Coming Out of Left Field

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

The West Wing: "Requiem"

If there's anything good about West Wing ending this year, it's this: the show's going out on top.

This episode was stellar all-around -- excellent writing, excellent acting, and just the right mix of drama and humor. Even Leo's death was the occasion of (to quote some of the characters) celebration; I especially loved the scene in which Bartlet, CJ, Josh, and the rest trade stories about him. (I still cried at the opening sequence, though some of that may have to do with Mother's Day coming up.)

I was also impressed that instead of letting Santos coast into office (which, with so few episodes left, would be understandable), they're presenting him with thorny problems right off the bat. Too bad we won't get to see him govern, unless one of the other channels pick up the show or do a spinoff. "The West Wing: The Next Generation", anyone?

Other notes:

-- That was an odd look on Stockard Channing's face when Bartlet started telling stories at the reception. Was she ticked to be pulled away from "Out of Practice"?
-- Nice subplot with Josh-Donna and C.J.-Danny failing to hook up. Though I find it hard to believe Donna wouldn't take one look at the situation and instantly guess what was going on.
-- As for Josh, what's the matter with you? I don't care if Sam Seaborn's available, make Donna the deputy already!
-- One episode down, three to go. *sigh*

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