Mister Brains! Mister Brains!
Mister Brains, I have a question!
Haha, you always do, Timmy. You always do.
Mister Brains, is there life on Mars?
That's an excellent question, Timmy. Scientists have been wondering that for centuries.
Gosh, Mister Brains! Do you know the answer?
Well, it's funny you should bring this up, Timmy. You see, ... read more
"This isn't working anymore." – Bartlet
Among the numerous flaws of The West Wing's fourth season, one that I've most consistently noted has been the relative lack of freshness and originality. Too many elements have been recycled from earlier seasons, and there are even full episodes (["4x11"], for example) that feel lik... read more
Television, as the current deluge of shows across broadcast, cable, and the Internet can attest, is quite the hungry beast, constantly in need of new ideas to freshen and sustain a year-round schedule. And with millions of dollars at stake each time a new series premieres, it's understandable that network executives would be skeptical about trying... read more
"But seriously, I have a way normal life for a teenage girl." – Cher
The success of a film can be deceiving.
Over twenty years after its original theatrical release, Clueless is still stunningly popular. The film has developed a strong cult following. "As if!" has entered the national lexicon. A new generation of adolesce... read more
"I screw with them all the time." – CJ
There's a fine line between the Sorkin and Wells eras. It's a line that denotes a shift in tone, a change in dialogue. In certain cases, it denotes a rewriting of character and a retread of plot. Though The West Wing goes through many changes over its seven-season run, none are quite... read more
"What the hell kind of free world are you running?" – Abbey
Begin at the end. For Abigail Bartlet, you'll find it in ["5x16"]. It's not her last appearance, of course, but it's her last key episode in the series, the one that rounds out her miniscule arc. The episode in question gave us Abbey doing what she does best: Using her ... read more
"The doctor got into medical school." – Lauren #2
The West Wing covers a wide array of political topics, ranging from the political and social to the economic and global. As I've mentioned several times in the past, however, these topics are means to an end. They exist to embellish the world of the series, to build its ch... read more
"Gotta give us points for our candor." – Elsie
As someone who prioritizes character and thematic development over storytelling mechanisms, I tend to be forgiving of plot contrivances. Characters need a plot to drive them forward, after all, and themes won't be delivered without a solid base to stand them on. So long as th... read more
Life feels pretty short, doesn't it? There's never enough time to go all the places we see, or meet all the people we want to meet, or watch all the TV shows we want to watch. That last fact is especially heartbreaking, but it's true: there's just too much great television, and not enough time to consume it all.
And that's a problem when it comes ... read more
"I like to think I have a certain flair." – Will
The two-part "Inauguration" begins, appropriately enough, on Inauguration Day, plunking us down in the middle of the proceedings that herald the dawn of Bartlet's second term. This setting is only temporary, however; following the teaser, we are whisked back to the week prior and ... read more