I had pretty much given up on this show after the Sting-Lute/Blacklist episode, but decided to give it one more try. I didn't realise that the 'one more try' show was in two parts, so I watched it both last week and again tonight.
Aaron Sorkin's got a pretty good deal going. He gets to take out the frustration of his breakup with Kristin Chenowith on me and everyone else who keeps tuning into this latest ego massage.
Those who know him have pretty much said what I would say about Sorkin using the show for a therapeutic exercise.
As a conservative evangelical Christian I should probably toss off a couple of paragraphs about how badly Christians are portrayed by the show. I should probably talk about how deeply offended I am and how the liberals in Hollywood are once again stickin' it to me and my persecuted brethren. Except I can't really bring myself to care.
Tonight's tirades about gay marriage reminded me of a teenager arguing with a parent over curfew. Instead of being an amplification of a national debate they were more the petulant ravings of an overindulged brat railing against boundaries he thinks are unfair. I was reminded of a few moments in this season of The Wire. The juvenile delinquents in the special class at Tighlman Middle School spent a lot of time yelling "F--- You!!!" at their teachers in an effort to get suspended so they could sling heroin on the Corner. I kind of feel like that's half the motive behind Sorkin's much wordier "F---- You" to the audience. He wants to see how far he can push Red State America before they give him the satisfaction of cancelling the show. Either way he wins. If the show stays on he's got a job. If it gets the axe he has the satisfaction of being able to tell himself that it was cancelled not because all the good plots were recycled from his other shows and the bad plots were transparent reworkings of his couples' therapy. No. If the show is cancelled, Sorkin will be able to gently fondle the memories of his tirades against Right Wing Christians and chalk his failure to entertain up to the closed minds of middle America.
If I keep watching--something I doubt I'll do--it'll be for the same reason Alan Sepinwall watches.
I think I'm reclassifying it as a trainwreck, the show I like to watch just so I can look at the screen and yell about all the things that are going wrong with it.