Dec 16 2014
Sick of my Newsroom posts yet? Well, this will be the last one. The Newsroom is over. It’s going to take some time to come to grips with the series as a whole; for right now, we can simply react to the end on its own merits.
The cringe-worthy penultimate episode was both a blessing and a curse for the finale. While it left a mess to clean up, it also significantly lowered the bar – to feel uplifting after last week’s disaster, all the finale had to do was give us some kind of light at the end of the tunnel.
I think it did that. It wasn’t a great episode – it wasn’t even in the Top 5 episodes of The Newsroom, and this is a show whose run consisted of ~30 episodes. It was, like the show itself, riddled with flawed moments and brilliant moments alike, trying too hard in some places (the garage jam, oh my god, the garage jam), and curiously glossing over others. (Uh, welcome back for 15 seconds, Neal.)
In the end, maybe it wasn’t the finale we wanted, but it was the finale we deserved. Fitting for the series, that is.