The one thing I loved about this show was that Aaron Sorkin never took his viewers for granted. And he never allowed the characters to take each for granted either. Nor did he assume anything but a very high intelligence of any of them. There wasn't a single stereotypical character in the bunch: each was unique, and complete with individual quirks. For some strange reason I expected this final episode to be all about Charlie - a la The Big Chill - but it was so much more than that. And the look on Will's face at hearing that Mackenzie was pregnant was just…amazing. He had moved on from being a cynical bitter man to a new dad-to-be with new hope in his eyes. Talk about a character evolution! Christine - there is a lot of "The Newsroom" music up on iTunes right now, all from the first two seasons. No doubt that great performance we saw tonight will soon be up there too. They'd be crazy not to market it. When it comes out - I'm definitely going to buy it. As I'm going to buy the three-season DVD set as well.
I howled at Lilly's explanation of how one gets a baby.
??? He wasn't debating with himself over whether to reveal his source. Not sure how your comment applies.
When Tasneem told Aasar to wait ten minutes before making the phone call, I fully expected him to knife her in the throat. But to be fair, he's just learning of her treachery, and has yet to process her callous opinion of his soldiers being killed. I still have hope for him: when he's done calculating the damage she and her group have done, my guess is he'll take her out (and I don't mean for dinner).
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As highly intelligent and as intuitive as Sloan is, didn't we all see her getting ready to eviscerate Dorrit - the app creator? Her capitulation to Pruitt's demand (relayed through Charlie) came all too easily. Possibly the only guy who didn't see it coming was Dorrit himself (okay, and Charlie and Pruit too). I feel certain everyone else - Mac, Don and everyone in the control room - knew exactly what she would do. I loved her in that scene. Charlie's death came as quite a shock though. No one could understand his seeming about-face with Pruit on how the show should be run. But we all know he wasn't in it for the truth of journalism anymore - he just wanted to save everyone from being fired. The intense pressure he must have felt all the way through brought on the heart attack. Poor guy. He was, I think, my favorite character. Really liked how they portrayed Will's dad too. And now we know (maybe they mentioned it before? I forget) that Will had faced abuse from his dad, only to finally confront him and offer violence to defend himself when he was big enough to do so. I was surprised when they showed us the picture of his dad at the end of that scene. At this point I have zero ideas on how the show will end. I can't even imagine Will being willing to work for such a loathsome toad as Pruit, let alone put up with his BS. I picture them all jumping ship to a more reputable network, as it appears that ACN has become somewhat of a National Enquirer/TMZ clone.
I sincerely hope Juliette isn't pregnant. I saw some immediate plot problems when Adalind's baby showed up - I mean how do you keep everyone invested, and more importantly, how do you keep the heroes in the game, when there's a little one vying for attention? The Friends series solved that problem by making sure Ben and later Emma weren't around all that much. I thought Adalind's baby was taken care of when Kelly took her away. Plus, as much as Juliette has progressed, I see her as mostly peripheral to the Grimm plot lines. Her having a baby would put a stamp of permanence to her role - with them eventually getting married. That might very well end up being a "jump the shark" moment if they did. Maybe she could have the baby, have it turn into a monster, and gobble her up after which Nick would have to put it down. That's the only way I see it working. ;) I'm wondering how they're going to deal with Trubel and Josh. Are we going to see parallel plots here, or are the producers thinking seriously about a spinoff? Hopefully the former. P.S. to Katherine: good call on the gremlin present. I too wondered who placed the present on the doorstep. That didn't make sense.
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Thanks for the catch! (I was worried all the way through my review that I'd make that mistake. Corrected myself a few times and thought I'd caught them all. Totally forgot to check out the Round Table writeup.)
:) I'm not surprised - I think this means the writers are getting it right. Hence my statement about "candy for some is poison for others"
Now that Nick's back, there's still an unanswered question about the connection between him and Adalind. Remember, when he briefly saw her prison through her eyes? My guess is that it's the result of her taking away his powers. But we don't know - and it seems weird that the writers would just introduce that to us and then drop it. I'm curious.
Agreed. Frankly, I'd rather see a lot more action-oriented episodes, where they fight terrorists. That kind of blood-pumping action and intrigue would truly make this show sing. Of course I'm guessing there's some strategizing going on, as the writers and producers try to suss out their demographic. What's candy for some would be poison to others. That's just a guess though.
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