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The flashbacks were Sorkin's way of showing us (rather than just telling us, as eulogies would have) how pivotal Charlie was to everything that happened in the series. And that Mackenzie was his spiritual heir, and why.
Sorkin knows that TV news isn't like this, just as he knew that Washington politics wasn't like "The West Wing." But he dreams dreams that I find inspiring, that I want to believe in, and so I do. You'd think a liberal intellectual like him would be a cynic, but there's a brave naivety to his vision that appeals to me.
And maybe Sorkin is clumsy writing about relationships, but somehow I find the stupid misunderstandings and missed connections and opportunities torpedoed by the rush of young ambition to be more real than most TV romance. And what we saw about Will's feelings about being a son and a father must have come straight from Sorkin's heart.
I've rewatched Sports Night, TWW, and even Studio 60 more than once. It's wonderful to have the Newsroom to add to the cycle. Maybe it was too short and maybe it wasn't, but it feels complete, and that's a gift.
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