The Newsroom: Season 1 – Episodes 1 & 2.
I’ve never really tried to review a current television show in any sort of active context before, so take this with a few grains of salt. What I’m trying to say is that it is very easy to form a review of a book or a movie after experiencing it, because it is, to a greater or lesser extent, a complete experience. Similarly, it is easy to review a full season of a television show, because it is a complete experience. I was having trouble getting traction on what was bothering me about The Newsroom after just one episode. The internet raving wasn’t helping either. But now, I think I’m starting to see the shape of series.
I suspect that the reason The Newsroom has been getting so many negative reviews is rooted in the fact that the show isn’t really sure what it’s trying to be. The two, or possibly three, aspects of the setting that are being explored in these early episodes are jarring when put together and therefore, off-putting. Reviews from cyberspace have put the blame on Aaron Sorkin’s bad writing, but I think that’s only half the story, if it is the case at all.