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A fitting finale, but we'll feel the loss,
This review is from: The West Wing - Complete Season 7 [DVD]  (DVD)
The West Wing, with its excellent writing and first rate ensemble cast, comes to an end in this, the seventh season. We join the White House in a period of change: President Bartlet (Sheen) and his advisers prepare to depart after serving two terms.
Outside, the Democrat Santos (Smits) runs a tight race against Vinick (Alda) and who will win (and ultimately become President) provides an electricity to the season. Both nominees, whatever your politics, are commendable characters who you will feel empathy for whilst casting a more disappointing glare at those who pass for real-life politicians. This is what the West Wing has always done best: it has managed to restore a sensibility to politics, showing that the previous attempts to portray them as either idiots, corrupt or overly noble are all false. In the show, they are people who strive to make a difference but are by no means infallable saints themselves.
This really is first rate stuff. The emerging campaign shows that both sides can have good, even great days. With it comes a whole catalogue of problems, some to do with campaign strategy and some unseen. And with the sad, untimely death of principal cast member John Spencer, who plays Vice-President nominee Leo, events towards the end of the season have to take a sad and unexpected turn. For long term fans, expect many storylines to come to a fitting close with relationships resolved, and old friends re-connecting(particularly with the brief and welcome return of Rob Lowe as Sam Seaborn).
The West Wing is a fantastic drama that has rightly earned its accolades for sharp writing, excellent storylines and a truly wonderful cast. Whilst this is a fitting finale, I cannot help but feel a true sense of loss...