- Especially in the middle portion of the episode (after the opening sequence but before they go on air), it seemed to me part of the problem was the direction. Sorkinese is meant to be spoken very very quickly (especially Romantic Comedy Sorkinese), and the pace seemed oddly slow for a chunk of that act, with pauses that seemed out of place. (Allison Pill, who has the most screwball part, arguably suffers the most from this.)
- Several of the reviews have noted that the decision to set the show in the recent past leads to the show being about people who have almost magical knowledge. The pilot includes a bit of reporting where Will and his team are able to get a story far before anyone in the real world did because of pure, unadulterated luck and dei ex machinae. I hope this doesn't continue and turn into "Aaron Sorkin shows how to do news better than it was done!"
- There are very clearly gender issues there. Obviously, Sorkin has relationship issues, given that Studio 60 was a very long apology letter to an ex-girlfriend, but maybe he needs to work them out in a way other than TV writing.
Sunday, June 24, 2012
TO BE FAIR, YOSEMITE IS PRETTY GREAT: Obviously, we're going to talk about The Newsroom, and, unlike critics, we mere mortals have only seen one episode. Perhaps because of that, I liked the show much more than many of the critics did (Alan in particular noted that his review would have been better if based on the pilot alone). In particular, the opening sequence and most of the actual newscast worked quite effectively, and the performances were pretty uniformly solid. A few thoughts to provoke discussion:
Posted by Matt at 11:37 PM