September 17, 2021 at 2:11 pm #1204466388
“My Least Favourite Year”: I honestly do not know how any person could not be entertained by this show. It fires on every cylinder possible with punchy stories and a visceral energy that almost permeates through the screen. It’s exquisite popcorn entertainment. But the price for this is that it’s also very stylised, which is also why those who haven’t been moved on it before never will be. In fact, dare I say it but the day the critics start to love this show is the day that it probably becomes… boring. Because sure they could slow down the pace persistently to carve reflection upon reflection and symbolism upon symbolism onto the subjects it considers. But why should it when lets face it there are going to be countless versions of that and already have been, especially on the topic of MeToo. And none will feel as brimming with life.
This isn’t to say there aren’t issues. Or rather, in the case of this episode, issue. The show relies upon its actors embracing the toughest of lines between bombastic and overwrought. Aniston and Crudup could not be more there and every moment they appear is interesting and dynamic. They are two of the best performances on television right now without doubt and, with the right material, have the potential to be the best. Each knows their character inside out. Aniston in particular deserves praise for her seamless ability to control the moments when she allows her innate charisma and likability to shine through in a persona that seldom facilitates this.
Sadly, though, Witherspoon is still slightly off beat. Not always, granted. (Her performance in last season’s “That Woman” is testament to that more than anything.) It’s like she still doesn’t know how much she is Bradley or vice versa. When watching this instalment it was hard not to be thrown off by her strange choices in certain scenes. For example, she played all of Bradley’s moments with Cory like she was in one of her classic (read: shitty) rom coms. This was not only tonally at odds with their relationship last season but also meant that the spiky, unpredictable elements of her character pretty much evaporated in these moments. I pray she finds her rhythm soon and expect this to come when her and Aniston share more of the screen as these sections were the best last time round.
Despite that, each plot thread here was great and has transitioned well from the chaos of *that* finale, presenting the feeling of a fresh start and new story without severing any ties to last time out. My last note, as it’s been discussed so fervently already, goes to the sneeze; a choice that I would have had no idea was indicating COVID if it hadn’t been mentioned here. Truly ridiculous. But this is The Morning Show. So why would I care? One hell of a weekly ride incoming.
A-September 17, 2021 at 2:22 pm #1204466419
Can someone remind why Reece Witherspoon is still in this show?
The writing was meh, but Aniston and Crudup were great.
Have a great day if you see this!
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Straight/BLMSeptember 17, 2021 at 5:38 pm #1204466901
Can someone remind why Reece Witherspoon is still in this show?
I find it so interesting that people aren’t sold on her. I think Reese is electric. Bradley is nowhere near as layered as Alex and that’s fine, but I think Reese kills it with what she’s given. And I don’t mean that to insinuate she’s any lesser an actor than Aniston; her work in Big Little Lies and Little Fires Everywhere are (in my opinion) two of the best television performances from any actor. The Morning Show hasn’t asked her to do the nuanced character work required of her in her other roles, but she’s still fantastic on it. Maybe it’s her movie star presence and charisma or just my bias from seeing the what she’s done over her career that confuses me when people say they don’t enjoy her here.September 17, 2021 at 6:33 pm #1204466980
To by entirely fair on The Morning Show they were close to one of the first returning shows back (likely to both the writers room and production, I believe they re-tooled scripts).
They started in October. The difference between the mode/feel/responsibility in September/October (when we had no vaccine) and even Christmas/January was vast and the response to dealing with COVID on screen wasn’t quite crystallised as an “in general people would prefer we deal with this when it’s not a current event”
They’re not going to deal with “immediately post vaccine with limited restrictions” because they wouldn’t have known what that felt like when they started.September 17, 2021 at 6:54 pm #1204466999
Another season of wondering if I’m impressed by Billy Crudup’s performance or if I’m just very attracted to himSeptember 17, 2021 at 6:56 pm #1204467003
I mean this in the nicest way possible – fuck the critics. I’m so glad this show is back, and it is just as entertaining as it was in season one. Could the writing be sharper? Yes. But frankly, this isn’t a show I seek out for it’s brilliant writing. I’m here for the drama and the larger than life characters that are put in larger than life situations.
Crudup was absolutely terrific here and remains the show’s MVP, but I do have to shoutout Aniston who I think is dynamite in this role. As for the “should shows incorporate COVID into their storylines” debate, I think that a show centered around a news network definitely needs to. Especially since they’re covering other topical issues like the me too movement. I’m not expecting a very nuanced take on it – I mean just look at the sneeze lol (iconic!) – but it should be entertaining, nonetheless. I will say, though, that final shot of the 2020 sign under the ball very much triggered me lol. Haunting.
I need more episodes now.September 17, 2021 at 11:45 pm #1204467227
The first episode wasn’t even mildly entertaining. Also, I find some of Alex’s (Anniston’s) reactions a little overblown, tedious and unconvincing. And the sneeze?!!?! I mean really? I didn’t like this episode much. Hope there is better stuff in the following episodes.September 18, 2021 at 2:20 am #1204467354
This show only works for me when I view it as a soap opera not a serious drama. That’s why I liked the S2 premiere. Billy Crudup was the standout. Reese Witherspoon is still severely miscast in this role. A younger actress, preferably an actress of color should have played Bradley.September 18, 2021 at 2:27 am #1204467356
Honestly, I don’t think I would have noticed the sneeze had it not been mentioned here. 🤷🏽 Also, I want Alex’s cabin.September 18, 2021 at 3:35 am #1204467379
Where is the love for Greta Lee, she kind of snapped. She would have been perfect as Bradley. Her delivery of the material she was given was pitch perfect. As for Reese, it’s time to hang it up, she is forgettable, miscast and I cant figure out if it’s the fact that her character is so underwritten or that she just isn’t a good actress. Crudup carried the episode but they should dial back some of his monologue. Also the show should stop doing boardroom scenes, they are always so ridiculously handled.September 18, 2021 at 8:58 am #1204467681
Billy Crudup is the best thing about this show since season 1 for me. Aniston a close second.September 18, 2021 at 10:36 am #1204467817
What do people make of the fact that Reece’s character no longer has any trace of a Southern accent? Was Jackson supposed to have been faking that accent last season? Is the change a reflection of poor acting? I know that people’s accents fade over time but there’s something off here because it happened so quickly and it seems to have simply been forgotten that the character ever had an accent.September 18, 2021 at 10:39 am #1204467821
Karen Pittman (one of my general MVPs for the show) bitching about how shitty 2019 was is the funniest line of the episode. That’s the kind of COVID content I can get around.
Has Bel Powley been written out? It seemed like it?
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