TV: The Newsroom – Episode 3 Summary + Review

“You’re a pilot, how wonderful!”

(Pakistani blogs eh…? That’s where the big scoops are…)

Airing on: Sky

Genre: Drama, Politics, Romance, Age: Adult

Released: 24th June 2012 – onwards

From the previous episode, the news crew take the first step in building impartial news. Will loses popularity by giving less sensational news, with a moral high ground rather than opinions. This episode covers six months through the news crew’s steps.

Warning! May contain spoilers!

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In between delivering news, Will’s having a date with a different woman each night, much to the chagrin of MacKenzie. After taking a couple of them aside, she feels that Will’s dating common women.

(I’m a cheerleader! Popular forev—-)

Maggie has a hidden condition of panic attacks, which Don seems unconcerned about. Jim sees it seriously, and Maggie is awed by how kind he is.

When Don and Maggie breakup, which is a fortnightly occurrence, Jim is encouraged by Neal to go after Maggie. Jim feels that he doesn’t know his own feelings, and that he couldn’t intrude on Maggie.

After a successful coverage of the 2010 American elections, Will confronts MacKenzie about his dating habits, and realises that MacKenzie’s been with someone for three months. Jim also loses his chance when Don and Maggie get back together.

(What do you mean I should retire? I still got it! Come on, you wouldn’t fire old Charlie here…)

The six months are relayed to Leona, one of the main chairmen of the Atlantic Cable. She claim that Will has alienated very powerful people, and that she herself will bear the brunt of his actions.

As a result, she threatens to fire Will if he doesn’t stop harassing senators, which will ultimately end his career.

Overall, a lot of plot lines flow simultaneously in this episode, and none of them seem to take root.

The characters have their ups and downs, but revert back to the situations that they were in at the beginning. The only thing going forwards is the news broadcast’s new impartial policy, and even that seems to have been blockaded.

It felt like this episode only exits to give challenges to the themes presented in the series, and create a villain to Charlie. Leona only had a few lines, and already managed to earn the hatred of viewers.

You could probably miss this episode and not lose much. Maggie’s panic attacks are not a fact that couldn’t be relayed elsewhere without trouble, and the American elections are long past, so it’s not amazing.

I still enjoyed watching the characters. It’s only episode three and they’ve already captured me. The maturity shown, especially in relation to their careers, is refreshing. I’m curious about how the stopper on their News Night 2.0 is handled.

Rated 3.5/5 – Slower conversations, more political debates, and many love triangles.

See the next episode!

See the previous episode!

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