Wednesday, November 10, 2021

What I’m Watching: The Morning Show

The Morning Show: Season 2, Episode 7 “La Amara Vita” (B-)

I’m not sure I can get behind the events of this episode and the general decision to bring Mitch back as a character if the ending indicates what it seems to have indicated. While this show has recently featured supporting players of color navigating the various ways in which they aren’t given the same opportunities and continue to be discriminated against, it still does center the white leads and their arcs. I’m not sure that’s a problem, but I also don’t get whether this is supposed to be a forgiveness tour for Mitch on behalf of other offenders who weren’t “that bad,” as seems to be the implication from him saying that he never meant any of it but may have still done it. It did make sense that he would be angry about Alex wanting to ensure that she didn’t end up cancelled like him and wanted to be as far from associated with him as possible. Seeing the bond that they still had was worthwhile, since it does show how people are willing to forgive things they know may be true because of preexisting relationships and memories. But Paola pushing Mitch to kiss her and that his reluctance was a sign that it was okay was more questionable, and then this episode just pivoted to scenes of sleepy driving on windy Italian roads. This show hasn’t, as far as I can remember, featured characters flashing back to what other people said as they ponder what has happened, and I’d rather a return to more literal and direct storytelling. If Mitch dies now, are we supposed to feel sympathy for him? I’m curious to see how it’s handled but also a bit puzzled about this focus and detour.

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