Tuesday, February 12, 2013

My West Wing Jones


So I am now watching The West Wing, still in season one, and I think I missed my calling. I want to work in The White House! I would have been a crack speechwriter for President Bartlet. I looooove this show. I didn't watch it when it was on television, and when I first started streaming it on Netflix, its 1999 vintage was a little blurry to this eye that had become so used to high definition on my sweet little Kindle Fire (and, no, neither Netflix nor the makers of the Kindle Fire are paying me a dime in promotion fees, though by God, they should). But by three shows in, the action appeared as hi def as anything I've ever watched, either because the technology had caught up, or because I was already so hooked on the drama, the camaraderie, the moral conundrums, the characters. Most fascinating to me is how contemporary the issues are—gun control, stimulus packages, overreach of federal power, terrorism events, bickering congressmen, political threats and deal-making, super storms, all of it seemingly ripped from today's headlines, yet the show originally aired more than a decade ago! Were the writers so prescient or has so little changed? In any case, there are seven delicious seasons, almost two hundred shows in all. I have found my next curl-up-and-escape jones for sure.



10 comments:

  1. When am I going to step into the 21st Century and join Netflix? When?

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    1. Ms. Moon, it's a great little diversion for when time hangs heavy, and I particularly love streaming it on my tablet, because you can curl up in bed or a chair and it's like holding a book.

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  2. so critical to have some juicy escapism. we just finished all 3 seasons (to date) of JUSTIFIED, and i was practically inconsolable when it ended. now what? (it's based on and produced by Elmore Leonard, who is a terrific writer. the dialogue in this is so good, witty, poignant...)
    i never saw West Wing...maybe i'll give it a first date!

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    1. Justified. Got it. And I would definitely recommend West Wing. But stick with it for three or four shows. It creeps up on you and then you're hooked.

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  3. Mine, at the time, was Supernatural

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    1. Nancy, I never watched even a single episode of that one. What was it about?

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  4. Oh, Angella! You and I are both watching it! I JUST started this week and have watched two episodes, including the pilot so far!

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    1. Elizabeth, such a treat ahead of us!

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  5. I guess this is where I have to admit that I'm addicted to so many shows, I'm reluctant to add yet another.

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    1. Vesu, The West Wing will be there. No rush. It's taken me a decade to discover it!

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