Further this week Morning show, veteran Alex Levy finds her embarrassed former colleague Mitch Kessler in Italy and asks for a statement that will cover her ass before she returns to the US.
Of course, nothing is simple in the Apple TV + show about the morning news and the people from the nightmare who produce them. COVID-19 is getting stronger, and Alex won’t be able to leave Italy even if he wants to. So she’s stuck with Mitch, the last place she wants to be.
This is a good episode from the point of view of performance Morning show ‘big stars and writing that depicts their characters as credible human beings. It’s also the only worst TV episode you could hope to broadcast right now – a phalanx of bad decisions that would embarrass the entire season. The Newsroom.
Morning show Review: ‘The Amara Vita’
In this week’s episode, titled “La Amara Vita,” Alex (played by Jennifer Aniston) locates Mitch (Steve Carell) and pressures him to publish a statement saying he never had sex. Yes, of course, but Alex lied to Laura Peterson (Julianna Margulies) when asked about it on TV a few weeks ago. So to be ahead of the revelation in journalist Maggie Brener’s upcoming book (Marcia Gay Harden) that she and Mitch had consensual sex at the time he committed the sexual assault, she wants Mitch to lie about it as well.
They scream at each other and Alex resolutely rejects Mitch’s attempts to explain his bad behavior. Alex doesn’t admit to having learned anything. And the sudden appearance of Paola (Valeria Golino) proves her point. If Mitch is so spoiled by the loss of family and children, why is he in the zone with a beautiful woman in a villa instead of living with them (or at least close) in America?
There is no way out
Alex tries to leave, but falls asleep on the way to the airport. And the cop who finds her incredibly insists on going back to Mitch’s house rather than going to the airport to find the flight. Sure, locking measures, but uhh, this seems like it didn’t happen.
So they finally have a long conversation about how much they miss and how much they hate how things shook during the event Morning show ‘first season. Of course, this then again turns into a question of Alex’s inability to vouch for Mitch. And that freaks out Alex, who has to make sure she’s a good person after she leaves without giving him her version of forgiveness. Wouldn’t it be bad if she experienced that she immediately regretted it?
Morning show, your credibility is gone
There is no kind way to say this: Apple TV + should throw this show out of misery. Morning show is built on the background of the idea of living through the #MeToo era and what that makes of old paradigms or anything else.
Yes, there is time for sexuality and gender and politics outside of that realm. But the idea of Mitch being fired for sexual assault and taking the entire house of cards with him served as a hook. For that to work, there had to be enough credible denial to go through the first season without a show and an audience that didn’t completely turn against it.
Now that it’s over, the show is stuck with Mitch. I Morning show ‘His creative team has apparently forgotten that the show is intended to be an exploration of women working in workplace culture. And since he can’t just spend time hating him (this is, after all, Apple TV +, not HBO or Showtime or even AMC, honestly), they have to make him cute.
So much for sympathy
So, yes, Alex shows up at Mitch’s mansion with every intention of screaming him to death in search of a statement that they never slept together. But then they forgive each other because she looks like a bad guy.
Not only has she already been given low ground, morally speaking – something this shows ought do the impossible, given that Mitch is a rapist, but he won’t because the playwriting manual on TV says there must be an equal exchange of views – she never fully lays claim to a high place. So we got the whole episode where Mitch is told what a great guy he is and that his weak points don’t define him.
Except … to have. Of course they have. This episode presents an utterly unsatisfactory and dishonest case for Mitch’s humanity beyond his crimes, while Alex, drunk, reminds him how much it means to her and what a pity it is that their friendship and partnership is over.
Stop making excuses for sex offenders
Every high-profile rapist has friends and family. It has nothing to work with their guilt. No. No. Just not. I’m not saying you don’t have this point of action. I say don’t then immediately follow Mitch to be fucked by a beautiful woman and then kill himself. Because then you say that he is doing his part, so to speak, and that only he has decided that this is the best way to act. He was the only person capable of condemning and punishing him. Disgusting.
If Morning show it was about Harvey Weinstein, Larry Nassar, Woody Allen – call your jerk – would writers go to great lengths to show how good a guy he is? No. I wouldn’t. And everyone would tell you they wouldn’t because that would be irresponsible, right? So why their avatar pervert get sensitive treatment? Why is this show, about harassment in the workplace, ending up on the side of the harasser? Pretty disgusting.
If Morning show he never seemed to really control. But now the show has officially moved away from itself. It’s a shame, too, because Aniston and Carell have great chemistry. Oh good!
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