Reviews

The West Wing - Season Six

3

Like a politician struggling against voter apathy, the sixth year of the White House-set drama feels increasingly like a Presidential version of ER, as it tries to tackle Big Topical Subjects like the Middle East, but just comes off as dry and preachy. It doesn’t help that the fast-paced, witty repartee we’ve come to love has been seriously diluted since original creator Aaron Sorkin abandoned ship.

But then, halfway through the season, a different aspect of real-world politics gives the show a much-needed kick up the plotlines. As the characters splinter to begin choosing and campaigning for various Democratic presidential hopefuls, and we’re introduced to the charismatic Republican candidate (Alan Alda), the pace returns, the writing improves and it’s almost possible to start thinking the show could survive Jed Bartlet (Martin Sheen) leaving office...

 

BEST BIT: The final Democratic announcement for their Presidential campaign. You will cheer.

Film Details

  • 12
  • UK Theatrical Release Date: September 26th 2005