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The West Wing: The Complete Fifth Season

Martin Sheen , Rob Lowe , Alex Graves , Bill D'Elia    NR (Not Rated)   DVD
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Two administrative changes rocked The West Wing's fifth season. Offscreen, the ship of state steered a tad off-course with the departure of series creator Aaron Sorkin and director Thomas Schalmme. Onscreen, President Josiah Bartlet (Martin Sheen) relinquished the power of his office to Speaker of the House Glenallen Walken (John Goodman) in the wake of his daughter's kidnapping. In the season opener, "7a WF 83429," Josh Lyman (Bradley Whitford) wonders if this wasn't a mistake. What if the citizenry prefer Walken to Bartlet, he ponders. What if Walken comes off more presidential? Is he kidding? Sheen's Bartlet is the president of Hollywood's dreams, and the stuff of Rush Limbaugh's nightmares. (In a character profile included as one of the bonus features on this six-disc set, Bartlet is described as an amalgam of John F. Kennedy, Jimmy Carter, and Bill Clinton!). Not to worry, though, Bartlet is back in the Oval Office by the end of the season's second episode, "The Dogs of War." The next order of business: choosing a vice president to replace the disgraced John Hoynes. Enter Gary Cole as "Bongo Bob" Russell, who, as the season unfolds, will confound misperceptions of him. Hoynes himself (Tim Matheson) returns in "Full Disclosure," in which the former vice president dishes dirt on Bartlet and chief of staff Leo McGrarry (the late John Spencer) in advance of a tell-all book. Formidable and usually unflappable press secretary C. J. has an intensely personal reason to spearhead damage control and thwart Hoynes' publishing plans.

Allison Janney, as C. J. earned The West Wing's sole Emmy this season. One of her showcase hours is "Access," a format-breaking episode presented as a Frontline-type "day-in-the-life" documentary. Other memorable episodes that helped to right The West Wing's course include "The Supremes," featuring Glenn Close as a Supreme Court nominee; the battle-of-wills episode, "Shutdown"; "Gaza," in which Donna (Janel Moloney) is severely wounded during a fact-finding mission to the Middle East; and "Memorial Day," a flashback episode that echoes "Bartlet for America" from season 3, and which ends the season on a strong note, and almost make viewers forget the Sesame Street Muppet cameos in the episode, "Eppu Si Muove." Almost. --Donald Liebenson

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Follow the drama when the government is temporarily passed from a Democratic Administration to the Republican Speaker of the House, as President Bartlet copes with the kidnapping of his youngest daughter, Zoey.


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5.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as the other seasons April 14 2014
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Personally this season its not one of my favorite, probably because cute "Sam Seaborne" - Rob Lowe isn't in the show anymore, not that that is the only reason to watch the show...
The story lines are getting so what the same, and the president is getting older and he's MS is now taking it's toll on he's body and his ability it work.
Still I love this show, and love the acting and the drama of it. It's very fast pace.
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5.0 out of 5 stars very pleased Dec 31 2012
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Love it!!! I ordered this for a gift came in earlier than expected and in great condition.
They just loved it

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3.0 out of 5 stars Poetry vs Prose April 4 2012
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The difference between the first four seasons and the last three is the difference between poetry and prose. The dialogue is not nearly as brilliantly witty, nor as movingly heartfelt. The 5th season in particular features a distinctly tired, sour,and mean-spirited tone. For all that, pretty decent prose, and you still care about what happens to the characters and where they will end up. And still better written than most of its contemporaries.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Westwing revisited April 20 2011
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Thsi was the first season without Aaron Sorkin and it shows. The pace is a lot slower the dialogue rather dull and the story lines not at all engrossing. A side benefit is no commercials so that helped keep ones interest where the original didn't most of the time. If ytu are a fan of the West Wing it is worth buying this 5th season for comparison particularly if you are going to get Seasons 6 and 7!
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