The Other Tragedy

Originally a screenplay, Aaron Sorkin's "The Farnsworth Invention" might best be suited for the medium that is its subject. The invention — one that Sorkin knows something about, having created "The West Wing" — is television.

Except for the title character — Philo Farnsworth, a

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visionary Idaho farm boy who never quite grew up — no one here resembles a fully drawn human. Such is the burden of exposition that makes the cathode ray and a patent fight the stuff of high drama.


Which assessment affirms one of the points that I've been trying to make all along: if Aaron Sorkin can't make these characters engaging, then maybe it was a lost cause all along.

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