Aaron Sorkin’s HBO drama The Newsroom has unveiled its latest promo for the show’s upcoming sophomore season. Make sure to prepare a cool glass of water before you watch. This one may make you thirsty.

The amazing ensemble cast returns for the show’s second season. They are Jeff Daniels, Emily Mortimer, John Gallagher, Jr., Alison Pill, Thomas Sadoski, Slumdog Millionaire‘s Dev Patel, the glamorous Olivia Munn and Sam Waterston.

This unusual teaser for season two places Daniels in the desert as his character, Will, examines various workplace vignettes. The video makes the cast’s carious romantic entanglements seem frivolous and silly.

Jane Fonda can be seen on a billboard, but she isn’t one of the characters wandering in the arid desert. This season’s tagline is “Together they stand alone.” That sounds ominous.

Season 2 of The Newsroom promises to revolve around the 2012 election, Occupy Wall Street and romance and drama for our friends.

“Anybody coming to it new, is not going to have much trouble picking up what’s going on,” creator Aaron Sorkin said in a recent video statement.

The Newsroom Season 2 premieres Sunday, July 14 at 10 p.m. ET on HBO. Episode one of the new season is titled “First Thing We Do, Let’s Kill All the Lawyers”. Season 1 generally drew in almost 2 million viewers with each episode, however it did see elevated ratings for the series premier and season 1 finale.

If you’re a real media-head you probably noticed that this promo parodies a good many things. Whether it draws to mind the art of Salvador Dali, Jesus Christ, Superstar, or even The Great Gatsby (you know, with Fonda’s looming billboard overhead).

Want even more symbolism? The song playing is “Can’t Pretend” by Tom Odell. Ah ha!

Tell us what you think. Is this one unusual, or totally inspired?