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Mama Deb [userpic]
West Wing

Meh. Okay, not meh.

Santos was wonderful - finally, someone saying what a lot of people I know believe - there is Gd. There is evolution. It's impossible for me to assume evolution didn't have nudges. However, it also makes sense that it wouldn't look that way. This is because my belief in Gd is religious whereas my knowledge of evolution comes from science - it can be disproved because it's not a function of belief. And while if I had children, I would send them to a religious day schools where they'd certainly be taught Bereshit, I'd vet out their science curriculum and supplement it if I had to so they learned the current theories of how evolution happened. Evolution itself isn't a theory - the theories are the mechanisms - slow and gradual, punctuated equilibrium? A combination? Nudges? Something else?

This is what many (not all) religious people believe. They also can see "Intelligent Design" co-opted as a thinly veiled way of introducing *one religion* - no, one sect of one religion, into public school classrooms. If the members of that religious group want that for their children, they should do what Catholics have done and what Orthodox Jews have done - open their own private religious schools. Otherwise, yes, I would support the teachings of the Flying Spaghetti Monster as well. Because the public schools do not have the responsibility of teaching religion. Parents do, in whatever way they wish - home school, day school, before/after school or Sunday school.

Off that soap box. Onto another.

Toby. He did what he does - he acted with his heart. And I understand him. He just lost his brother the astronaut to suicide and here were more astronauts in trouble, and he had a way he could help them. And I do believe he did it.

And he did so knowing that if his brother *had* been out there, he would not have thanked him. He would not have wanted it. But it's in character. And Toby won't let friends take a fall for him.

Also, I'm glad it's not CJ because, well. Intelligent woman in a position of power - we need to see more of that, not less, and if she'd leaked, it would have looked like, "Ah, she's a woman. Soft."

And then there's the whole Leo and Annabeth thing.

I *hate* it. It's not cute to me, and it's not funny. It makes Leo look pathetic if he takes her up on it (if she just has a crush on him - well, who wouldn't?)

I also must say that I don't like Leo running as Veep. It's just wrong for the character and the campaign. He's gone from Chief of staff to advisor to...what? It's a demotion.

So. Meh. And, as jonbaker pointed out, of the original cast of officials, only CJ and Charlie are left there, and they're doing different jobs. It's just not the same. Not that it has been since Sorkin left, but, well. Even the faces are changed or gone.


Oh yeah. I agree with all of that. And Vinick's reply was so weak in comparison. (As much as I love Alan Alda, Vinick makes me cringe.)

There is usually considerable turnover in a President's staff in seven or eight years, so a lot of what we see in the fictional West Wing in regard to people leaving/changing jobs is plausible from a Watsonian viewpoint.

Annabeth and Leo as a couple is just icky, though I don't like her much anyway. And washing pills down with champagne (looked like apple juice to me) while sitting beside Leo, with his big-scandal-a-few-years-ago drug/alcohol problem? That's a real way to win someone! But Leo's "What tension?" makes me think that any romantic tension there is entirely on her side; he was just asking her to have dinner with him as a friend/coworker.

Toby... exactly. Toby *would* do that. And I think Jed pardons him eventually for it. Also notice that there was just an offhand mention of the astronauts fixing the leak themselves. Yeah, right. I think they sent the military shuttle up secretly to help with the fix, and that may come out too, perhaps in relation to the pardon.

Oh, it makes sense from real world perspective. Normally, Bartlet would have cleaned house for his second administration. People need to move on, adjust their resumes, earn real money, whatever. But this is a tv series and we like seeing characters stay on and on, and Sorkin created wonderful ones.

I do wonder about CJ. They showed her as a wife and mother on the first episode, and I don't know. On the one hand, good for her. On the other, she was the most powerful woman in the free world for over a year. She could be doing other things, too, of course, but we don't know. Would a man in her position have become a house husband? On the gripping hand, what else is there for her? What happens to former Chiefs of Staff who don't have political ambitions or law or business degrees? I can't see her going back to being a publicist after this.