TV Has The West Wing lost it's bite? Actually I don't feel that things are as stark as Ian Jones portrays. Considering the title and premise of the show, there wasn't a way Bartlett could lose the election. I think it was much braver that he was a foregone conclusion, that the opposition had peeled away. The race to win an election at the last minute has been done a hundred times before and for this not to happen for once was a treat. I do agree that there have been a few too many underdeveloped characters lying around (a criticism which can be levelled at many US ensemble dramas of late) and I still miss the soapier aspects of the first season (Sam's hooker girlfriend etc). A Season Five without Sorkin's guiding hand is a worry. Anyone want to let us know how that's going?

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