her part. This storyline sounds like fiction but I remember CBS and Dan Rather being brought down when Dan said what he presented was "fake but accurate."
This show has gone down hill this season. Too much tension without any respite. Annie no longer seems like the spunky young woman we met the first season. Frankly the characters are all tedious. They should do a Burn Notice and just wrap the whole thing up.
Thanks for this great review, especially the tribute to Lee Thompson Young. The photos at the end of the episode were so poignant. I really enjoy the family love on this show but to me â€ŽLorraine Bracco who plays Jane's mother is the weak link. The dialog provided for her is embarassingly awkward, and her acting is rather stilted. It is hard to believe she had a pivotal role in The Sopranos.
The flashbacks with Mike made me so nervous, I had to mute the TV. Because I knew his future went off the rails, I couldn't bear to see the downward slide. On the other hand, I loved every bit of the crackling repartee between Harvey and Donna. And the scenes with Louis were priceless. BTW, how is Mike going to explain getting his law degree from Harvard to all his associates who think he is already a Harvard grad? Is he taking a 3 year leave of absence? Lots to explain there.
Have to admit I was stunned when the back of Zach's head was revealed. Didn't see that coming but it all fell into place with Dr. Vogel's cryptic remarks at dinner. She is definitely either the brain surgeon or his associate. That was a great twist in this already very twisted show.
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