The Morning Show Season 2: What Went Wrong?

When the makers announced The Morning Show Season 2, I was also one of the happiest among fans worldwide. After that thrilling and edge of the seat finale starring Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon, I wanted to know what will be their equation and future in the UBA. I wanted to know the next big topic they will touch on after #MeToo in season 1.

When the first two episodes of TMS 2 were released, I enjoyed watching them. It was a good build-up for the COVID-19 pandemic, the new drama that will unfold with big changes at the UBA and Alex Levy’s (Jennifer) decision to quit her job. However, she returned after newly appointed CEO Cory’s (Billy Crudup) insistence to save the network as Bradley (Reese) wasn’t giving them enough revenue. We are also introduced to Stella (played by Greta Lee), who replaces Cory as the President of News.

I thought maybe it would focus on Alex-Bradley differences, but that was only for a few minutes. I thought maybe Cory would be called out for making rash and selfish decisions. But that didn’t happen either. With Greta Lee’s addition and how we were hinted about the racial discrimination at the TMS, I believed it would be the main highlight. Well, that stayed in the background just like the pandemic angle, which is just approaching on the show.

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The Morning Show Season 2 had put more weight on humanising sexual predator Mitch Kessler (Steve Carell) and Alex’s anxiety and panic situations. With Maggie Brener’s book soon releasing, Alex completely lost her peace. While Jennifer is terrific in those scenes, the makers wasted 5 episodes in highlighting the Mitch-Alex drama.

The story has hardly shown any progress since the last episode of season 1. Julianna Margulies entered as Laura Peterson, and her romance with Bradley is the only major and my favourite addition to the plot so far. But now, even that’s lost in the background as Mitch’s death takes the front seat with Alex’s panic mode.

There are only the last two episodes of The Morning Show Season 2 left. I don’t know where the story will go ahead. But I feel the makers didn’t have a clear idea of establishing a solid plan for season 2. They’ve utilised one entire episode on confirming whether Mitch is dead or not. That could’ve been done in 15 minutes while showing the plot moving somewhere. But at this point, my expectations are too much from the messy platter that TMS 2 is.

I still hope that the last two episodes end up being a fantastic affair. I love the show dearly and it has a brilliant star cast.

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