The Newsroom: “Boston” Review

The Newsroom Season 3 Episode 1

‘The Newsroom’ is back in top form for its shortened final season, showcasing all that fans and critics alike love about it and limiting what they don’t.



Note: The following review goes into detail about the episode. SPOILER ALERT!

Well that was a great way to start a season. The Newsroom has always been a strange show, one that is simultaneously berating the news media for its sensationalism, while at the same time sensationalizing its drama. Luckily, this season seems to understand what has worked and what hasn’t about the show in the past, (almost) completely avoiding the Jim/Maggie relationship that dragged the show down previously, as well as making the Will/Mack relationship cute and drama-free. The choice to have Will and Mack get engaged right at the end of last season, which at the time felt rushed, might now be the saving grace of this show as it sings its swan song.

Focusing on the Boston Marathon bombing’s media blow-up, “Boston” was especially strong in the actual “news” aspect, drawing attention to and criticizing the media and social media’s storm-and-mob mentality immediately following the tragedy. While in the past the show has been heavy handed and downright preachy when discussing these kinds of events, this episode’s critique felt well-deserved, while at the same time not overly harsh. It seems that last season’s humbling of the news team continues into this one, which really helps them seem like a part of the media, instead of proudly and stubbornly standing above it. The revelation that ACN has fallen from second to fourth place in the cable news line-up was a bit of a shock, especially considering that this didn’t happen after the Genoa debacle last season. Given that there is only five more episodes left of the show, it would be a depressing end if the news team is destroyed over something as simple as ratings. But that wouldn’t be all bad, especially if the rest of the season is as strong as this episode was.



“Boston” was also strong from a character standpoint, giving almost everyone something to do without making it disjointed. Maggie was particularly strong, rising to the occasion when the team needed her, not only going to Boston to produce, but actually going on camera after an allergic reaction left Elliot Hirsch unable to speak as well. Maggie has been tragically misused in the past, from being nothing more than a part of a love triangle to being an absolute mess following a traumatic experience. Seeing her exceed the expectations of those around her was fun. Sloan Sabbath also had a strong episode, though exactly what it is she figured out at the end felt rushed and poorly explained, so hopefully they go into more detail next week. As far as I can tell, she discovered that Reese’s siblings are trying to take over ACN by buying enough stocks to be majority shareholders (?), but the details are a bit muddy right now. Neal might have had his best episode yet, getting in over his head with a government document leaking source and accidentally helping said source commit a felony. Here’s hoping that the information he got can actually be used by the news team, and not as a self-destruction tool with no point.


“Boston” was a great start to the final season, having all of its best qualities shine while dimming the issues the show has had in the past. It was strong in almost every aspect, and even had the cheeky dialogue Aaron Sorkin is known for.


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1 Comment on The Newsroom: “Boston” Review

  1. Yeah – a six episode limited or ‘mini’ series format can only help. As we’ve seen from the big box networks – there efforts with 22 episodes per season leads only to bloating, filler, and repetitive swapping of love interests. In short S.O.S. Hence Smash failed, and hence I don’t watch Nashville anymore.

    Next down ar 15 week seasons and 10 week seasons. The 10 episodes seasons – like one and done, seems to work just fine in Japan where TV is king rather than films. The European 10 week seasons are also exemplary.

    What a six week season will do for The Newsroom is simple. The show wil become lean and mean with no time for the Maggie/Jim/LIsa follies. Jim and Hallie, as well as Don and Sloan will get some time, but both are doomed relationship wise. Sorkin will have Will doing a weekly rant or two, and Charlie will still get his F-Bomb opportunities on a regular basis.

    With Dev Patel’s Neal Sampat and Olivia Munn’s Sloan Sabbith as the centerpieces of S3 E1 – these will be characters in focus most of the time from a story/plot line perspective.

    Will, Charlie, Mackenzie, will be their characters selves, but Leona, and Reese and his yet to be seen, as well as recently minted sibling – will be involved in the hostile takeover that Sloan Uncovered.

    Possible ending – the hostile take over works. Charlie retires, as do Will and Mackenzie who go off to be married much like Ari Gold and his Missus did at then end of Entourage.

    Yeah, I’m all in favor of the shorter seasons. Maybe not six episodes for this series but shrter seasons are definitely better for TV. I’ll pont to Broadchurch, Entourage, and True Detectives as examples of less is more.

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