Monday, May 22, 2006
Thursday, May 18, 2006
The West Wing concluded its seven-year run on Sunday night with a final episode that was sweet and nice and sentimental and... well, a little boring. What, two seconds each of Josh, Donna, and Sam? Not even a glimpse of Toby? And no reunion of the remaining original cast members? Hell, even a cameo by Moira Kelly would have been something.
Instead, we get about half the episode focusing on the incoming president-elect as though this is the pilot for a spin-off that will never see the light of day. Matt Santos... gee, thanks.
I was visiting with my parents, who thankfully have TiVo (I should really give in and join the rest of this century someday), which allowed me to watch the series finale first, then go back and watch NBC's rerun of the pilot episode.
Night and day, my friends.
That pilot crackled.
It's been a few years since I first saw it (in reruns on Bravo; I've hardly ever watched a West Wing episode in first-run on NBC) and I'd nearly forgotten how exciting and juicy the show was in the beginning. I agree with those who claim it went downhill after Aaron Sorkin left (John Wells did what John Wells does... which is to turn the show into E.R.). It had lost some of its vitality even before then (that fourth season was fairly dull I just watched it on DVD a few months ago and even now I recall almost nothing about it), but until I watched the pilot again, I hadn't realized how much it had gone downhill between the premiere and Sorkin's final episode.
You can tell right away that Rob Lowe thought this was going to be his show and in a way, much as I love the entire cast, especially Bradley Whitford and Richard Schiff, I wish it had been Lowe's show, or at least a little more his and a little less Martin Sheen's. By the time Lowe left the series (mock all you want, but you can really blame him?), his character, Sam, was reduced to a background decoration. All of the intriguing storylines with Sam and the callgirl, and later Leo's daughter, went the way of the dinosaur as Bartlett's righteous glory became the focal point. Bad decision.
Still, I cherish the up-tempo West Wing episodes and the first three seasons are still quite good, if inconsistent. Which might be why I'm insanely stoked to see Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip. If the 30-second teaser they ran during the West Wing finale didn't tantalize me (it did), this six-minute preview makes me positively drool. It's so rife with possibilities, so bursting with potential... and, I admit, I'm filled with terror that Sorkin will blow it. There are so many ways it could go utterly wrong... but I have faith in the man, so I'm gonna give him the benefit of the doubt and cross my fingers until the fall.
Meanwhile, here's an early draft of the pilot script. God, don't you love the Internet?
Sunday, February 26, 2006
j'adore tellment les patiserries je vous ai trouver des images qui vous donnerons l'eau a la bouche.
delicieux hein? des patisseries digne d'une heritiere.
Thursday, December 01, 2005
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