TV Without Commercials: The Newsroom 2.3

This week’s episode of The Newsroom was a perfect example of Aaron Sorkin’s ability to make you connect with his characters in a way most writers can only hope to accomplish.

I find it truly amazing the way Aaron Sorkin is able to make you, as the viewer, become so emotionally invested in his characters.  It’s impossible to not fall in love with characters like Jim or Maggie and you find yourself always pulling for them hoping they’re successful as if they were your close friends.  Then there are characters like Reese Lansing or Nina Howard who you just absolutely despise even though you barely know them.  While Reese’s short scene did nothing to improve his image, Nina Howard’s meeting with Will was the complete opposite.  For the first time, Nina showed us her human side.  Almost instantly she became somewhat likable, and who knows, maybe if her and Will, will developed into something. She may even slowly transition into one of the good guys.  Just as those thoughts began to solidify in my mind, she had that conversation with Mackenzie.  I suppose there is still a pretty good chance that Nina could once again redeem herself and tell Mackenzie the truth some point down the road. The situation Nina found herself in would have been extremely difficult for anyone to do the right thing at that moment.  Despite all of that, I am extremely interested to see how everything between Nina and Will evolve.  Even though I still want Will and Mackenzie to end up together I have more or less given up on the idea of that happening anytime soon.

Jim sees to be his old self again, and that is really good to see.  I feel like there are constantly hints being dropped that Jim and Aya Cash are going to hook up at some point.  Although it looks like that is going to take a lot longer now that they have been thrown off of the Romney bus.  I know Jim won’t let something like that keep him from asking real questions but will the others do the same?

We still don’t know quite what to make of this whole Genoa ordeal.  So far it seems like a pretty legit story, and if it is, it’s downright terrifying.  We know that the story was eventually run because it’s the whole reason everyone appears to be in pretty serious legal trouble from the season premiere.  Even though we knew all of that going into this week’s episode, it was still somewhat exciting watching Jerry read off the tweets as they came in.  Until the tweet mentioning Willie Pete it looked like operation Genoa was turning out to be a bogus story. I still don’t know what to make of this whole situation but watching it unfold has become extremely interesting.  There is a big part of me that thinks that all of this is made up.  Something about it just doesn’t feel right, and I don’t know how but feels like Jerry is somehow making all of this up.  If that is the case, he must have gone to extreme lengths to pull this off, or maybe he is just caught up in the lie himself and not the liar.  I don’t know what it is but I just have this feeling that Jerry is going to end up being the bad guy when all of this is said and done.

It looks like next week we get to see Maggie’s adventure in Africa.  It appears to have been an intense trip that resulted in her cutting off all her hair, and it even looks like it’s going to be the entire episode as well, so it must be good.  I cannot wait!


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