The West Wing - The Complete Third Season September 11th happened early in the season," says director Alex Graves in his commentary. "And by the end of the season, we were assassinating a… The West Wing - The Complete Third Season September 11th happened early in the season," says director Alex Graves in his commentary. "And by the end of the season, we were assassinating a…
Movie on DVD Review

The West Wing: The Complete Third Season (2004)

Mark Harmon, Allison Janney, ... | AND I-I-I-I-I WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOOOOOUUU... Harmon and Janney
Image credit: The West Wing: Eric Liebowitz
AND I-I-I-I-I WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOOOOOUUU... Harmon and Janney
EW's GRADE
A

Details Release Date: Nov 02, 2004; DVD Release Date: Nov 02, 2004; With: Stockard Channing, Allison Janney, Rob Lowe, Richard Schiff and Martin Sheen...

September 11th happened early in the season,'' says director Alex Graves in his commentary. ''And by the end of the season, we were assassinating a terrorist.'' The West Wing's third season strays from its idealism and flirts with realpolitik, punctuated by a murder/music/theater finale that would make Coppola proud. The clouds of 9/11 hover over all 22 episodes: ''They'll like us when we win!'' Toby (Richard Schiff) rants to a congresswoman who thinks the administration risks alienating the Islamic world. Even the romance, like C.J.'s dalliance with her bodyguard (Allison Janney and Mark Harmon) is laced with dread. Complementing creator Aaron Sorkin's penchant for surreal whimsy — such as President Bartlet's mano a mano with the Butterball turkey hotline — the darker themes provide a welcome edge and moral complexity.

EXTRAS In one doc, President's Ford, Carter, and Clinton chat about work in the actual White House, but another one examining the lives of real-life presidential aides like Charlie (Dulé Hill) gets my vote.

Originally posted Nov 05, 2004 Published in issue #791 Nov 05, 2004 Order article reprints
Advertisement

From Our Partners