We rejoin the Bartlet administration in the aftermath of the Gaza Strip attack that seriously wounded Donna and killed several others and finds President Bartlet facing strong opposition to his peace plans. Defying the wishes of the majority of Congress - including some of the White House's democratic allies - the American People and the Vice President, Bartlet persists in the hope that inviting Palestinian and Iranian leaders to participate in peace talks will forestall the necessity of a U.S. military retaliation. Even Leo feels that the President should order an attack to make a decisive statement on terrorism.
Adding to the stresses of the peace negotiations, magicians Penn and Teller cause controversy at the White House when they burn the American flag as part of their act celebrating Bartlet's birthday. An asteroid hurtles towards Earth and a leak of oxygen on the International Space Station requires a controversial rescue mission and Bartlet is stricken by a paralyzing episode of his multiple sclerosis.
Not only does the hilarious interplay surprisingly absent from the 5th season make a return but the additional subject matter provided by the run up to the Democratic Convention allows for a whole new approach to the series. Importantly however, it does so without departing entirely from the key factors which made the West Wing such a success in the first place - great acting, great writing - what more do you need?
As usual Bradley Whitford steals the show as the ever-tormented but always hilarious Josh who, it becomes clear, is the driving force behind the Democratic Party. There are also several stunning plot twists which dramatically shake up the relationships between the main characters - look out for Josh and Donna, Bartlett and Leo and, finally, Josh and Toby...
Anyway, enough talk - I would encourage anyone who enjoyed the first four seasons of the West Wing to buy this and anyone who was disappointed by the 5th to buy this as well - it really is back on form! I can think of no better programme currently on television so do not hesitate!
'West Wing' is, for my money, probably the best television drama ever made, and so long as the writers are willing to challenge our comfort it can certainly remain so. Whether it can succeed through future cast changes remains to be seen... Roll on Series Seven.
As ever, there are plot twists, which Wing Nuts have come to know and love (and expect). These allow the series' focus to move away from day-to-day White House goings on, and into the Democrat and Repubican Presidential Primaries. Jimmy Smits (NYPD Blue) and Alan Alda (MASH) are brought into the cast as presidential candidates. Anyone left wondering from series 5 - "does 'Bingo Bob' put himself forward as a candidate?", "will Hoynes run?", or "what happens to Donna and Josh?" will need to buy this to find out.
All the cliff-hangers from the end of series five are resolved - and leaves a few more on closing to tee up the seventh series.
Some might say the content isn't as good as the classic Sorkin-scipted earlier series, but there's still plenty of storyline content, and the acting is as superb as ever.
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