Warning: Spoilers for “The Newsroom” Season 1
Since the second season of The Newsroom is starting in a couple of months, I have been rewatching the first season in preparation. I have to say, I’m a little disappointed. I loved the season the first time through and gave it a 10/10 on IMDB. However, there isn’t really any depth on the second viewing.
Which lets you see it for what it actually is: a show telling you what you want to hear. There aren’t any real defeats for The Newsroom. There isn’t any character progression. We hear that Will McAvoy was a total sell-out before the series begins, but it’s backstory, not character progression. The two main love stories progress, but the characters themselves aren’t majorly changed by the events around them.
The same criticisms could, perhaps, be levelled at The West Wing, but there people were persuaded to change their mind. Both sides of arguments were often presented in a compelling way.
The problems with this show may be problems with American politics in general. The two parties have been reduced to a far right wing party and a joke party that believes in witchcraft – which means that there isn’t a counterpoint to go to. Before, there were conservatives that had points to make instead of spouting nonsense about the persecution of Christians or that climate change is a hoax.
It’s so exhausting to battle insane arguments, that a lot of people seem to give up and go with the Democratic party, just because they’re not behaving like insane people. So US politics has moved way to the right of Nixon, Reagan and other hard right wingers from earlier decades.
That’s why The Newsroom appealed so much to me on the initial viewing. It presents facts in a logical manner. Something that often doesn’t happen outside of a few shows like Bill Maher and The Daily Show. So I liked the show the first time around, but once that initial shine is lost, it seems like there isn’t that much more to the show.
The acting, direction and writing are all impeccable, but it’s not as deep as it first appeared to be. I’m still looking forward to season 2, but with less enthusiasm than I might have had if I hadn’t rewatched season 1.
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