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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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1.0 out of 5 stars DON'T BUY THIS FROM THIS STORE May 25 2004
By A Customer
Format:DVD
I received one copy from amazon.com last Tuesday- widescreen was not working, DVD was basically crap. Exchanged it for another one- got it yesterday- EXACT same problem. I'm returning it and getting it somewhere else. This is ridiculous.
But on the other hand- I've seen WORKING copies of the DVDs and they're awesome- what a great season!
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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 Five Stars July 8 2014
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great
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5.0 out of 5 stars It doesn't get any better Dec 3 2013
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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. Now that it's over and I have watched the entire thing, I miss it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great follow-up to a great first season Nov. 8 2013
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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. Great drama with a good dose of irony and wit.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Watch this within 30 days because... Feb. 4 2012
By Sean
Format:DVD
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... I could only watch episode 7 starting from the halfway point. kind of a bummer. Otherwise... GREAT SHOW... cruddy return policy.
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4.0 out of 5 stars "THE LEFT WING" June 23 2004
Format:DVD
"The West Wing" (or "The Left Wing" as us conservatrives call it) is a brilliant piece of work, well written and very well acted. For political junkies, it is Manna from Heaven. Aaron Sorkin is a dedicated Democrat, as is the star's show, Martin Sheen. It is a show that attempts to make Democrats look like idealistic, well meaning, courageous, 24/7 workaholics. These people do exist, but in light of the recent death of Ronald Reagan and the new Bill Clinton book, it is instructive to recall that this show, along with "The American President", was an attempt to disuade the public from the realities of the Clinton Presidency. If the Democrats were all like the ones shown in "The West Wing", they would get 90 percent of the vote.
Th show does try to stay balanced on occasion, but a comparison between President Bartlett and his wife and Bill and Hillary Clinton provides a dose of reality that is not of help to Clinton apologists.
STEVEN TRAVERS
AUTHOR OF "BARRY BONDS: BASAEBALL'S SUPERMAN"
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5.0 out of 5 stars The BEST show July 7 2004
By T. Brok
Format:DVD
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 say the show is to drama television as Friends is to sitcoms. I absolutely recommend getting The West Wing - The Complete Second Season, as well as The West Wing - The Complete First Season. They're well-worth the money.
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