- Every time that the show (usually Will McAvoy) says that Will McAvoy is a Republican, pretend that it didn't say that. Instead, pretend that the show acknowledges what we all know is true: Will McAvoy is an openly partisan cable newscaster delivering a Democratic-slanted program. What's the matter with acknowledging that? I don't get how that would hurt the narrative.
- Don't look at Will McAvoy as the hero of the show. See him as a Tony Soprano/Walter White/Marlo Stanfield anti-hero, except with bloviating and condescension as his MO instead of crime. And his sidekicks, like Jim Harper, are the equivalent of rising gang lieutenants like Christopher Moltisanti or Jesse Pinkman, learning to sublimate their more human impulses and to emulate their boss's mannerisms, like meting out a professional (or, rather, unprofessional) punishment for a personal fight with the woman a man with power wants but can't have. And Leona is the FBI/Hank/Daniels who is going to put him where he belongs.
Monday, July 16, 2012
FIXED YOU: May I take a moment to suggest the following revisions to your viewing of Newsroom, which might (might) make it easier to watch?
Posted by Isaac Spaceman at 3:52 PM