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The West Wing: Season 3
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Experience the inner workings of the White House in this innovative drama series created by Emmy® winner Aaron Sorkin (Sports Night). Martin Sheen (Apocalypse Now) leads a commended ensemble cast. The West Wing continues to earn its acclaim in its third Emmy® Award-winning season. Starting with a bang -- and a boom -- the first episode deals with the aftermath of a terrorist attack, and has the White House in security lockdown. The drama continues through the season's 23 episodes, as the president and his players mine the delicate political terrain amidst personal trials and triumphs.]]>
President Bartlet's (Martin Sheen) decision to run for reelection after the disclosure of suffering MS fuels the fire for the first half of the season. Depositions are filed against the staff, minor mistakes take on more significance, and the White House consul (Oliver Platt) has the run of the table warning of worst-case scenarios. The focus soon turns to the First Lady (Stockard Channing) as the potential "Lady Macbeth" of the scandal. Channing aces her role and turns her birthday celebration ("Dead Irish Writers") into one of the season's highlights. Assistant Donna (Janel Moloney), her boss Josh Lyman (Bradley Whitford), and press secretary C.J. (Alison Janney) all have charismatic romances, but the ace supporting player this year is John Spencer as the relentlessly loyal Chief of Staff Leo McGarry. Whether delivering the hard truth, accepting the proverbial bullet for the President, or being our guide to how Bartlet ran in the first place (in another wonderful flashback episode, "Bartlet for America"), all roads lead to McGarry. Acting Emmys went to Channing, Spencer, and Janney, but the strength of this show is that the entire cast has glorious moments (Toby's taking on the President's mode of operation, Sam's belief in government, or the President's peculiarities of Thanksgiving are just a few). Recurring guest stars--the likes of Ron Silver, Tim Matheson, Mary Louise Parker, and Mark Harmon--deliver some of their career-best work. Crack writing, a breathless pace, plus you learn a bit about government. What else do you want from a TV drama? --Doug Thomas
- All 22 episodes from 2001-02 season
- "Reel-Life to Real-Life" documentary
- "A Property Master's Story" featurette
- "The Chief of Stuff" featurette
- Political Missteps - deleted scenes
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The season actually starts off with an episode entitled "Isaac and Ishmael," a stand alone episode written in response to the terrorist attacks of 9/11. Many people did not like the episode (although it has gained popularity) but I really enjoyed it. After that, the season resumes where it left off in "Two Cathedrals" (the second season finale). Ron Silver comes on as Bruno Gianelli, the campaign director for Bartlett's re-election. There are some spectacular guest appearances throughout this season (besides Silver). First is Mark Harmon, as a Secret Service Agent who is assigned to protect CJ Cregg after she receives several death threats. Also, Hal Holbrooke is great as Assistant Secretary of State Ablie Duncan.
Bartlett's opponent in the presidential race is Republican Governor Richie, a man with a President George W. Bush-type persona. Besides having to overcome his lie about his medical condition, Bartlett must compete with a candidate who seems to be more like the "average American" and he must decide whether to try and take that path, or stick with being himself, an academic liberal from New England.
All in all this is a great season, although perhaps not as consistent as the first two. The last episdoe, "Posse Commitatus," is a great finale in which the President must decide whether or not to use military foces to assisinate a foreign leader. West Wing fans should own this season as it continues on the tradition of superb writing, wit, and drama.
As for Season 3, it continues in the fine tradition of the first two seasons with delightful characters and interesting explorations of the ethical and moral problems regularly faced in government. Sorkin once again shows his mastery of the musical rhythm of dialogue, as well as his distaste for prolonged story arcs (just as in Season 2 he rapidly tried to move past the aftermath of the shooting - except in the incredible Christmas episode - in Season 3 he rapidly tries to move beyond the impacts of the President's admission of MS). Sorkin does deal with the MS implications to an extent, again providing an amazing Christmas episode . . . this time for Leo (which extended for a third year the tradition of the featured character of the Christmas episode winning the Emmy for Supporting Actor).Read more ›
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Great show about the lives of the President and his staff. A great mix of personal dynamics in a political setting. The cast is fantastic. Read morePublished 18 days ago by Kathy K. Pringle
Season 2 has been my favourite so far, but I am looking forward to finding out how the re-election pans outPublished 2 months ago by Kindle Customer
This is an outstanding series and stands the test of time. The writing is crisp and the acting superb. It really brings the world of DC to lifePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Another quality season from the producers of the "West Wing." Everytime I watch it I admire the acting and sub-plots.Published 2 months ago by Rachel and Barry
For the first 5 years of its run, this was the best series on TVPublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
The West Wing TV series is much more realistic than other TV series. The daily problems are very realistic for our time. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Donna Jean Rutledge
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