Some pig

Templeton was the name of the rat in Charlotte’s Web. Greedy, sneaky immoral, loathsome. Yet by the end of the book he performs several critical actions for the Good…maybe still motivated by greed, but doing the right thing for the wrong reasons. Sort of an anti-hero. He also, ironically, goes to the dump searching for bits of old newsprint that might be useful for Charlotte.

Is our Templeton going to contribute similarly? He gets an awful lot of screentime, more than you’d expect somebody to get just to make the trivially obvious point that “newsrooms contain ladder-climbers who will cheat to get ahead”. What is Templeton’s real role here? He’s a wild card. Like Dukie, I think the simplicity of his character early in the season is a feint to throw us off the trail of what is really going to transpire.

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2 Comments

  1. You know that no one on this show is all good or all bad, so you’re likely right, it’s going to depend on what other marbles he bounces off of.

    There the great shot in the “Dickensian” concept meeting where Gus is holding forth with a very valid point and Whitey (I know that’s not his real name) looks away from him and the camera circles around behind Whitey as he imperiously smoothes his tie, and keeps moving to include Templeton, whose eyes have been watching Whitey the whole time:

  2. I fully expect there to be more to the Templeton character than has initially been presented.

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    There’s an interesting moment in episode 3. Templeton decides to make up a quote and the camera cuts to a closeup of his face as he’s typing it. Rather than having some sort of arrogant smile, he has an expression of pure self-loathing. When he shows the quote to Gus, he’s being cocky again. He’s putting on a performance for the entire newsroom. He doesn’t actuallly think that he’s good.


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