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The West Wing: The Complete Second Season

Martin Sheen , Rob Lowe , Alex Graves , Bill Johnson    NR (Not Rated)   DVD
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The second season of The West Wing takes up literally where the first season left off and, after a few moments of patriotic sentimentalism, maintains the series' astonishingly high standards in depicting the everyday life of the White House staff of a Democratic administration. The two-part opener covers the immediate aftermath of the assassination attempt on President Bartlet (Martin Sheen), switching between the anxious wait on the injured and flashbacks to Bartlet's campaign for the Presidency. Other peaks in a series exceedingly short on lows include "Noel," the episode in which Alan Arkin's psychiatrist forces Josh Lynam to confront his post-traumatic stress disorder and the episodes in which President Bartlet, following a tragic car accident, rails angrily against God in Latin.

Other new aspects include the introduction of Ainsley Hayes, a young Republican counsel hired after she beats communications deputy Sam Seaborn (Rob Lowe) in a TV debate ("Sam's getting his ass kicked by a girl!" crow his colleagues), as well as the revelation that the President has been suffering from multiple sclerosis. Tensions grow between him and the First Lady (Stockard Channing) as she realizes, in the episode "Third State of the Union," that he intends to run for a second term in office. It becomes clear to Bartlet that he must go public with his MS, and his staff is forced to come to terms with this, as well as deal with the usual plethora of domestic and international incidents, which apparently preclude any of them from having any sort of private lives. These include crises in Haiti and Columbia, an obstinate filibuster, and a Surgeon General's excessively frank remarks about the drug situation. Thankfully, the splendid Lord John Marbury (Roger Rees) is on hand to make chief of staff Leo McGarry's life more of a misery in "The Drop-In."

These episodes, though occasionally marred by a sentimental soundtrack and an earnest and wishfully high regard for the Presidential office, are master classes in drama and dialogue, ranging from the wittily staccato to the magnificently grave, capturing authentically the hectic pace of political intrigue and the often vain efforts of decent, brilliant people to do the right thing. The West Wing is one of the all-time great TV dramas. --David Stubbs

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It's never politics as usual inside this Oval Office. As Season Two's 22 episodes unfold across this 4-disc set, the President and his staff have been targeted for disruption by rival politicians, soon after being targeted by would-be assassins. Yet the determined colleagues continue to serve the U.S. and its President as the administration heads through midterm elections and into a crisis that leads to allegations of criminal conduct. Presented with must-see bonus materials, The West Wing's second season won the Best Drama Series Emmy and Golden Globe Awards.


