DVD Review: The Newsroom Season 3
So I love The West Wing and therefore had looked forward to what else he might bring to our TV screens. When I first heard about The Newsroom, I was interested but on seeing that Jeff Daniels was in the lead role, and the trailer was looking oh so cheesy, I decided to give it a miss. Roll on a few years and The Newsroom Season 3 is out on DVD. It’s made it to the third season huh I silently thought to myself. Might be worth actually taking a look at.
And now I’m kicking myself, because this 6 episode season is the last, and I’m not the kind of guy who will go back and watch it from the beginning.
The Newsroom does to TV news what The West Wing did to the American Presidency. It takes you behind the scenes to where the real power is, to where the real decisions are made. And just as with The West Wing, despite it’s American-centric nature, it’s delivered with the passion and bizarrely gripping nature that makes even cynical bastards like me fall in love and binge watch the entire season in one sitting.
Yes it’s that good.
In season 3 we get to witness as a leading TV News station drop the ball following bombing, living under the old ideals that it’s not news unless you can get official confirmation. A massive wave of social media alerts the world to what happened and all but one new network jumps on the story.
It’s a wake up call to the fictional ACN News Network, but one that might come too late, as along with leaked government documents, the company faces a hostile takeover by a company that wants to turn news into crowd sourced entertainment.
Season 3 as a standalone watch is easy to get into, characters grow on you instantly, and even with minimal investment (there’s only 6 episodes) you feel like party of the family before the end.
I can only imagine how awesome it would be to have watched all three seasons.