CONFIRMATIONS is the closest that THE MORNING SHOW has come to capturing the raw kinetic energy of NEWSROOM.
Everything comes to a head in episode eight, and we finally get some “confirmations” as to what this year’s story arc is. Look, I’ve complained a lot about this season. And those criticisms are justified since the show has been lost trying to say too much without saying anything. Yet, just when I was about to throw in the towel for THE MORNING SHOW, it turned in the most compelling episode of the season by actually having the show center around breaking news.
I’m not going to get into the plot at all this week since a significant turning point happens that I wouldn’t dare spoil. But I will write about the theme – caring. In the first five minutes of E8, Cory (Billy Crudup) says, “caring about other people limits your ability to make self-serving decisions.” It’s a fascinating quote since the entire episode deals with characters discovering if they care. Now, what some characters actually care about might surprise viewers. However, what most of the characters care about in THE MORNING SHOW is just reporting on the news.
Over the final two episodes of season two, the characters are going to have to “reconcile who they were, with who they are, with who they want to be.” For me, I’m still trying to reconcile how this awful season of TV just turned in one of its finest episodes.
It’s available on Apple TV+.