The Newsroom

The Newsroom is a relatively new TV series, about the life of a news anchor who’s trying to ‘do news well’ – and it’s phenomenal. I just finished watching the 1st series last night, and I can honestly say that it’s the best TV series I’ve seen in years. The writing, by Aaron Sorkin (of The West Wing fame), is phenomenal, the acting is superb all-round with an incredible performance by Jeff Daniels, and the entire thing just ticks every box for me. It’s interesting, exciting, full of plot-twists and tensions, likable good guys you root for, villains you boo, and like real life – characters who are neither purely good nor bad, they’re both.

As for downsides, there are few. It does have a few characters who can be annoying at times, and (not being American) some of the more US-centric references mean little to me, but even with the occasional rough-edge, it’s still probably the best, most enjoyable and engaging show I’ve watched in years. Also, there’s a second season in the works, which I’m delighted about.

Highly, highly recommended.

The Lost Room

I’ve been pretty busy prepping all my new networking and programming classes of late, but in my downtime (and really only over the last couple of days) have managed to watch The Lost Room (Careful: Link contains spoilers!) – a sci-fi mini-series about a guy who finds a key that’ll open any door and transport you to any other door that you can picture in your mind… So for example, you can picture a door you’ve used on a holiday or such, and then use the key to open any door around you and come out there… It’s rather neat!

But oh noes! The guy’s daughter gets lost in the motel room that’s always linked to the key, and he has to try and find a way to get her back by finding other objects that do all sorts of mundane/bizarre/amazing stuff, and tracing it all back to where the objects came from and how they can be used together in weird & wonderful ways…

It’s only six episodes in total (so it’s not like it’s a major time commitment), it’s got Peter Krause (Nate!) in it – who’s always awesome, and it’s really rather good!

IMHO, that makes it definitely worth checking out! :)