Monday, July 31, 2006

Goodbye West Wing

I watched the final ever episode of The West Wing last night. As expected I blubbed like a girly. The performances were all superb but special praise must go to Martin Sheen, Stockard Channing and Allison Janney. It was a perfectly pitched episode and a truly fitting end to the series.

I think part of the reason The West Wing was so popular was because it was politics as we wanted it. The President was a good man and was surrounded by good people. Everyone had a strong sense of morality which drove everything that they did. Some Republicans were shown as the "bad guys" but others, notably Ainsley Hayes, Cliff Calley and Arnold Vinnick were portrayed as equally patriotic and morally driven as the Democrat "heroes".

The West Wing offered the promise of what politics could be and could do. And it was brilliant entertainment with outstanding actors and scripts.

I'll miss it.

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