?

Log in

No account? Create an account

Previous Entry | Next Entry

The West Wing

If you didn't catch last night's West Wing (or don't care at all about West Wing), you should skip this post. That doesn't change the fact that it has been completely awesome as of late.

Recently on West Wing, Vice President Hoynes resigned over publicity about his marital infidelity. Last week, President Bartlet's youngest daughter was kidnapped.

This week, President Bartlet decided that he couldn't function as President while his daughter was being located and the perpetrators brought to justice. So, he invoked the 25th Amendment and stepped down from power.

Bartlet: a very liberal Democrat. Next in line of succession: Speaker of the House, a very conservative Republican. Writing something like that takes a lot of guts. Wow.

The truly kickass part is that the role of the SotH, now President, is played by John Goodman, a truly superlative actor. It also lays the ground for excellent parody, considering how long he was on Roseanne. I'll let you draw that mental image yourself.

This week has been a good week for TV in the Cohen household, what with West Wing and Buffy. I'm hoping the Enterprise stuff that taped yesterday is also good...it'd be nice to have a hat trick of good tv.

Comments

( 25 comments — Leave a comment )
drmellow
May. 15th, 2003 08:45 am (UTC)
YES! I really dug it.
morganminstrel
May. 15th, 2003 09:07 am (UTC)
There are rumors going around....
...that this and the past few weeks of scripts are Aaron Sorkin's way of saying, "Fuck you for forcing me out--deal with this!" After last night, I believe it. ;-)

Yeah, it was a fantastic episode, but I'm not sure how much "courage" it took for a show-runner who's leaving to put through all this change at the last minute....
sethcohen
May. 15th, 2003 09:32 am (UTC)
Re: There are rumors going around....
Aah. I wasn't aware he was leaving, or being forced out. In either case, Joss Whedon seems to be available now... :)
morganminstrel
May. 15th, 2003 09:37 am (UTC)
Re: There are rumors going around....
Well, officially he's "leaving." Unofficially, a lot of people believe he was asked to leave.

They've got a new show runner--the guy behind ER. (John Wells? I think?)
sethcohen
May. 15th, 2003 09:55 am (UTC)
Re: There are rumors going around....
Huh. I wonder why he would be asked to leave. Must be conflict between him and the producers or network...nothing else makes sense.
morganminstrel
May. 15th, 2003 10:12 am (UTC)
Re: There are rumors going around....
Well, there was the drug arrest, all the very late scripts that cost the production company a lot of money and a lot of badmouthing NBC in the press....
sethcohen
May. 15th, 2003 10:16 am (UTC)
Re: There are rumors going around....
Aah. See, I wasn't aware of those details. Very interesting. It all begins to make sense now.
estherchaya
May. 15th, 2003 12:36 pm (UTC)
Re: There are rumors going around....
You're not thinking of Michael Crichton are you?
morganminstrel
May. 15th, 2003 12:41 pm (UTC)
Re: There are rumors going around....
No, the guy who was there from the beginning and took over once Crichton and Speilberg got bored and left.
estherchaya
May. 15th, 2003 12:43 pm (UTC)
Re: There are rumors going around....
Okay. Good.
allah_sulu
May. 15th, 2003 11:47 am (UTC)
Re: There are rumors going around....
In either case, Joss Whedon seems to be available now... :)

Is he going to get more involved with Angel and/or develop new projects? I did read that a bunch of Buffy people would be joining the Angel crew; writers and such.

sethcohen
May. 15th, 2003 08:31 pm (UTC)
Re: There are rumors going around....
No idea, but I expect that we'll be able to find out what he's doing Real Soon Now.
allah_sulu
May. 16th, 2003 04:54 am (UTC)
Re: There are rumors going around....
You know how much TV I watch -- I've never seen an episode of West Wing in my life. So I got a chuckle the first time I saw the sticker on Vicki's car: "My President is Martin Sheen". The only time I've seen Sheen as President was in The Dead Zone where he started World War III ("The missiles are in the air, halleluia!")
sethcohen
May. 16th, 2003 07:10 am (UTC)
Re: There are rumors going around....
I know how much TV you watch...but I can hope to bring you around to my way of thinking. :)

