ahkna: ([tww] sam sam the sunshine man)
Aaron Sorkin writes a wonderful show but he's absolutely terrible with continuity. It was bugging me so much about how they keep talking about how Zoey needed to get her forms signed for Georgetown because she was 17 yet was 19 when she started that I had to justify it to myself. Was it ever resolved on the show? Unlikely, right?

I decided that those forms were actually part of her application and then she deferred for a year. Although technically it would have made more sense if they'd said the forms were Ellie's instead of Zoey's.

Also, why are there no hi-res pictures from The West Wing? And I still want to sleep with the entire cast. Except the president. But Sam and Ainsley twice and together.
ahkna: (TWW Louise)
I've been catching up on the last three episodes of The West Wing. Yes, honestly I was ready to give up on it. I've watched this show since the very first episode, off and on. I became obsessed with it a couple of years ago (DVDs are so helpful that way) but the campaign episodes were so entirely bad that I'd given up. But I decided to watch right up to the end as a memorial to the show, and to the amazing John Spencer. I couldn't just not watch his last episodes because the writing was horrendous.

And so. I'm watching.

And instead of being in love with the entire episode I'm reduced to amusement at little things like Lou's extremely hot tattoos and the fact that as the Republicans talk about how anti-gay marriage they are, Laura Innes' name flashes across the screen as director. Does no one else find it funny that they're making homophobic Republicans sound bad right as the name of a woman who plays a hugely prominent lesbian character on NBC's most popular show pops up? Delightfully ironic, I say.
ahkna: (DH Bree & Lynette Funeral)
Rest in peace, John Spencer.

That is heartbreaking and sad.
ahkna: (TWW Old School)
So, here's where The West Wing pisses me off. Remember in the good old (Sorkin) days? There was a President, a Chief of Staff, a Deputy Chief of Staff, a Communications Director, a Press Secretary and a host of other characters with important jobs.

Now here's the thing: WHERE DID THESE JOBS GO? Presumably Cliff Calley is still Deputy Chief of Staff but other than that... These characters were always busy. Then CJ gets promoted to Chief of Staff and TOBY is the new Press Secretary? What the hell? Doesn't he have a job of his own? So they hire Annabeth Schott to help with this but now she's helping with Leo's campaign. So the entire Communcations Director job seems to have disappeared though it still exists in name because now Will has it.

How is that possible? CJ had more than a full-time job as Press Secretary and Toby had more than a full-time job as Communications Director and now the jobs seem to be and the same. Also, don't people need to be in any way qualified for these jobs? Because none of them seem to be. Incompetent fumbling does not make for good television over and over again. Josh being arrogant and incompetent as Press Secretary made for an amusing and great episode but it was only a part of it and everyone knew it was a bad idea and they had to deal wih the aftermath.

God, this show sucks so hard now but it's like watching a car crash - you just can't turn away. Plus, I'm a little in love with Lou and Donna is always good just because Janel Moloney has the best facial expressions I have ever seen.
ahkna: (TWW Josh & Toby)
Oh wow, I just watched The West Wing 7x05. The best thing about the episode came out Abbey Barlett's mouth. I put the diaglogue in question behind the cut because some people might fid it spoiler-y even though I don't think it is but it so fully gives me the right to slash Ellie Barlett as much as I want )

So Jed and Abbey just gave me the okay to slash their daughter. It makes me laugh because I totally recced an Ellie/Amy story over at [livejournal.com profile] crack_van yesterday.
ahkna: (TWW Beer Cast)
Watching early seasons of The West Wing just emphasizes how mediocre the seasons after Sorkin actually are.

"What Kind of Day Has It Been" is so perfectly put together, with the quick cut away from Jorja Fox's face to the opening credits, to the 'Who's been hit? Who's been hit?' as the screen fades to black. It's as close to a perfect episode of television as I've ever seen.
ahkna: (ACT Marcia)
It was so totally necessary for me to make Janeane Garofalo and Cheno West Wing icons. They both just look so tiny and drop dead gorgeous on the show. I'm in love with both of them.

Notice how Janeane's is dark, like her and Cheno's is bright and pink, just like her? ON PURPOSE, that's right!

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ahkna: (TWW Louise)
west wing 7x03 )

west wing 7x04 )

Final diagnosis? The West Wing is a pretty decent show when compared to other mediocre shows, unfortunately it pales in comparison to its former self. And I'm totally only watching out of the same dogged loyalty that kept me watching Buffy long after it ceased to be good.
ahkna: (TWW Beer Cast)
Randomly watching tv last night I saw an ad for that show Close to Home with the girl from Student Bodies. Who was the crazy killer woman guesting on the show? So totally Allison Smith. Mallory O'Brien apparently got over Sam Seaborn and instead starting killing because God told her to.

Still not going to bother watching it though.