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4.0 out of 5 stars Uh, where's the widescreen May 16 2004
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Format:DVD
This DVD would have been a 5 star rating (and it is, for the content), but the widescreen is seriously off. I'm not sure if I got a faulty one (for some reason Future Shop here in Canada had it out this weekend, though the release date's not till the 18th) but there are vertical black bars on the rolling of the credits and scenes from previous episodes, and during the actual episodes, there are no horizontal bars at all (as is usually the case with widescreen). Has anyone else experienced this bizarre flaw? (And yes, all the other widescreen DVDs I have work fine with my DVD player).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Drama at its best! June 20 2004
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Words cannot express the sheer euphoria that one feel after watching the season finale "Two Cathedrals". It was drama at its finest, pure unadulterated form. Heck, I would become a US citizen if it had a president and senior white house staff as what Bartlet got. It shows what we aspire our politicians to be, what we hope they would turn out to be, in the annals of power.
Aaron Sorkin has conjured up an array of characters and their stories which defy description and blows away every other show on TV. I have never loved a series such as this, Seinfeld and CSI comes close but still nowhere near The West Wing.
Once again, you dont have to be an american to enjoy what this series has to offer. It would help to understand the political scenario a bit, but you just need to be capable of enjoying a good drama. And once in a while if you forget its all fiction and actually begin waiting for the day for people with integrity and character to serve you from the West Wing, then get out there and vote them in to power.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Still going strong June 13 2004
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I had only seen perhaps one show, about a year ago (to catch Danica McKellar's character), before I bought the first season.
I must say this was a pleasant surprise. Well-written by Aaron Sorkin, who also wrote two Rob Reiner films "A Few Good Men" and "The American President", the depth of the political and social subject matter is very good.
As most people know, the series has garnered many Emmy awards.
Season two literally takes up where season one ended, thanks to the season one cliff-hanger ending involving an assassination attempt. Season two continues to investigate a wide range of issues - from drug-company motives and profits, political asylum for persecuted Chinese Christians, education measures, and the president's muscular dystrophy.
The series still has some humor amid the drama. In one scene, after three months, the president finally meets an attractive young Republican attorney in her White House basement office - as she is drunk and dancing and singing in her bathrobe. He gives her a greeting humorously suggested earlier by Rob Lowe - "Yeah, Ainsley. I wanted to say hello and to mention, you know, uh...a lot of people assumed you were hired because you were a blonde Republican sex kitten, and, well, they're obviously wrong. Keep up the good work."
Waiting for season three.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Simply great television June 13 2004
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OK, so its hopelessly idealistic president leans left of center. And the score often resembles that of an afterschool special. Look beyond it, because "West Wing" is simply great television.
What made this show, and set it vastly apart from the rest of network television, from the first shot of the pilot was the peerless writing. The always witty dialogue, at equal moments sarcastic and sincere, comedic and tragic, delivered at breakneck pace is a sheer delight.
I've long felt this show to be the best comedy on TV. The moments of humor are deep, biting, and uncontrived; in other words, completely unlike any so-called "comedy" program. "And It's Surely to Their Credit" is a brilliant episode: Great humor, great drama. I laughed more often during this episode than in two entire seasons of "Friends."
Others have listed the 22 episodes. All are above average; most are excellent. Season Two has more polish than Season One; less of a liberal infomercial-feel than Season Three or Four (though Three and Four's allusions to Bush are entertaining.) This is the crème de la crème of the finest program network television has offered in the last decade.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Simply great television June 13 2004
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OK, so its hopelessly idealistic president leans left of center. And the score often resembles that of an afterschool special. Look beyond it, because "West Wing" is simply great television.
What made this show, and set it vastly apart from the muck of network television, from the first shot of the pilot was the peerless writing. The always witty dialogue, at equal moments sarcastic and sincere, comedic and tragic, delivered at breakneck pace is a sheer delight.
I've long felt this show to be the best comedy on TV. The moments of humor are deep, biting, and uncontrived; in other words, completely unlike any so-called "comedy" program. The episode, "And It's Surely to Their Credit" is a brilliant episode: Great humor, great drama. I laughed more often during this episode than in two entire seasons of "Friends."
Others have listed the 22 episodes. All are above average; most are excellent. Season two has more polish than Season One; less of a liberal infomercial-feel than Season Three or Four (though Three and Four's allusions to Bush are entertaining.) This is the crème de la crème of the finest program network television has offered in the last decade.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 1 month ago by Andrew Chatwood
5.0 out of 5 stars It doesn't get any better
An amazingly gifted cast, brilliant strategies and plot twists and turn. Yes it's somewhat white-washed, but push that aside and enjoy the ride. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Sue Davis-Mendelow
5.0 out of 5 stars Great follow-up to a great first season
Aaron Sorkin has shown that great writing keeps you coming back for more. Viewers discover what really goes on behind the scenes of the political theatre that is Washington, D.C. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Michel R. Magnan
5.0 out of 5 stars Arrived in new condition
Love the show and the dvd set is in perfect condition. Cannot find even one thing bad about this set.
Published 15 months ago by sandi
5.0 out of 5 stars great show
I am hooked. Finished season 2 and have ordered season 3 and 4. Something for everyone, serious but good laughs too.
Published 18 months ago by Heather Walker
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this show!
My husband and I will really enjoy watching this series. For me, it will be the second time as I watched it on TV but my husband missed it and I know he's going to enjoy it as... Read more
Published 19 months ago by janccd
5.0 out of 5 stars Watch this within 30 days because...
I bought season 2 for 14.99. Yep... great deal, but side 2 of disc one was defective. Sadly, I didn't get around to watching this for over 30 days after I got the set... so... Read more
Published on Feb. 4 2012 by Sean
5.0 out of 5 stars The BEST show
Been a fan of The West Wing since the first season. I have been waiting for second one to come out. The West Wing has some of the best writing and acting on television - I would... Read more
Published on July 7 2004 by T. Brok
1.0 out of 5 stars pathetic lameness
you call this drama? ill show you drama! go watch southpark, that is REAL intelligence not this LAME hash
Published on July 6 2004 by N R
4.0 out of 5 stars Great show, disappointing DVD
Sadly, this DVD does not do the 2nd season justice. The extras are almost non-existant. A few commentaries and a "virtual set tour" result in far less than half the... Read more
Published on June 27 2004
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