] (Radiohead High and Dry)

Hello and welcome to this week’s t.v. review of Newsroom.  Since I saw the first episode of Newsroom I was hooked.  The acting, story lines, and characters drew me in and the dialogue was fast paced, but by this second episode I understood it.  Okay so let’s get started: this episode starts off with Will in his lavish apartment until the neighbors above him make a ruckus  because they are redecorating their apart. So much so that a piece of a selling falls on his desk. He appears to be reviewing profiles of various producers.

Will has a meet up with Reese which appears to be a little confusing because I couldn’t tell what it was about. So, Charlie wants to put a stop to it, and from that request it seems that Reese has ulterior motives.  Next, Will goes to a meeting and  Mackenzie  played by Emily Mortimer is brainstorming ideas of how ACN can have better content. This episode focuses on the Arizona immigration act SB 1070.It basically consists of: U.S. federal law requires all  over aliens the age of 14 who remain in the United States for longer than 30 days to register with the U.S. government,and to have registration documents in their possession at all times.   So it’s clear that this show is taking place in 2010.

Meanwhile, Sloan Sabbith (Olivia Munn)  who is a economist joins the team, and Mac complements her on her accomplishment. Sloan tells Mac that she thinks that Will is an asshole for cheating on her. But little do we know that Mac was the one he cheated on him. No sympathy for her character, in a high school cliche way, an email spreads to the whole newsroom, and everyone knows Mac’s secret.

Now Will finds out and he is highly pissed! they have a quick meeting about it, and she tells him that after she cheated, she fell in love with Will. Once again no sympathy for her at all, Will is about to go on air after learning her mistake. He doesn’t go with the advice she gives him over the mic, and the segment goes awry.

Mac gives Will a big speech on how he messed up the show, and she apologizes to him about her wrong -doings in their relationship. She asks him if he’s in or out  (referring to her being his executive producer) he gives her a cold look and walks out. He goes  home, and he finds a gift basket from the neighbors apologizing for the incident.

Margaret makes a mistake and Jim takes the fall for her Mac finds out she seems angry but doesn’t have a meltdown about it.  It’s the end of Friday night, and  Neil  (Dev Patel) asks Jim if he wants to go to the karoke bar and the whole crew goes there to hang out. Maggie is completely drunk, she talks to Don and he supposedly breaks up with her. Jim comforts her but she is drunk out of her mind, so he gets one of the co-workers to take her home. Kind of interesting  that Maggie’s friend’s name is Don. Don appears to be a douche kind of like the Don on Mad Men but you like him anyway because he’s suave. Honestly I want Jim and Maggie to be a couple Jim is handsome, quirky, and smart.  He seems to genuinely care about her.

Finally, Will calls Mac and tells her that he’s in, and I love how Radiohead’s High and Dry plays in the background as Mac and Will are talking on the phone. I think that was a perfect choice of song because of how their relationship ended. I give this episode 4/10 I think this show still has ways to go in terms of what type of show it’s trying to be. But, it is sophisticated, and it does draw the audience into the characters.

Catch Newsroom Sundays @ 10 p.m. on HBO what do you think of the show?


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