The West Wing: The Complete Fifth Season [6 Discs] [DVD]

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Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (2 out of 2)

Special Features


  • 2 documentaries: In POTUS We Trust - presidential profile of Josiah Bartlet and his portrayer Martin Sheen; Gaza: Anatomy of an Episode
  • Commentary on 3 key episodes
  • Unaired scenes on 3 episodes
  • Subtitles: English, Français & Español (episodes only)
  • Closed Captioned

Synopsis


The administration of President Jed Bartlet (Martin Sheen) is still technically in charge of the United States as The West Wing enters its fifth season (and its first without the services of longtime producer Aaron Sorkin), but Bartlet himself is no longer commander in chief -- at least, not at the moment. To avoid conflict-of-interest charges after his daughter Zoey is kidnapped by Qumari terrorists, Bartlet had relinquished power to the next person in the chain of command. And since there is no vice president, that person is Speaker of the House Glenallen Walken (John Goodman) -- a powerful and rather cantankerous Republican! At Walken's orders, Qumar is bombed in retaliation for Zoey's abduction, prompting Bartlet's staff to seek out a new, less reactionary vice president as soon as possible. Once Zoey is safely home, Jed lobbies for the approval of his new vice president, Robert Russell (Gary Cole), but it won't be easy. Meanwhile, the first lady's new chief of staff, Amy Gardner (Mary-Louise Parker), ruffles many West Wing feathers with her damn-the-torpedoes attitude toward her job, with Presidential Chief of Staff Leo McGarry (John Spencer) particularly perturbed. Other major developments include the defection of a powerful Democrat to the Republicans, for which Josh Lyman (Bradley Whitford) must take the heat; another volatile hostage situation, this one in the Sudan; a move to legalize assisted suicide in Oregon; an even bigger move in both houses to abolish Social Security; the ramifications of the chief justice's serious and debilitating illness; Bartlet's outrage upon discovering that nuclear testing in the Indian Ocean has been given the go-ahead by someone in his administration; and a concerted effort by Press Secretary C.J. (Allison Janney) to counteract the intentions of Bartlet's troublesome former VP, John Hoynes (Tim Matheson), to run for president by slandering the entire Bartlet administration. The season ends as Bartlet girds up to tackle the (hopefully) last major crisis in his administration -- a possible all-out war between Israel and Palestine; and Josh's fiery assistant, Donna (Janel Moloney), faces critical injuries after her convoy is attacked by terrorists while she is on a fact-finding mission in Palestine. ~ Hal Erickson

Cast & Crew


  • Martin Sheen - President Josiah `Jed' Bartlet
  • John Spencer - Leo McGarry
  • Rob Lowe - Sam Seaborn
  • Richard Schiff - Toby Ziegler
  • Allison Janney - C.J. Cregg




Overall customer rating

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Beats Expectations

    Posted
    ScottieB

    After Aaron Sorkin's departure, many fans derided the West Wing's season arcs and snappy dialogue, claiming Aaron was responsible for those key elements that made West Wing special. While it's no doubt he wrote and planned the earlier seasons that were great, the staff he left behind does an excellent job carrying the style through. Unlike later seasons, where the feel does start to differ as a response to new direction and an attempt to remain fresh, season five still feels like the original West Wing, perhaps a bit more streamlined.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    The Last Season

    Posted
    71Percent

    The fifth season of the West Wing is the last one worth watching. In this season, as it begins to become much darker; with less humor and more tension and drama. New cast members such as Will add little to the show, possibly detracting from it. With a few episodes still memorable, I would advise watching this season, but it'll never move you like those first few seasons did.

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