As you can see, this haircut gives me a +3 to emoting.
Well, another week of disappointment for fans of The Newsroom. Project Genoa got rolled down the hallway a bit more while the rest of the episode had little of no consequence.
The biggest revelation was the finding out what happened to Maggie in Africa, and why she’s cut off all her hair. Was it dramatically potent? Sure. There was some legitimate tension when the cattle thief’s showed up and started popping off rounds and demanding the news team’s camera. But the actual events of what happened thus far seem completely disconnected from the main storyline. Will Maggie’s compromised state of mind be one of the factors that eventually leads to the Project Genoa fiasco? Sure. Probably. And I legitimately appreciate the attempt by Sorkin to give Maggie something to mature a bit through.
The problem is that all of these disparate strings of narrative all lead to an ending we already know about. We’re all a bunch of steps ahead of everything that’s happening.
So, instead of playing to that and messing with the audience’s expectations in emotionally resonant ways, we get insultingly convenient tips falling from the sky by way of the OWS organizer. Does it force Will to compromise on his elitist attitude towards the group? Yes. Is it dramatically compelling? No. It is heavy handed? You bet. It’s like the Project Genoa plot is just window dressing set there to distract you from the same problems that plagues season one.
So aside from the A story being a complete mess, there were the small things that worked. The characters that make sense were great, as always. Don had some hilarious lines. Jim managed to make a hero out of himself on the campaign trail just as he gets yanked back to New York, and Olivia Munn was only in it for a scene. All good, small things in an episode that was otherwise hard to slog through.