Coming Out of Left Field

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

The West Wing: "Two Weeks Out"

Finally, Vinick looks like a credible candidate again -- if not to the Republican base, at least to me. Though I do want Santos to kick butt, it's much better for the show to have some suspense. Speaking of suspense, the briefcase plot could've used a little. I know the writers probably intended it as a does-he-or-doesn't-he turning point for Vinick, but since you actually see him in California before he formally makes his decision, it wasn't much of a surprise. Still, there was some nice work from both Smits and Alda, particularly the latter.

Other comments:

-- Good for Toby to be helping out. It wasn't his fault Vinick wised up.
-- Where was Donna? Did Josh just leave her (and us) hanging after she indicated she was open to a relationship?
-- Any accusations of left-wing bias will only be stoked by the character of Jane Braun, who walks and talks like a stereotypical "values" conservative. If she were any less subtle, she'd have to switch over to "Commander in Chief."

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