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20 November 2009 @ 10:30 am
the wing and the thing  
I just watched my two favorite episodes of The West Wing, the two-parter that ended season one and began season two. An American reconnaissance pilot has been shot down over Iraq, there's a critical malfunction in the space shuttle Toby's brother is on the crew of, Josh screws up in Leo's eyes, and Charlie gets his first line into one of the President's speaking engagements. But then as they're leaving the town hall meeting, a group of gunmen open fire on the President from a nearby building. Almost all of the West Wing staff end up on the ground as a secret service agents shouts "Who's been shot? Who's been shot?" In the second part, we learn that the president and Josh are both critically wounded. As their fates emerge, we flash back to some of the moments when the characters first became a part of Bartlet's campaign, a sort of secret origins story.

Despite being a huge fan of Sports Night, these were the first two episodes of The West Wing that I watched. I just didn't think I would like it. Silly. The first part has the same title as the season one finale for all of Aaron Sorkin's shows: "What Kind of Day Has It Been." I suppose the season finale shooting was partially motivated by the writers not knowing if all the actors and actresses would be returning next year, but of course they all did come back. Jorja Fox from CSI plays one of the secret service agents, something I didn't realize the first time around.

Now I'm watching Carpenter's The Thing. Later on I'll have to catch up AMC's The Prisoner. I do love working at home on Fridays.

theballadofyoko on November 21st, 2009 12:42 am (UTC)
I used to watch isolated episodes of West Wing and loved them. Then, when I was able to Netflix Sports Night, I was pleased to see how great it was, how it was the warmup for Aaron Sorkin to do the great banter tempo that West Wing has. If I get the chance, I want to see an entire season or seven.
Diary of an Ass Monkeyassmonkeydiary on November 23rd, 2009 10:58 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I could definitely dig a re-viewing of the whole series. I missed so many of them the first time around and most of the ones I have seen stand up to multiple viewings.
Melissa, starry-eyed soy-lovin' Expatriated Zulu: Mischeviousoddharmonic on November 21st, 2009 03:18 am (UTC)
I just want to express deep appreciation for today's photo.
Diary of an Ass Monkey: amd: joslin zoomassmonkeydiary on November 23rd, 2009 10:56 pm (UTC)
Glad you liked it!
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Diary of an Ass Monkey: amd: devilish tantrumassmonkeydiary on November 23rd, 2009 10:55 pm (UTC)
Not yet. Still have the last two hours to make it through.