The Newsroom season 2 episode 3 review
Last episode, I complained about which characters were given focus, This week, we have focus on the character we should have focus on: Will. Episode 3 gives us great character drama and great political commentary, which is what makes The Newsroom so engaging to watch.
The episode opens up in stellar fashion, with Will covering a Republication candidate conference from 2011. During the panel, a live video feed of a soldier is played, where the soldier admits he lied about his homosexuality so he could get into the military, and asks that the candidates consider uplifting the long-argued dilemma. Then an audience member boos the soldier, several other people join in, and the candidates do nothing. Will's reaction and response was absolutely perfect. I actually watched his rebuttal twice, because I was in sheer amazement. This was the highlight of the episode, and it was powerful stuff.
Afterwards, Will catches a bit of flack for what he said, but he is not punished, which is good to see. We also get several other great Will moments, about the 9/11 coverage and his relationship with Mac. Will's conversation with her was strong, a great pattern in this episode for Will. A reporter from a magazine that knows Will threatens to go to the press with Will and Mac's problem, and Will goes to her about it. There is great drama brewing in this triangle of a mess, and I can't wait to see where it goes.
The other large majority of focus this week was with Jim on the road with the Mitt Romney campaign trail. Now, all political opinions on Romney aside, The Newsroom had some bold commentary on the Republican. We never really saw an attack on 1 politician like this yet, and it is very interesting, and obviously, it's what a lot of people thought. Jim himself was not what made this stuff good (although he was good), it was the commentary and message of the whole situation that made it good.
Now yes, there was a bit more Maggie, such a shame she is getting so much attention this season. However, she was in this episode significantly less than last week, the way it should be. Her going to Africa story is getting deeper, and it sounds like it is leading up to something huge that goes down, and to Maggie, but we saw in the Season 2 premiere that she made it back alive, so we know she will survive. Maggie is this show's weak link, like Andrea was with Walking Dead, and like Junior is to Under the Dome, (Junior is ten times worse). I wish another character, like Sloan, were getting a big storyline like this, but it'll be interesting to see where it goes.
Also, the ongoing Genosa story is growing very interesting and mysterious, I'm excited to see what they are going to do with it, because it seems bigger than anything that has ever happened on this show for our news team.
Overall, we have another great episode of The Newsroom. Will had a lot of great moments, and Jim has his sights set on breaking down Romney. What will Genosa bring to the show? Will we actually care about Maggie when she goes to Africa? I look forward to see these threads progress next week.
I give The Newsroom season 2 episode 3 a 4 out of 5.