I lurked at TWOP when I was watching Season 4 as it aired. One of the memorable things that I read on those forums was this day-after-reaction to this episode from a poster. I paraphrase: The episode started as a screwball comedy and evolved to a "Whodunit" mystery and finished as a Shakespearean drama. Yup, that's ( Life on MarsCollapse )
Onto the final four episodes of S4 and the last four episodes of the Sorkin/Schlamme partnership. How the time has flown. Anyway, Sorkin and Schlamme were on their A-game for the last four episodes. This is actually the least awesome of the four but all four upcoming episodes are filled with humor, heart, intelligence and perfect character work. Leaving or not, Sorkin and Schlamme tended to do brilliantly at the end of their seasons and I don't even think that the last four episodes of S4 top the last four episodes of S2 or S3. Still, there's high-quality stuff ahead. It's so great that I couldn't fit my whole recap in one entry despite my best efforts to cut. So notice that there's a Part II.
I love this episode. It's not a classic like the next four episodes (where I intend to party with hyper-meta and flailing because Evidence of Things Not Seen through 25 calls out for that. Still, this is a fun episode with layers of important meaning. Hence, I wrote a *ton* of meta on this puppy. It came pouring out.
I had always been fond of but rather ambivalent about this episode. However, recapping it gave me a new appreciation for the episode. There's a lot of meat and good stuff in this deceptively silly episode. I will now rate it much more highly.
Last episode with Sam Seaborn until Season 7. Momentous occasion. I do feel that this episode fails as a send-off for Sam. As an episode, it's well-made and relatively popular. However, I do have my issues. These issues do come more meta than I expected to write on this ep! More on that in the recap:
The second to last episode with Sam, Sam, The Sunshine Man. So sad. On the plus side, road trip to Californ-i-ay! This episode is rather light on the meta. While quite fun, this ep is low on substance from where I would draw meta.
Now, we're on the second part of the Inauguration two-parter. Normally, I love the second part of West Wing two-parters the most. However while this episode is fun and decently written, I do think that it gets way too fluffy and saccharine and doesn't satisfactorily answer the tough moral, interpersonal, etc. questions that Inauguration Part I and other episodes through Season 4 set up.
So after the Midwest ennui of The Long Goodbye, we're back to the ensemble, witty banter, heavy politics and effervescent typicality of classic West Wing. This episode is a particularly stunning example of excellent West Wing.
So I've watched these episodes so many times that I never needed to rewatch anything before I recap. My memory is just jogged from the transcripts and screencaps. However, I haven't seen The Long Goodbye since it aired because I don't think of it was "West Wing". So I had to rewatch. Here's ( The Long GoodbyeCollapse )
My beloved underrated little gem! This episode is delightful and very underrated. I've also been bashing Donna a lot in the last bunch of picspams but nothing but love here for her. It's one of her best episodes.
I don’t like this episode either. Two sucky episodes of TWW in a row- I think this is some kind of Sorkin Years record. However, this is a slight improvement. At least, it feels like Sorkin’s West Wing for better or for worse and in this episode it’s both. That said, the episode ranges from being a snooze to an irritant except for one memorable dramatic scene and one memorable comedic scene both of which I’ll point out.
This is quite possibly my least favorite episode of the first four seasons. It’s one of the three episodes in the first four seasons not written by Aaron Sorkin and you can really feel his absence. The storylines are competent at first glance but end up being boring and inelegantly played. The dialogue is false and clunky. There’s little room for meta because the character-interactions are so weak. I’m just going to force this one out with plenty of healing bitter snark so I can move on.
I love this episode *so* much. It has basically all of the ingredients of a great TWW episode- humor, effectively mixing personal and political storylines, heart, tons of exciting storylines, character development, interesting methods of time and telling a story, etc.
This isn't quite the excitement of Josh, Donna and Toby lost in Middle America but it's a very solid episode that moves forward plots and resolves others with characteristic TWW wit and style. it's also the episode of my default icon- so points for relevancy!