ETA: Chinese food and reading "A Great and Terrible Beauty" by Libba Bray is so much more interesting than doing actual schoolwork.
ahkna: (GG Lorelai & Rory Grass)
Hey, a little West Wing meme zoinked from [livejournal.com profile] wickedlygilmore while I wait for the screaming people outside my room to go to bed.

West Wing Survey )

Tonight's Gilmore Girls )
ahkna: (SN Dana Go Away Now)
Anyways, I've been reccing The West Wing over at [livejournal.com profile] crack_van this month and I thought that I might post them here as well.

The first, which I recced on October 3rd:

Title: Laughter, and Other Things Which Make No Sense by Raedbard
Pairing: CJ/Toby/Sam
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] raedbard
Author Website: ex urbe
Why this must be read:

This story was just posted in the last two weeks so it's still new and shiny. The fic is fairly short but what it lacks in length is made up for in great Toby characterization. I imagine this is the kind of dialogue Aaron Sorkin would have written if he was writing smutty interludes. The oodles of sex is more like a backdrop for the way CJ, Toby and Sam relate to one another. Short, sweet and oddly beautiful.

Laughter, and Other Things Which Make No Sense


And the second, that I just posted a few moments ago.
Title: Ruthless by Ellen Milholland
Pairing: CJ/Ann Stark
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] quasiradiant
Author Website: quasiradiance.com (it doesn't seem to be working right now)
Why this must be read:

On The West Wing, Ann Stark was just a one-episode sneaky Republican that had been friends with
Toby for a really long time. Ellen Milholland has taken the character and fleshed her out into a fallible, sensual woman. You can hear the characters speaking the dialogue and the sexual give-and-take between CJ and Ann is so palpable you can practically feel it through the screen. Definitely worth the read and seriously hot.

Ruthless
ahkna: (ACT Teryl Cowboy Hat)
Hee! I've been on an icon making spree of late. Look at all the pretty girlses! Plus a select few of my favourite boys. Some are better than others but sometimes the public service message is more important than the prettiness. For example: Veronica/Duncan is BOH-RING!

SG1
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FIREFLY/SERENITY
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WEST WING
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CHENZEL
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DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES
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DEAD LIKE ME
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ahkna: (TWW Josh)
I finally got around to watching 7x02 of The West Wing. Is it weird that I am so completely okay with the new campaigns? I don't necessarily like the campaigns and I hatehatehate Jimmy Smits but all the characters I used to love don't even resemble themselves anymore. And I kind of want to put them to rest right now.

I want more Marlee Matlin, more Kristin Chenoweth, more Janeane Garofalo, more Janel Moloney, more John Spencer, more assistants like Carol, Ronna and Margaret, more Patricia Richardson, more Alan Alda. They are all entirely watchable in a way Allison Janney, Richard Schiff and Martin Sheen just aren't anymore.

And if you think that doesn't break my heart...uh, well, it does.

ETA: Hey, got my first 'Welcome Back to NaNoWriMo' e-mail this morning. I want to actually finish it this year.
ahkna: (TWW Beer Cast)
I've had the season premiere of The West Wing on my computer for almost a week now and I still haven't worked up enough enthusiasm to actually watch it. Even with Kristin Chenoweth in the opening credits. So, instead I've been rewatching the first season. I've seen it so many times and yet it is still appealing in way the show just can't be anymore.

It makes me hurt inside to think about it. I used to like Will, and still kind of do solely because he used to be Jeremy on Sports Night but the characters I used to love are so entirely meh. Cheno's character is fresh and appealing, which is likely to do with Cheno's ability more than the writing. I want to see Mary-Louise again because I love it when she smacks Josh around and wears furry hats.

And so, I use my cast-drinking-beer-on-the-front-stoop icon to remind me of happier times.
ahkna: (ACT Evie Beautiful)
Whoa, in a fit of insanity or something, I just deleted 50 of my userpics. Completely redoing them all, yo.

Also, no matter how many times I watch it, Season One of The West Wing is STILL amazing.
ahkna: (SATC Girls)
Look! I finally have an OC related icon to use when I post about it! And of course, it is the gorgeous and delightfully evil Melinda Clarke.
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Plus, I made a couple more. We've got my Stargate OTP, Sam/Jack:
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We've got my West Wing OTP, Josh/Sam (and how very, very gay it is):
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We've got The Bebe:
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We've got my beloved Amanda Tapping:
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We've got the obligatory Cheno-being-titorific icon:
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We've got my darling little woobie, Logan:
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And Olivia Williams because she is so fucking hot and classy and in X-Men 3
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ahkna: (Sam and Janet)
I feel like ranting a little about television right now. I keep reading and seeing several things that have just been rubbing me a little raw lately, so a rant, divided into three [mostly] unrelated topics. I have three topics: Character Development (or Stagnation), Why I Watch Science Fiction and Race in Television.

CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT (OR STAGNATION)
Fandom people bitch about inconsistent character development all the time. "How she reacts in this Season Seven episode is so out-of-character for so-and-so", etc. The one that comes to my mind first is Sam Carter from Stargate SG-1. Even Amanda Tapping complains about her being inconsistent as a character.

