Thursday, August 1, 2019

What I’m Watching: The Loudest Voice

The Loudest Voice: Season 1, Episode 5 “2012” (B+)

This show can, at times, be a bit much, turning into a paranoid thriller in a way that it doesn’t need to, feeling like it’s stretching believability a bit far with events that might be hard to truly know happened as they are portrayed here. But we are seeing the true narrator of the story now in journalist Gabe Sherman, played by Fran Kranz from “Dollhouse,” who wrote the book that serves as the basis for this show. We saw the ousting of Brian Lewis in this hour after he confirmed that there was indeed an operation actively working to troll Sherman and discredit him, and though he angrily rejected the first offer of hush money from Roger, a much larger sum was enough to get him to leave the building and then call Sherman to warn him that he better stop digging. We also met Casey Close, played by Josh Charles from “The Good Wife,” who doesn’t have any clue what it is that Gretchen is experiencing on a regular basis. It was very gratifying to see her push the play button on her phone at the end of the episode so that something can finally be done to try to stop Roger from his oppressive behavior. Joe just wanted to get away for a bit but Roger didn’t want to lose control over him, demonstrating just how important and majestic he thinks he is in every arena. His downfall may not be imminent, but he’s sealed his fate with his horrific treatment of everyone around him.

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