Given that these liveblogs are akin to the wild west as the pioneers moved in along the Oregon trail, I thought I'd take some time to introduce myself and my relation to this series. So, hi
, my name is Tibieryo
, and I run a blog called (I'm) Not a Fanboy
. The title is half-ironic, half-sincere—while I always judge new media based on its own merits and not who made it, I also fall in love with certain creators and their work. I remember the first time I saw Charlie Wilson's War
in theaters. I knew the movie itself was good, but that dialogue
is nearly a god among screenwriters. His dialogue reads like pornography for anyone with a fetish for big speeches, whipcrack insults and plain awesometacity. However, I still had no idea who he was after I saw Charlie Wilson's War. I just thought it was a really well-written and funny movie. It was during promotion for The Social Network
that I noticed his name on the credits for Charlie Wilson and a fan was born. So is it really any surprise that during the seven seasons it was on the air, I never watched an episode of The West Wing
until now? I didn't know who its creator was, I didn't know he was the showrunner—I lived my life in West Wing ignorance until this past weekend. I
downloade borrowed all the DVDs from a friend of mine
, and watched the first episode on a whim.
After realizing this series is utterly fantastic, I wondered "Hey! Why don't I liveblog this?" Then I realized that seven seasons of television might not fly on my blog. So where would people tolerate an overlong recap of a series that ran for seven years? I'm sorry
, but at the same time, you're welcome. At the end of this liveblog, if I stick to my minimum number of words per post (500), I should have 77 000 words by the time this is over. Trivia: on my blog, I publish after hitting a hundred 1000 word posts, for about a hundred thousand words a volume. If I finish this project and publish it, it will be a 3/4 size mini-volume. Unless I start hitting 750 words per episode recap/post, at which point it might hit a hundred thousand. A full size volume about one television series.
I should mention here that I have not seen an episode of this series before. I have not read its wiki page
. I have not read its tropes page
, beyond figuring out that it has something to do with strong idealism. I'm liveblogging this series 100% blind, with the exception of a few key facts. For instance, I know that Rob Lowe and Moira Kelly will depart the series before season five and that season five is nobody's favourite season
. At the moment, I'm four episodes in. This is very exciting. I hope I have some unique experiences or insights for you, but I assume this series has been discussed to death.
Who cares? LET'S DO THIS