I missed the first episode. I hope my brother taped it!
Anyhow, I thought it was great! I think Sorkin is a masterful writer. He didn't make the second episode that gloomy and used humor in areas to lighten the situation and not at inappropriate times.
I liked how we got background on the characters. I can see now the relationship that Josh and his blonde secretary have.
I have read numerous threads on other forums bashing Sorkin's assassination episode. However, I can see what he was trying to achieve. He wants to bring the members closer together so their storylines get more complex.
I like how Sorkin is very detailed. One example is the guns used by the skinheads. When watching the assassination episode my friend remarked that they were using .357s and Desert Eagles and said "Those guns were totally wrong for what they were trying to do." In part 2 of last night's episode, Agent Butterfield remarks that "the assassins were using .357s and Desert Eagles. Those were the totally wrong guns for the job."
I have learned a lot of miscellanious facts about what happens in the White House. A few things that I thought were interesting: The eagle in the carpet in the Oval Office. He faces the olive branch in peacetime and when Congress declares war, he faces the arrows. Also, before the President goes under general anesthesia he must sign a letter relingquishing power to the Vice President. I thought that Congress must authorize this.
I think the key to this program is how methodical Sorkin is. Small details go a long way in today's world (how many times have we bashed movies that involve airplanes?).
I hope this show lives a long and fruitful life! Wouldn't it be nice if we had a president half as good as Bartlett?
- Neil Harrison