Another example that springs to mind is Season 5 and 6 characterization on The West Wing. I don't actually think that counts though because Josh, Leo, CJ, Donna and Toby don't resemble themselves from the Sorkin-penned earlier episodes one single iota. This isn't bad characterization, it's really bad writing. There's a difference.

I, for one, try not to complain about how Sam is acting like a mooning school girl and Leo is short tempered and podlike. In real life there is no such thing as consistency. People never react the way you think they will. People are selfish and cruel and sometimes their personalities remain stagnant for years with little or no personal growth. Ideally, our television show characters would grow as people but come on, let's just take inconsistency to be a little bit of real life thrown in.

WHY I WATCH SCIENCE FICTION
I watch science fiction because anything is possible. It's great for the imagination but more than that, death isn't permanent and the heroes always find a way to save the world. I think that's why I'm not so obsessed with Battlestar Galactica as everyone else seems to be. I mean, I love it to pieces and I'm avidly watching it but it's a very serious show.

I want to see Buffy be resurrected because she's special. I want to see Teal'c risk his life to save Jack, Sam and Daniel from hell and have them be okay. I want to see Q fuck around with Captain Picard. I love whumping more than the average girl but I like it to be better. I want everything to be right in the end.

Seriously, killing off characters permanently just for the emotional upheaval is liable to turn me off of a show. Janet Fraiser, Tara, Jadzia Dax, etc. Blurp. I want to see UST and witty/sarcastic comments when in dangerous situations and victory in the face of overwhelming defeat and the occasional episode of hysterical silliness.

I've seen enough freak deaths like Janet's and Tara's (which were freakily similar to each other, oddly) and had to deal with the heartbreak and emotional upheaval that kind of stuff brings. I can't be the only one who feels this way or the most popular shows on television wouldn't be sitcoms.

and finally RACE ON TELEVISION
Uh, yeah, so for the most part only white people and black people exist on television. And even then it's mostly white people. What the hell?

Yay! Grace Park on Battlestar Galactica, a Korean! Is it just American television or American-produced shows? Asians are hardly ever shown as regular characters, with the notable exceptions of the aforementioned Grace Park, Keiko Agena on Gilmore Girls and Ming-Na on ER and people of Middle Eastern descent? Only in the past couple of years with Naveen Andrews on Lost and Parminder Nagra on ER has anyone brown made it on American tv. And, I feel it is necessary to note, that both Parminder and Naveen have British accents (yes, I think Naveen's shines through on Lost). English accents represent class and refinement to the North American public for some reason, so that reduces them to being foreigners due to accent as opposed to colour, like television is denying that brown people live in America.

I specifically point at American shows because Canadian television doesn't seem to fall into the same sort of traps. There are shows like Metropia which is for all intents and purposes a cheesy, low-budget night-time soap but represents cultural and ethnic minorities as they appear in Toronto. North of 60 was an entire show about being Native Canadian, for goodness sakes. Edgemont had several Asian characters. And one of them was gay. Gay minorities are highly underrepresented as well.

Jeez, the only thing more marginalized then Eastern races on television is Eastern religion. Maybe I don't have the right to complain as a White Anglo-Saxon Protestant - one of the majority but it really bothers me. Maybe I'm just naive too but I want to see everyone get represented.
ahkna: ([misc] tempting felicity)
DANNY! What are you doing hanging out with Ann Stark? Aren't you supposed to be off getting CJ pregnant or winning a Pulitzer?

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Danny: The problem isn't that you're a Republican, the problem is that you're mean to Toby.
Ann: You didn't bring your own maple syrup?
ahkna: (Default)
This picture of Joshua Malina makes my heart happy.
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The answer is Yale. I know my dykes, even the pretend ones.

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And I'd never seen this picture of the Season 1 cast. Everyone seems to hate Mandy but I liked her. I liked Amy too. I don't really think their was a character I hated. I even heart Mary Marsh like crazy. I often miss Mandy and want to go to Mandyland to see her and Cathy and Ginger and Bonnie.
ahkna: (Electricity)
Thomas Schlamme and Aaron Sorkin are working together on a new movie, The Farnsworth Invention. It's old news but it makes me kind of hot. And by kind of, I mean A LOT.

I hope William H. Macy is in it. Ooh, and Flicka. Because they are both very well acquainted with The Sorkin. And, of course, Joshua Malina MUST be in it, as he is in everything Sorkin has ever done. And just so we can feel The West Wing love (also because I have been neglecting it of late) I recently found out that Joshua and Timothy Busfield (aka Danny Concannon) are brothers-in-law. HOW FUCKING CUTE IS THAT!?!

And now we must dwell on Sorkin and Schlamme's hot girlfriend/wife. *sigh* Cheno and Christine Lahti. Mrow. They are so totally a foursome. I don't even know if Sorkin and Cheno were/still are dating but I have heard rumours and this is enough for my mind to go to bad places.

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