Morning show he prepares for the triumphant return of Alex Levy, even as current events circulate and everyone is sweating. Can Cory hold the news together long enough to come back?
As the drama Apple TV + fights COVID-19 in its second season, the drama inside the office is getting stronger.
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In this week’s episode, former host Mitch Kessler (played by Steve Carell) pulls himself out of his banished depression long enough to read about an unlawful death lawsuit filed against UBA by the family of his indictment, Hannah Shoenfeld (Gugu Mbatha-Raw). He finds it hard to restrain himself, because wherever he goes, people recognize him.
News Division chief Cory Ellison (Billy Crudup) now has two battles: one against the lawsuit and the other against the impending dismissal from the board. His solution, to bring back former host Alex Levy (Jennifer Aniston), is in the hands of current host Bradley Jackson (Reese Witherspoon). She doesn’t want to fight Alex for attention anymore.
And attention exists. When Alex turns around the office with her manager Doug (Will Arnett), people thank her left and right for taking a stand against Mitch and the culture of silence and abuse at UBA. But Cory wants to hide her from view until he officially announces her return home – especially since he knows Bradley doesn’t want Alex around. Her return is still something of a high-risk idea.
Of course, as soon as she is left alone, she makes a big (poorly directed) scene and confronts the current host Eric (Hasan Minhaj).
Meanwhile, Bradley calls Chipa (Mark Duplass) for advice on how to deal with Alex. Despite their brief working history at the manager’s desk, Bradley doesn’t feel like he knows Alex at all. And it scares her to think about going back to work with her.
Still, she has a bigger problem with her hands: she’s paused since she revealed her plans for the show – and the network wants to fire her for it. If she doesn’t stand up and take off properly, she will need a new job.
Keep your voice down
The worst scene in this week’s episode serves as a microcosm of the series’ bigger problems. Mitch eats ice cream when two women approach him. One hates him and wants to leave because of his history of sexual abuse. The other (played by Valeria Golino, so you know this character will be back) defends him.
It’s too embarrassing to summarize, but suffice it to say that the ex-wife says, “It’s called feminism, look at that!” It is conceived as a caricature of the liberalism of auspicious times. Unfortunately, Morning show he’s not smart enough to be able to draw her like that, so he reads like the show ugly women who are worried about sexual assault.
I understand that you have to be up to date with current events when you make a news show (hello, COVID-19 plot!). But if you’re not equipped to comment on a trend, just paying for aggressive, disgusting words isn’t enough. It just makes your writers look like dilettantes — just the kind of bourgeois knowledge the show has for critics.
Speaking of which there is no contact … why does the 20-year-old song Beck play at a cocktail party where all the parties gather at the end of the episode? What about opening Apple commercial loans for this show? What do they have to do with running an information network? Why does it sound unconvincing when someone in this show swears? Why does Bradley always answer every poorly concealed threat with a sharp sarcastic question like, “Are you trying to do this X ?! Because you failed. “
The show that should bear the weight of the Apple TV + brand really shouldn’t sweat and strain to fill the time so visibly.
This week in bad current events
In addition to reporting on COVID-19, there is also a joke about recall hearings (remember that?). Meteorologist Yanko Flores (Nestor Carbonell) says he thinks they’re a charade, and news president Stella (Greta Lee) is shocked.
However, none of them are scary enough to surpass the horrible conversation about feminism in an ice cream shop. Last week, Morning show a whole episode passed without a pitiful call to the news of 2020. I wish they had continued with that.
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Scout Tafoya is a film and TV critic, director and creator of a long series of video essays The Unloved for RogerEbert.com. He wrote for The Village Voice, Movie Review, The Los Angeles Review of Books i Nylon Magazine. He is the director of 25 feature films and the author of more than 300 video essays that can be found at Patreon.com/honorszombie.
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