West Wing is a big load of liberal claptrap. I enjoy it, because it's a dream. However, I figured I might be able to bring you around by pointing out that they've ousted the liberal and we now have a conservative running things. However, since it was the season finale, you don't have to pay attention for a few months. :)
allah_sulu
May. 16th, 2003 07:23 am (UTC)
Re: There are rumors going around....
I've never avoided something just because it was liberal claptrap -- after all, that describes far too large a segment of Hollywood's output. It's only when the liberal claptrap is not supported by good writing/acting/production/etc. that there's a problem. Sort of the difference between original series Star Trek, which always had liberal subtext (anti-war episodes, anti-racism episodes, pro-choice episodes, and so on), and Next Generation where the message was the show, with the subtlety of a sledgehammer. In any event, one of these days someone will lend me a season one boxed set of West Wing and I'll check it out -- but I'm not planning to jump into the series at this advanced point.
sethcohen
May. 16th, 2003 07:31 am (UTC)
Re: There are rumors going around....
Okay, now I know what to get you for a wedding present... *snicker*
allah_sulu
May. 16th, 2003 07:39 am (UTC)
Re: There are rumors going around....
I did say "lend". I assume you and/or Vicki will eventually own it yourselves. And everyone is buying up Buffy DVDs. Last time I was up at Simian Hill, I was asking Karynya which series they were buying -- I don't think it makes sense for all of us to buy Buffy/Angel, so I'm going to go after B5 and Red Dwarf DVDs and then we can all trade.
sethcohen
May. 16th, 2003 07:44 am (UTC)
Re: There are rumors going around....
That's reasonable. Besides, I already have your wedding present. I figured "Get out of Jail Free" was too optimistic, so I got you "Get away from Jim for Free" cards...
allah_sulu
May. 16th, 2003 07:48 am (UTC)
Re: There are rumors going around....
A>And everyone is buying up Buffy DVDs.

I got the first season first, but haven't bothered to buy anymore since I know a number of other people with them. So instead, I bought a few anime boxed sets that I had my eye on; and Jim's been enjoying them.

SC>I figured "Get out of Jail Free" was too optimistic, so I got you "Get away from Jim for Free" cards...

Wow -- I know what the street value of those is. Thanks!

sethcohen
May. 16th, 2003 08:01 am (UTC)
Re: There are rumors going around....
We have the first 3 of Buffy, and we'll be getting 4 as soon as it's available. Angel is on our list too, but since only Season 1 is available, we're not in as much of a rush.

Enjoy the cards. Er, the fine print on them says 'satisfaction not guaranteed'...
allah_sulu
May. 16th, 2003 08:05 am (UTC)
Re: There are rumors going around....
I think J&K have all three Buffies and Angel. Buffy season six is out in England/Australia; I think they were considering ordering imports rather than wait for the US to catch up at one point -- but I haven't heard yet that they've done it. Of course, they have an all-region player.

'satisfaction not guaranteed'

Whose satisfaction? Mine or Jim's?

sethcohen
May. 16th, 2003 08:08 am (UTC)
Re: There are rumors going around....
Of course, they have an all-region player.

So, they can watch any damn thing they want. Bastards.

Whose satisfaction? Mine or Jim's?

It doesn't specify. The large print giveth, and the small print taketh away...
allah_sulu
May. 16th, 2003 08:18 am (UTC)
Re: There are rumors going around....
Q's DVD player also plays British (region 2) DVDs.
mscongeniality
May. 15th, 2003 09:12 am (UTC)
I haven't been watching lately...wow, I've been missing out!

jasonpollack
May. 16th, 2003 02:04 pm (UTC)
25th amendment...
Wow! First President David Palmer gets kicked out of office, then President Bartlet steps down. That 25th amendment is getting a lot of attention this TV season...

-J-

P.S. I've never seen West Wing. I hear a lot of people enjoy it. I have a hard time imaging that I would though...
( 25 comments — Leave a comment )