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One of the things I did while back in the U.S. was watch the last few episodes of The West Wing. I'm pretty certain I can say that it and Coupling are the only television series I've seen every episode of, and there were a lot more of the former than the latter. Granted, that last couple of seasons of The West Wing weren't as well written as the first several. And the series finale was anticlimactic. The napkin from the New Hampshire primary was a nice touch, as was bringing Rob Lowe back for a couple of episodes. I guess I was expecting the series to go out with a bang, a la Newhart, and not a whimper.

Part of me is sad that I won't get to see how Santos fares as president, with Josh and Sam running the staff, or that I won't get to see Josh and Donna's relationship continue to blossom, finally. But I also realize that it would simply be more of the same, with inferior writing, and that the potential is far more interesting than anything these writers could do with it. (The most interesting thing about the new administration, the dynamic created by having Vinnick in the Cabinet, would be relegated, by the nature of the show, to a very minor role.) They would have failed to recapture the chemistry shared by Leo, Josh, Sam, Toby, C.J., and Charlie in those first few seasons. It's appropriate the series came to a close.

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trowa_barton
May. 23rd, 2006 03:49 pm (UTC)
This is not the series to go out with a bang due to the nature of the storyline which is the end of one Presidency and the beginning of a new one. It would be nice to see how the Santos administration handles things in its first year, but we had a pretty good idea during the first season of the show. It's all about moving on and changing. Josh now finally has Donna, his late mentor's position, and his friend Sam keeping him sane. CJ gets to have a life after leaving the White House. Charlie will continue to grow as an adult. Toby will have much to think about. And Jeb flies into the sunset.
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