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A must-watch for any West Wing fan
9 October 2004
At first glance, one could be forgiven for thinking The West Wing
Documentary is yet another self-congratulatory network fusion of EPK's
and B-roll designed to create 'event' television for the promotional
convenience it affords the broadcast of re-packaged re-runs. But such
thinking is wrong. The West Wing Documentary illuminates the
fundamental appeal of the series: the hour-long weekly fantasy of a
world of noble politics where intelligence triumphs and where the ego
whilst playfully present is tamed in the interest of service,
compassion, justice and unity.
As with many dreams, one wonders just how fantastical the visions we
beheld for its duration really were. This documentary shines some light
on whence our hopes that we eagerly sustain through our consumption
of the West Wing - come and provides some forgiveness for our
delusions; we are reminded by famous politicians and daunted, ambitious
and idealistic staffers alike that these hopes and dreams exist at
least in the rhetoric and charm of the so-called real political world.
A must-watch for any West Wing fan. If only it were included with the
DVD boxed set!!!!
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