West Wing Special

A West Wing Special to Benefit When We All Vote 🌟🌟🌟🌟

Director: Thomas Schlamme. Cast: Elisabeth MossAllison JanneyJanel Moloney, Bradley Whitford, Rob Lowe, Martin Sheen, Emily Procter, Dulé Hill, Richard Schiff, Melissa Fitzgerald.

Watching this a stage version of an old episode of the West Wing (“Hartsfield’s Landing” – Season 3, Episode 14) all about the importance of voting in free and fair elections has suddenly brought me back several years to a time when Donal Trump was just the name of that rich prick who appeared in “Home alone 2”.

It has not been easy to re-watch the “West Wing” for the past 4 years, but this reunion with pretty much the whole cast back (minus the John Spencer, who sadly died during season 6, but which including even some those tiny recurring minor characters), has reminded me exactly why I love this series so much (it is possibly one of my favourite TV series ever).

Not because it’s a perfect show (it’s not: it can be pedantic, showy, cheesy, a bit too “America is great”), but it’s impossible not to fall in love with every character, those rousing speeches, those press conferences, all those walk-and-talk moments and every time President Barlet put on his jacket.. and I could go on for hours.

This re-imagined special episode was not only timely, but beautifully realised.

I loved everything about it. The stage direction, the live cover of the title music, the behind-the-scenes footage showing the cast laughing together, wearing masks and elbowing each other.

I almost had tears in my eyes.

I even liked those “cheesy” little interludes in between.

I think I’ve learnt more about politics from the west wing than anywhere else in the news (let alone in school, where I was probably asleep if ever that was taught), and I’m not just talking about the mechanics of it or the rules, but the true ideals of how politics should really work. 

It is a fantasy of course a sort of “romantic” and “idealised” White House but one in which I love to lose myself.

Screw everything else, I’m just going to watch it all again from start!

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