Wow! What a journey!
A few years ago, Wifey and I were looking for a new TV series to watch. I can’t remember what we had just finished, maybe Alias, BSG, another season of 24, or something.
A friend at work suggested West Wing. I thought, “What? That show about politics?” Sounds boring, probably won’t have the suspense of a law drama, or mystery of a police crime series, and definitely not the thrill of an action drama.
So we borrowed the first season on DVD from him – which was in 80s type colours and in 4:3 format! Yes, not even widescreen.
But we were hooked. The fantastic writing, getting a peak behind the scenes at the Whitehouse, the genuine acting and interplay between characters, the uplifting speeches, the dizzying single steadycam shots down corridors and through rooms (I’m sure they were walking around in circles sometimes!) Wifey and I followed the characters so closely that, yes, we formed that strange one way bond with them that TV and movie shows allow.
We did stop at the beginning of Season 5 for a while – I’m not sure what, but the overall storyline stalled and it wasn’t engaging – was it Aaron Sorkin leaving as executive producer? But other friends said we should persist, and it actually did get better. I think the whole Santos campaign storyline is so overarching with that question of whether they’ll win or not at the end, that it hooked Wifey and me in until the end.
And last night, we just finished watching the second last episode of all. 7 Series X 22 episodes a series X ~40 minutes is nearly 102 HOURS OF TV! This leaves the last episode of the last disc of the last season to watch tonight. I sense a massive TV void about to appear.
Wifey has already suggested we start all the way back at Season 1 and watch the whole thing again!!! If so, maybe I should get the Complete Series Collection on DVD (http://www.amazon.com/West-Wing-Complete-Collection/dp/B000HC2LI0)! For me, I’m thinking of starting Breaking Bad.
The West Wing Unofficial Guide – http://westwing.bewarne.com/
The West Wing Episode Guide – http://www.westwingepguide.com/
List of West Wing Episodes on Wikipedia – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_The_West_Wing_episodes