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The West Wing

Thu Oct 05, 2000 12:32 pm

Here on the Pacific Coast, I am about to head downstairs to watch the season premiere of The West Wing on NBC (yeah thats NBC, Surf  ).
If you watched it, what were your opinions? I have high expectations after that season finale...
 
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RE: The West Wing

Thu Oct 05, 2000 12:34 pm

Oops... after reading the admin's post, I thought it would work to put "bold" HTML tags in the topic...hehe I guess I was wrong....  
 
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RE: The West Wing

Fri Oct 06, 2000 12:55 am

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
 
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RE: The West Wing

Fri Oct 06, 2000 8:41 am

I agree with you about Sorkin. Masterful.
The backflashes were confusing at first, but all came together toward the end. The humor was pretty good, as it usually is on the show.
Can't wait to see the rest of the West Wing season!
 
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RE: The West Wing

Fri Oct 06, 2000 9:16 am

Thank god there's another "The West Wing" fan here!  

- Neil Harrison
 
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RE: The West Wing

Fri Oct 06, 2000 1:21 pm

Yeah... though I do not agree with the philosopy of the Bartlett Administration, it is only a TV show, and I won't let that prevent me from watching. Martin Sheen's character does seem much more ethical and "clean" than our current administration, and I do agree with you that if we only had a president like him... maybe work would get done and we wouldn't be focusing on scandals and such.
Anyway... the first season was great and I am sure the best is yet to come.
 
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RE: The West Wing

Fri Oct 06, 2000 1:30 pm

Saw it and liked it very much. Josh (Lyman?) is my favorite charcter so I was slightly dismayed that he was the one so injuried. He and Rob Lowe are a really neat duo, Toby and Leo are great also. terrific cast.
 
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RE: The West Wing

Fri Oct 06, 2000 1:39 pm

Ditto on the cast, and, yes, Josh's last name is Lyman. The whole cast, right down to Josh's secretary, is full of witty, professional actors who make the show almost perfect.
I think Josh will pull through... he is a big part of the show and I don't think Sorkin would cut him out of it.
 
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RE: The West Wing

Fri Oct 06, 2000 11:08 pm

I think that Josh will pull through this. Sorkin has no plans to write him out the script. Bradley Whitford is such a heavy hitter (a big name) that he would be cut out in the second season; Sorkin has too much to lose.

I've remembered the name of Josh's secretary, it's Donna. I don't know what her last name is.

I think that Admiral Fitzwallice is going to be seen very infrequently. If you remember "Fitz" was the black Admiral who projected a kind of 'grandfather' apparence and always spoke from the 'right point of view.' John Amos, the guy who plays Fitz, is taking up a regular role on a CBS series. I'm not sure of the name. I'm going to miss his character.

Ah... Mandy *sigh* I don't think she's going to be seen in the new season. Thank god for that! I think I've heard some rumors that she met an 'untimely demise.' Let's hope it's violent, bloody, and painful.   I think it was surprising that she wasn't anywhere to be found in the season premere as she was practicing with the President just a few hours before for the 'town hall meeting'. Then again: Sorkin is known for his continuncy problems!  

- Neil Harrison
 
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RE: The West Wing

Sat Oct 07, 2000 11:19 am

Refresh my mind, will you? Who is Mandy again? Is she the deaf woman? If so, she was starting to get irritating.
 
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The West Wing - Mandy

Sun Oct 08, 2000 1:46 am

Mandy was the annoying black haired political consultant who knew Josh really well.

If you can remember she was the one who leaked that memo about how to defeat the President. She used to play for the other side.

I kinda like the new deaf girl, who is going to replace her.

- Neil Harrison
 
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RE: The West Wing

Sun Oct 08, 2000 7:35 am

Ohhhh... ok- now I remember. Thanks.

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