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IT'S OVER
Martin and Anders and I all watched the last episode of the last season of The West Wing tonight before he and the kids went off to the gym to work out.

I was tucked into the end of the couch (my spot, much like Sheldon's) where I get good support from the back and side. Martin was snuggled up against my left, hunkered down in the pillows, with a throw over his legs. He came home tired but wouldn't admit to grumpy. I can't believe we are done with 7 seasons, 22 episodes each, of my favorite show. I had tears in my eyes, and when I asked Martin if he was crying yet, when Jed Bartlet opened the box that Leo's daughter gave him and it was that napkin Leo had written "Bartlet for America" on back when he convinced him to run for President, he told me to shut up. A sure sign that he had tears in his eyes, too. Heh.

Yesterday, after the second to last episode, Martin got really upset. He told me he was having a crisis. "What do you mean?" I asked, "Because you're in an existential fugue over the fact that The West Wing is ending?"

"YES!" he cried. "How can I go on? What am I going to do with my life?!"

I know the feeling. This is the second time I've gotten addicted to this particular set of characters and their dramas and I'll miss my daily dose of Josh and C.J., too.

This is the most I think I've ever talked about or cared about a TV show since Little House on the Prairie. I had a fling with ER for a few years, until Sherry Stringfield left the show, but nothing has ever captured my heart like The West Wing did.

We've had lots of recommendations for what we should watch next. Firefly, The Newsroom, Battlestar Galactica, Dr. Who, Borgen, Pushing Daisies, Veronica Mars. None of which I've ever watched (except for a few episodes of BG a million years ago back when Dirk Benedict was a hot young thing...did you know he's 68!?), but we haven't made any decisions. We have 2 sets of Sherlock Holmes (the one with Benedict Cumberbatch) and still half of season 2 of Dead Like Me, which we stopped watching abruptly...probably because it only ran for 2 seasons and we knew the end was near and couldn't face it.

Maybe we'll take a break from box set gobbling for a bit and just let the lessons we've learned and the joy we've had from The West Wing percolate for awhile before we turn to something new.
 calm
mood: calm
music: The Green Children—Skies on Fire


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68!?!?! Holy crap! How can Starbuck be 68?! Now I feel REALLY old.

Though I am pretty sure the BSG people are recommending to you is the more recent incarnation from 2004.

I loved Sherlock but some of the episodes scared the shit out of me. Couldn't fall asleep at night scary. Really good though.

They actually recommended both. Martin asked someone about Sherlock today and told me that it's actually only 3 episodes per season, but they are 1.5 hours long each!

Oooh, all the suggestions are good, but Pushing Daisies is especially delightful.

I'm envious that the kids have the energy to work out at the gym, on top of their normal activities. Fred and I have to go in about 15 minutes, and I am so not looking forward to it...

Pushing Daisies was recommended to me ages ago by a good friend who didn't steer me wrong with The 4400 and Dead Like Me; we just haven't gotten around to it yet.

My vote would be for Veronica Mars, because it is awesome, and besides that, it is all trendy and relevant right now since the movie was funded by Kickstarter. Because clearly, I care a lot about relevance.

I have never watched The West Wing but you make it sound appealing, for sure. :) I hope Martin gets over his existential crisis soon. I get that way after I finish a Big Thing, too.

You've never watched The West Wing! I envy you being able to watch it for the first time :) Veronica Mars is definitely on the list...everyone sings its praises!

From Megsie

Jeff and I still miss Denny Crane in Boston Legal. We were obsessed with LOST, but the ending is dumb. We liked another show too...The Agency? I can't remember. Right now we meet in the family room for our date and watch Scandal. So. Good. We also watch Modern Family. And laugh. A lot. Otherwise? I got nothing. xo

Re: From Megsie

I haven't even heard about Scandal and have no idea what it's about. We have watched a couple of seasons of Modern Family, and while I liked it at first, it started seeming VERY mean-spirited to me too much of the time.

(Anonymous)

Sherry Stringfield went to my high school, near Houston. (it's "Stringfield", btw, she's not related to a certain 80's pop singer) She was in my younger brother's class -- I asked him once how well he knew her, and he said she, "Told me to get out of her way once." ;-)

Russell

Doh, I knew that. Typo! Fixed!

Sounds like she wasn't having a good day back then :P

I remember being SO SAD each time when I finished the West Wing series. I loved that show! AND, I think my original recommendation was from you, Liz.

Oh my, I must check out these other recommendations. And do let us all know what you are watching!
Oh, BTW, I will be getting An Exact Replica of a Figment of my Imagination from the library in a couple of weeks. They are holding it for me and home delivery day is the 19th I think. I can hardly wait.



Edited at 2013-11-07 03:45 pm (UTC)

It's a sad book but SO well-written and full of good things, despite that.

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