West Wing

May. 2nd, 2003 08:56 am
erilyn: (dogbert)
Still haven't gotten around to watching any of this season (maybe this weekend?) but maybe I shouldn't bother and should just fall out of the show now.

Because after this season, it's going to be West Wing Without Aaron Sorkin and Tommy Schlamme. And I'm not sure thats a show I really want to watch. Wow, this is making Rob Lowe look foresighted *g*.

On the other hand, I do get frustrated by Sorkin at times, so maybe this won't be too bad.

Bugger

Jul. 25th, 2002 09:02 am
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Huge West Wing spoiler for next season )
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"Buffy" was good this week, Willow and Tara were absolutely adorable (which is possibly without being saccharine, apparently a lesson the "Angel" writers haven't learnt).

"The West Wing" was very good, though I cringed through some of Sam's stuff (painful, but not in a crappy way), but was happy he got screen time.

"Angel" was better than last week. Which is damning with faint praise. My sister is probably going to refuse to watch it with me anymore, due to my stream of abuse directed at most of the characters. Everyone but Wesley and Groo are on my shit list. Even Lilah because )
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Because I'm very disappointed with Gunn at the moment. Not any of Wesley's business, my ass. The end of the episode was good, the rest was kind of lame.

But I was cheered up, because the West Wing episode rocked! Good use of all the characters, some favourite recurring characters popping up, good characterisation, interesting plots.

Of course, now that WW has gotten good again, there's 4 weeks with no new eps (soccer then tennis). Grrrrr.
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Ok, I'm very close to giving up on "Angel". Watching a once-favourite show shouldn't make me disappointed and depressed. Am considering going and reading spoilers to see if there's any reason to stick around.

On the bright side, West Wing was quite enjoyable. My snarkier version of the 4 words - Fitzwallace is a Republican.
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This includes some vague spoilers for both shows.

I was discussing this with [livejournal.com profile] sinbrat last night. Not parallel's so much in terms of specific characters or storylines, but in quality and the lack thereof.

This is all my opinion, and my reactions to them, naturally.

Both shows had a very strong first season (when so often first seasons have teething problems), with a very high number of rewatchable eps.

Both shows ditched a character that was in the S1 opening credits (Doyle and Mandy).

Both shows had mixed success with S2. WW started very strongly (ITSOTG), but got crappy for a while, before coming good. In Angel's case it was a up and down the whole way through. Both have problems in that they build up storylines well, but don't resolve them well/wrap them up too quickly. Angel is particularly bad at this (see Dar.

Both shows have had a marked downturn in S3. They're still watchable, but there's less substance to them. Rather than being caught up in an ep, I'll be enjoying it for the little things. And episode shouldn't be made enjoyable by Russell Crowe jokes and slashy moments, while the rest of the plot has me going 'what the fuck?' They should be the icing, not the sum total of good stuff.

The actors are still giving their all, but the writing is just not up to scratch on either show.

Both shows have had new female characters (whom most people don't like) thrust into the cast and into uninteresting relationships with a lead male (which is boring most fans). Other relationships, especially slashy ones, have been reduced/virtually eliminated.

Aaron Sorkin is an arrogant asshole. I'm not so sure about Greenwalt and Minear.
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I love Jae Gecko's ongoing episode-related (without being just re-tellings of eps with added sex scenes) Sam/Josh 'Turning' series. There's a new one up, Decay of Lying, that takes us part way through the MS arc (no spoilers for anything that hasn't aired in Oz yet). It's great, but keep in mind some of the recent developments on the show, and be warned.

Jae's site
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Post-H Con 172 short Sam-angst story from Kacey Linden (I really like how she writes Sam).

Already Falling
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Good "West Wing" last night (once Nine eventually showed it). In one of life's fun little coincidences, I was pondering various WW thoughts, including Sam/Josh-ness, put the radio on, and the Linkin Park song that was used in a Sam/Josh songvid was playing. Well, I found it amusing.

No "Angel" ep though, so my brain filled in with a Buffy-verse dream that had people sailing to places to fight other people, wacky adventures in Hong Kong, bush fires, and many other things I can't clearly remember now. Wesley and Spike got all the good lines though, I do remember that :)
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We've seen Josh and CJ kept prisoner in the Oval Office and almost in a coma while the President has been inspired by trivial matters.

We've also seen that Sam is quite the trivia buff too.

Who would cave first? Would youthful enthusiasm and stamina outstay the experience and knowledge of Bartlet? Doubt it, but I suspect Bartlet would cheat and get the secret service to remove Sam if so :)

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