Thursday, January 30, 2020

What I’m Watching: The Morning Show (Season Finale)

The Morning Show: Season 1, Episode 10 “The Interview” (B+)

It took me longer than I had planned to finish this episode, and in that time, Jennifer Aniston managed to win a SAG Award, which I definitely didn’t expect but makes more sense given this powerful finish. Alex wasn’t a big part of this hour in its first half, avoiding Chip as she knew what his fate would be. His getting fired wasn’t a surprise but it still complicated their plans for Mitch’s big interview. Bradley talking to Hannah about her involvement in the story they were going to do did not go well, and, though she knew this job offer based in Los Angeles wasn’t entirely merit-based, the idea of starting over seemed to appeal. Unfortunately, she did not get a happy ending at all, and Bradley coming up to announce her death made Fred’s attempt to spin things against Chip and allegedly in Hannah’s honor all the more despicable. Alex blowing up at the passerby too intent on getting a selfie on the street showed her rage, but she got to say a lot more than that when she got up in the middle of their report and starting pacing in front of the camera. Throwing water in the face of the new producer was just the start, and deciding on-air to go for it with Bradley and say as much as they could before getting cut off made for one of the most formidable scenes this show has presented. Cory waving to Fred while Mia closed the blinds on him was perhaps a bit dramatic, and ending with Chip looking overwhelmed watching it and Mitch sitting all alone with a bruised eye at a long table was powerful. This has been a great first season, and I’m eager to see what season two brings.

Season grade: B+
Season MVP: Billy Crudup as Cory

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