• Latest

    July 23, 2013

    THE NEWSROOM S02E01: FIRST THING WE DO, LET’S KILL ALL THE LAWYERS

    FIRST THING WE DO, LET’S KILL ALL THE LAWYERS

    The Newsroom is one of those shows who could not find its way to appeal the mainstream critics but fortunate enough, it is one of the best shows on TV around. Aaron Sorkin penned The Newsroom as a follow-up to his past efforts like West Wing. For a show which depicts how media should pitch its news content, The Newsroom received plenty of dissatisfaction due to its ‘hatred stance’ on the Tea Party, highly critical and scrutinizing image of the current media regime. It is true that their hardcore stances will probably upset a lot of people but this is drama that over 95% of the shows out there should follow – bold, complex and smart. For all that matters, Sorkinism in The Newsroom works.



    The season premier of The Newsroom quotes Shakespeare as the title of the episode - First Thing We Do, Let’s Kill All The Lawyers. In a little twist, the opening scene depicts an event about 14 months in the future of the setting (probably around 2012 just before the US Presidential Election) – and clearly the event is a result of a series of events that attempted to uncover a conspiracy so deep that a legal counsel is called for help. You probably have to wait a little longer to be able to guess what is the case or news or incident that will trigger the abomination.



    STORY: This episode of The Newsroom follows the norm recipe used in the past by depicting some big news and stories that happen in the real life, and giving it an alternative fixation and push on the story, as usual. Audiences get the first taste by revisiting the Muammar Ghadafi’s fall, Strauss-Kahn sex scandal and illegal drone attack somewhere in Pakistan which killed Atiyah Abd al-Rahman, while some preview of the Occupy Wall Street is offered too.

    SCRIPT: Aaron Sorkin’s complex and multi-layered story arcs are working gracefully as usual, with occasion laughter pills in between. Sorkin smartly intercepts every conversation with usable fillers, story expansion seeds and smart dialogues.

    ACTING: Another strong performance by Jeff Daniels, Emily Mortimer and Sam Waterston. Alison Pill is okay while Dev Patel is getting more feature as he is trying to push for his first “weird story” to be featured.

    CURIOSITY: Remains high.

    RATING: A-
    Enhanced by Zemanta
    Green Tea Movie (c). est 2007. Powered by Blogger.