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The Newsroom (HBO)

Discussion in 'Entertainment, Culture, and Sports' started by suited, Jun 24, 2012.

  1. suited

    suited Senior member

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    I have high hopes for this - what do you think?
     
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    Reviews have not been very positive.
     
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    The characters spent most of their time on screen trying to one-up each other.
     
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    I didn't mind it, I'll tune in again.

    I got nothing else on my DVR now that Thrones and Madmen are over.
     
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    I'm through the third episode now. His rant in the opener was awesome, so that alone got me to try out the rest of the series. I thought episode 3 was particularly good. Shows the growing corporate control of our news on tv.
     
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    I like the show, it just seems really over written.
     
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    Well, of course. It IS an Aaron Sorkin show after all.
     
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    3rd ep was def better than 2nd. 2nd was all about that lame ugly girl romantic triangle crap and just felt like drama filler

    hopefully 4th ep continues on the right track
     
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    Is this show neutral or is there a political slant to all of it?
     
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    It's rabidly liberal, with the main character being a pretend Republican, attacking Republicans by barking about how upset he is with where the party is today. The show unintentionally makes fun of itself. The second episode focuses on the crew gathering behind their overall goal of putting forth the best argument from every side when it comes to featured guests on the program, yet they only offer arguments from crazed tea party Republicans.

    In the third episode, Sam Waterson's character actually tries to justify the fair and neutral stance of one of their pieces by saying that Media Matters gave it great reviews.
     
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    yeah entire 3rd epi was a bash against tea party and how they took over the Rep party and comparing them to hippies taking over the libs back in 70s/drug era
     
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    liked the fourth episode too. I'm a pretty liberal guy but this show is REALLY liberal though, I wish it would be a little closer to the west wing is this regard, just keeping up the stereotype of hollywood.
     
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    The show makes me chuckle. It's like Talking Points Memo come to life.

    I enjoyed his "campaign for civility" getting off the tracks whenever he would do things like call a woman a "bitch" to her face.
     
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    I like the show. I think it has real potential and I also really liked Luck and was disappointed that it was cancelled. I am just wishing this could be a bit more balanced. I have to be honest, I am not a "tea party" guy and I did agree with the episode last week, but I think both the right and left wings of both parties are out to lunch and this show seems to only look at the far right of the Republican party. Also, I have noticed a bit of woman bashing on this show...
     
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    Yup, the pretty obvious shallow writing of the female characters and the general low level of misogyny is part of what makes me chuckle given the liberal nature of the show and its writer. Have you noticed that all the main female characters seem to have their vagina as their prime professional asset?
     
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    I have. And honestly the stereotypes are taking away from the enjoyment of the show for me. The one girl who keeps having her outbursts and panic attacks, I know it's suppose to be humorous but I just find it irritating. Perhaps I just have too high expectations for this. I was expecting to get "the wire" of cable news and instead I think we are getting a lower quality than the west wing.

     
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    The show is really growing on me. Neurotic girl and her roommate are annoying. My jaw nearly dropped when Olivia Munn's character implied the Glass-Steagall act was the sole reason we had great economic growth between its passing and repeal. Not to mention we won WW2 when it was in place. I was surprised she didn't go further by explaining that 9/11 took place after glass steagall was repealed. A missed opportunity.

    The end of episode five had me rolling my eyes. Will watch again though
     
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    I also like how she blamed the repeal of Glass-Steagal on Reagan. That was some awesome propaganda as you know there is crap ton of, and I use this word to indicate only the most extreme and dumb, libtards, repeating that at work today.
     
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    My wife has been watching this and I just sat through my first episode. I remember asking her if all of the female characters are brainless airheads who just happen to be good at one aspect of their jobs. They all seems pretty intolerable so far. Who would work with any of those women?


    The whole interaction, from the incredibly, incredibly dumb woman getting tutored to the ridiculously simplistic Democratic talking points couched as economics from an "economics PhD" was just painful.


    The Rudy moment was kind of neat though.
     

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