I’m watching The Newsroom now. It seems to be going alright, but it doesn’t have a huge draw for me in for the beginning. It’s seems boring. I’ll keep watching, but it doesn’t seem that appealing. <random>God, I love this font. It’s fucking gorgeous. (the font I’m using on my computer)
I’m still typing and we’re a few minutes in already. It’s not a good sign. Oh well, I guess that doesn’t mean a whole lot. I’m pretty capable of ignoring things. They’re onto the coverage of the Arab Spring. It started with AWN being kicked out of, or rather blocked from entering, a senate committee meeting about piracy law. Intellectual Property, it’s serious shit. So serious that I pirated the show.
On to Dominique Strauss-Kahn. Yay! retreading old news. Fucking yeah.
I stopped taking notes after a while, but by the end of the episodes I was checking reddit again.
I feel like the show is uses flashbacks too much. I’d rather we just had a little clue about the future from the character that introduces Genoa, rather than flashbacks from the lawyer interviews. I also find myself annoyed with the Occupy protester already, so I can’t see myself enjoying that arc. The drama between the characters in the office jumps a little farther than I would’ve preferred for continuity. It’s been a long time since the last season ended, I barely remembered what exactly had happened. I guess I don’t care for a lot of aspects of the plot and characters, but I’m still intrigued by the concept of a newsroom drama. I feel like it has a little too strong of a Sorkin feel to it. It’s not a bad feel for a show necessarily, but it doesn’t really feel appropriate for the subject of the show. I feel like the production is too crisp and clean, which is a weird contrast to the hectic nature of a newsroom. More than anything I feel like some of the character are flat out unlikable when they’re supposed to be likable. It feels like characters are caricatures, not people. Which, admittedly, all characters are, but it’s not supposed to be this obvious. It didn’t turn me off from watching the show again, but it came pretty close. I feel like they dug themselves into a hole in terms of watchability for me. It’s not completely a lost cause, but it feels like I could easily lose interest by episode three or four if things don’t improve. I feel like maybe The West Wing has raised my standards to unreasonable levels, but a drama likes this needs a lot of things this show misses that West Wing provided in spades. I know I should provide a run down of the differences in the shows that I don’t like, but, honestly, I don’t feel like writing a whole lot more about The Newsroom. I don’t care enough. That’s honestly the harshest critique I can give of the show.
I don’t watch many TV shows; just Burn Notice, Sherlock, Elementary, The Killing, and Person of Interest. Obviously shows like Burn Notice and Elementary are popcorn shows that are easy to watch and pleasant enough, but not high quality entertainment. Person of Interest falls in the same category, but is maybe a step or half a step ahead in terms of the quality of the writing. That leaves The Killing, Sherlock, and The Newsroom to be my sources of better quality television. The Killing fell of the rails in the second season, probably just by having one, but definitely after a few episodes. I recently, tentatively, started watching the third season. It’s better. I still like the characters and setting, but the writing still isn’t perfect. A new crime for them to solve has really rejuvenated the show though. Sherlock is still on a long, long hiatus, so I was hoping to be able to really get into The Newsroom. I just wasn’t very drawn in after watching this episode.
I guess I’m leaving this with little to no structure, but that sort of reflects my feelings about the show. Not that it has no structure, but that I don’t care enough about the show to really sharpen anything I have to say about it.
I’m really lazy, so this is all the editing I feel like doing. I’m sure there’s a bunch of errors in there still.
tl:dr the newsroom isn’t particularly interesting, good, or worth watching