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[WEST WING] Posted August 23, 2015 (Sunday) -Jeremy G.

"You wanna get hit over the head?" – Amy

It's with no small amount of displeasure that I sit down to write about "The Women of Qumar". Not every West Wing episode up to this point has been great, to be sure, but even the weaker ones have managed to work on at least a few substantial levels. Not so in this case. "The Women... read more

[WEST WING] Posted August 16, 2015 (Sunday) -Jeremy G.
"There's absolutely nothing I can do for you." – CJ

Straw-men. Mustache-twirlers. One-dimensional. These words and more can be justifiably used to describe many of the antagonists Bartlet and company face on a regular basis. I'm not even singling out the Republican characters here – even the battles between the left and the fa... read more

[DEKALOG] Posted August 13, 2015 (Thursday) -guttersnipe
"Everyone has his reasons." - Jean Renoir

When discussions about the greatest television series arise (as they are wont to do), rarely are anthology series considered part of the upper echelon. One typical reason for this quite simple: qualitative inconsistency. Another is that the template for the anthology suggests that the stori... read more

[WEST WING] Posted August 9, 2015 (Sunday) -Jeremy G.
"A life is saved. A window's broken." - Abbey

The average script for an hour-long network drama runs about forty to fifty pages. Not so with The West Wing. Under Sorkin's pen, scripts typically exceed seventy pages, and it shows. Characters talk fast, and they talk constantly. The dialogue fuels the show – and we should al... read more

[BLOG] Posted August 5, 2015 (Wednesday) -Jeremy G.
"You guys really wouldn't hurt me. Because that would be so clichéd. (Gets picked up.) Oh, I guess you're fans of the cliché." – Seth

What is the subtle distinction between good television and quality television? Do you draw the line at cable-produced prestige dramas? Do you expand the gap to include high-profile network serie... read more

[WEST WING] Posted August 2, 2015 (Sunday) -Jeremy G.
"Green Bay lost. She was nine years old." – Bartlet

The West Wing is not, nor will it ever be mistaken for, an antihero drama. (That is, unless you happen to be a super-right-winger.) In a fact that's become more clear in recent years, it is an exception to most great 21st-century great dramas, which focus on the darker asp... read more

[WEST WING] Posted July 26, 2015 (Sunday) -Jeremy G.
"Well… we're afraid of everything." – Josh

"On the Day Before" centers around a reception at the White House. No, seriously. Watch it again.

It's weird, given that episodes like ["1x07"] and ["2x03"] have already shown Bartlet and Co. taking part in gala events, but the function that "On the Day before" is focused on is never s... read more

[WEST WING] Posted July 19, 2015 (Sunday) -Jeremy G.
"We might want to think about putting this fire out." – Sam

"Ways and Means" is a very busy episode, thanks in great part to the amount of story the previous episodes have saddled it with. Not only does the Bartlet administration have to contend with the ramifications of the MS scandal, but they're also in the process of launchin... read more

[FILM] Posted July 15, 2015 (Wednesday) -Jeremy G.
"No one gets left behind."

There's a hard, cynical edge separating 21st-century animated films from their 20th-century counterparts. This can be largely attributed to DreamWorks, which Shrek-tacularly reinvented the fairy tale genre around the turn of the century, leading to an endless parade of animated films that consist of wise-g... read more

[THE INSIDE] Posted July 14, 2015 (Tuesday) -Noah

I want to rave about "Pre-filer". It's Tim Minear's take on the "killing serial killers" sub-sub-genre of the "serial killer" sub-genre of the American crime show genre. (Whew.) As is to be expected, it's the best thing I've ever seen done in it's class. The final 15 minutes in particular are among the best in the series. But "Pre-filer"'s middle ... read more

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