Revisiting the West Wing

I’ve been a fan of the West Wing for a long, long while. I recently restarted watching the series, figuring I’d just do the first or second episode. And then I just got sucked in, and became comfortable with the fact that I’d be re-watching every episode, from Season 1 to Season 7 start to finish.

Mostly, I’ve watched it in small segments: 10-15 minutes in the morning, while I’m eating breakfast at the computer. 10-15 minutes over lunch. And sometimes at night, if Liz and I aren’t watching anything together.

I feel very fondly towards all of these characters. And even though I think the series peaked with Sorkin, holing up in hotel rooms to write while fueled by hallucinogenic mushrooms and cocaine… I still did enjoy the seasons after his departure.

I haven’t been much of a book reader, these last few years. But I did always have a certain set of books that I’d return to, with some frequency, over and over again. I don’t think of myself as someone who consumes a lot of multimedia (movies, streaming, videos)… but this series is one I’ve returned to, time and again.

In a lot of ways, I’m not sure what to do with myself, now that it’s over (again). I feel like I need some larger storyline to get lost in, another narrative that is equally far-reaching, equally sprawling.

I wonder what it says about me, that I’m tempted to reach for something old, instead of something new.

Revisiting the West Wing (Again)
The Definitive History of the West Wing
Seventeen People – Meticulously Illustrated Tribute to One Man’s Favorite West Wing Episode
An Oral History of The West Wing

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