The West Wing, then and now

David was gracious enough to let me write the editorial review of The West Wing Season One DVD box set for Amazon. Season One and Season Two are awesome--highly recommended to all.
But after three episodes this season, I'm sad to report that the show has lost something. Maybe it's the loss of Sorkin? The dialogue just doesn't snap anymore, and the whole kidnapping drama in the first two episodes was distracting and overblown. The show is best when it focuses on the natural tension of politics in the most powerful administration in the world, and not when it relies on shootings and kidnappings and other contrived drama.