thepilot
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Any West Wing Fans?

Wed Aug 02, 2006 7:32 am

Hey all,

I know that the show is now over, but is anybody here a fan of the show? I personally think it is brilliantly written, and filled with great actors. I have watched the first four seasons and am on to season 5. Josh, Sam, Donna, Bartlet, and Margaret (Leo's secretary), are my favorite characters.

Thanks.
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piercey
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RE: Any West Wing Fans?

Wed Aug 02, 2006 9:04 am

It was a great show, still miss it. Oh well, now to watch psych on Friday nights.
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NeilYYZ
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RE: Any West Wing Fans?

Wed Aug 02, 2006 10:06 am

I loved the show even though I didn't like the politics of it. I just like seeing different interpretations of how governments work. Too bad it's over, but it was time for it to go.
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scamp
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RE: Any West Wing Fans?

Wed Aug 02, 2006 9:38 pm

Yeah, the quality of the show, especially the writing, suffered after Sorkin left. It was a great show in its time...and the politics RULED!
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deltagator
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RE: Any West Wing Fans?

Wed Aug 02, 2006 10:15 pm

Quoting Scamp (Reply 3):
Yeah, the quality of the show, especially the writing, suffered after Sorkin left.

Very true. It was a great show and then did the classic "jump the shark" when he left. The schedule didn't always match up with me watching it but if it was on and I was free I would watch it.

Quoting Scamp (Reply 3):
and the politics RULED!

We'll agree to disagree here but then what sort of character do you expect Sheen to play. I love how they had Alan Alda, one of Hollyweird's biggest liberals, play the evil, mean Republican.
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Doona
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RE: Any West Wing Fans?

Wed Aug 02, 2006 11:01 pm

Quoting DeltaGator (Reply 4):

We'll agree to disagree here but then what sort of character do you expect Sheen to play. I love how they had Alan Alda, one of Hollyweird's biggest liberals, play the evil, mean Republican.

Hey, Martin Sheen even said that he could never be President Bartlett in real life, since Bartlett is far too moderate for his tastes...  rotfl 

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RichardPrice
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RE: Any West Wing Fans?

Wed Aug 02, 2006 11:04 pm

The first 4 seasons are the better ones, after that Aaron Sorkin got bored and left the series. However, it was still a good show after and I much enjoyed it!
 
deltagator
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RE: Any West Wing Fans?

Thu Aug 03, 2006 12:43 am

Quoting Doona (Reply 5):
Martin Sheen even said that he could never be President Bartlett in real life, since Bartlett is far too moderate for his tastes

I haven't heard that but it doesn't surprise me coming from him. Great actor, debateable politics but then the same could be said about me as well...except the great actor part.  Wink
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pawsleykat
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RE: Any West Wing Fans?

Thu Aug 03, 2006 1:14 am

I didn't find it, the episode of it that I watched, that good. My mum and Aunt Marie are however, big fans!  Smile

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cannibalz3
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RE: Any West Wing Fans?

Thu Aug 03, 2006 4:47 am

I love the West Wing. I just finished watching the entire 1st season, and I've seen most of the other seasons. While the writing is snappier and wittier than I'm sure people really speak in the White House, the issues they face and the tactics they use to deal with them are, I'm told, valid. As long as we understand that that's not really the way the White House works (suspended disbelief) then it's a great show
 
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RE: Any West Wing Fans?

Thu Aug 03, 2006 8:10 pm

I admit to being a complete addict. Favourite actor has varied, but probably 'Toby' gets the vote as the quintessential sharp-tongued New Yorker wandering the genteel streets of DC...I'll never forget his central role in the 'dead veteran' episode in the First Series, especially the final scene with the cross-cutting between the kids' carol recital and the Arlington military funeral.

One pet hate - the way the US military are always portrayed as supremely efficient, and the President is shown as being in constant touch with every operation from the Incident Room, with full information up to and including live TV coverage. I had the privilege of working with the US Army in a couple of exercises, and found that they were every bit as good as us at stuffing things up. Indeed, sometimes they seemed even better at it than we were.
"Once you have flown, you will walk the earth with your eyes turned skywards.." - Leonardo da Vinci
 
itsjustme
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RE: Any West Wing Fans?

Thu Aug 03, 2006 8:33 pm

I have been a fan of the show ever since catching a "West Wing Marathon" on Bravo in 2001. I just happened to be channel surfing and saw the opening scene of the Pilot and decided to give it a try. 15 minutes into the program, I was hooked. Ironically, thanks to a friend who writes for another John Wells production, I was treated to a tour of the West Wing set a couple years ago and got to sit in on a taping. I met (the late) John Spencer who was just a genuinely nice man, Bradley Whitford and a few others ("CJ" is one tall drink of water!). But I had to leave the set when it came time for Richard Schiff ("Toby") to shoot a scene. He apparently is very selective about who is allowed on the set while he is working and anyone who doesn't need to be there must leave. If I had to choose a favorite episode, it would be In Excelsis Deo. The final scene at Arlington with the children singing "Little Drummer Boy" still gets me. "Two Cathedrals" (Mrs. Landingham's funeral) comes in a close second.
 
TSV
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RE: Any West Wing Fans?

Thu Aug 03, 2006 11:31 pm

Yes definitely a fan (or two) here.

Seeing the screening of the West Wing has been so stuffed up in regional Australia (mixed up sequences of episodes and even series) I bought the boxed sets as they were available (and even on special) and watched them on weekend and "time off" marathons. Up to series 6 now and have had a peak at the website to see how it all develops and ends.
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EasternSon
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RE: Any West Wing Fans?

Thu Aug 03, 2006 11:57 pm

Quoting Itsjustme (Reply 11):
saw the opening scene of the Pilot

There's always been something that bothered me about the pilot episode. In one of the first scenes, Richard Schiff's character, Toby, is flying in an airplane and is trying to reassure another passenger. He says something to the effect of "This is an L1011 aircraft manufactured in 1993, and has the latest avionics and flight control systems..."

I guess I shouldn't be too surprised that they go something like that wrong, but coming from a show that usually tries very hard to be accurate about simple facts...

Anyway, I love the show. I can still watch any episode, any time, and be moved and inspired.
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