Since I haven’t seen a thread started on this one, I thought I might.
Over the last two weeks, I’ve heard complaints on about the WW’s change in tone and structure. To be honest, I didn’t really see it. There was a lot going on over the last two weeks and if the characters weren’t themselves I could chalk it up to the fact that the situation itself is so far out of the ordinary that of course the characters wouldn’t be themselves.
Any perceived slowdown in the action I felt was just to heighten the sense of drama within the episode.
But tonight’s change of pace just could not be denied. The episode moved slowly. Slow isn’t a criticism. What is a criticism is that the episode moved unnecessarily slowly and for a series built upon the frantic pace of the WW, this is extremely jarring.
I’m also distressed with the choices that the writers are making for the actors. First, let’s summarize the V.P. plot:
Democrats: We have a great person for VP. I think for the good of the country, you should confirm him.
Republicans: You know, we’re kinda thinking not.
Democrats: Curses! You have bested us.
That’s it? They didn’t even prepare for the possibility that the opposition wouldn’t accede to their wishes? Worse, the WW’s response was “well, no need to squabble, I guess we’d better pick one of your guys.”
Secondly, the First Lady’s attitude seems a bit bizzare. Yes, the President killed Abdul Sharif. No, he didn’t consult his wife about this.
- There’s no evidence that the people who kidnapped Zoey even knew about the President killing Abdul Sharif.
- How would these people have known anyway? Did the kidnappers attend the secret meetings about the downing of Abdul’s plane?
- The president has to, by the very nature of his job, make decisions every single hour of the day that piss people off enough to kill him, if they were so inclined. He can’t consult his wife about every single one.
- The First Lady knows this! She knows all about the nature of his job. She knows that there are random lunatics out there. How in the world can she blame Jed for this?
While I really, really, really do not want this to happen, I’m going to make a prediction now. The season finale in 2004 will be the First Lady telling the President she wants a divorce.
I just know this is where they’re going with this and I cannot even begin to describe how monumentally stupid this idea is.
So, um, yeah. That’s my review of the episode.