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An episode-by-episode breakdown of Aaron Sorkin's seminal work from a modern leftist perspective.

The Worst Wing Stu & Dave

    • Society & Culture

An episode-by-episode breakdown of Aaron Sorkin's seminal work from a modern leftist perspective.

    S7E3 - Message of the Week

    S7E3 - Message of the Week

    A brief whiff of fresh air as we follow the Vinick campaign around the trail for a while. However, as always there is such little daylight between Democrat and Republican positions on... well damn near everything, the staffs and their approach to issues people care about could just be interchangeable!!

    Midway through I completely fail at being profound off the cuff, and having thought through my gibbering while producing this episode, I just want to say briefly: consuming media uncritically is the quick way to get hegemonized.

    BSG is literally ABOUT samsara, the great wheel, and the iterative nature of conflict, violence and death. The West Wing applies this theme not to peoples or tribes but to ideology, particularly the American political "spectrum". Which when viewed from any further away from arm's length is just a bright red band of conservative authoritarianism steeped in darker red blood.

    The song this week is Dan Deacon.

    • 42 min
    S7E2 - The Mommy Problem

    S7E2 - The Mommy Problem

    No not THAT problem you SICKOS

    Another tedious day-in-the-campaign-life episode focusing on Matt Santos checking demographic boxes and generally cleaving to the most anodyne Political Operative Wisdom possible. Thank goodness their team now has both Janeane Garofalo and Marlee Matlin on it I guess, guest star power!!

    This is when the absolutely most bizarre "controversy" pops up and oh man is this some literal perverse sickos shit. A physically broken bed that is... scandalous. Because the Santoses just FUCK TOO HARD.

    Otherwise uhhhh... some stuff happens? They fight about the campaign and the current administration.

    Don't catch COVID and if you do don't fucking deliberately expose your family. Be the next D: Gain 40 pounds, have an intact endothelial layer in every single one of your blood vessels, and sound EVEN BETTER than when you're singing out!

    • 30 min
    S7E1 - Da Ticket

    S7E1 - Da Ticket

    We're back baby! We made it... two two-week periods in a row! Fuck yeah.

    Wish I had anything even approaching as positive a reaction to the material we consider in the first episode of the 7th season of this show. It's bad, folks! I'm so bored, I do not care about how you think campaigning needs to go or what logistics are where or even really about the damn space shuttle. Americans WILL NOT CARE, I promise!!

    RIP to a living legend, Christine McVie passed (not of covid, even) like right after we published our last cast. Tremendous talent, immortalized in classic era Fleetwood Mac easily sharing the stage with other titans.

    • 36 min
    S6E20 - 2162 Votes

    S6E20 - 2162 Votes

    OMG we're back!!

    To finish season 6 FINALLY FUCK YOU SHOW.

    Neither moves nor covid nor laze of brain shall keep us from finishing this accursed project.

    Music by Rush

    • 31 min
    S6E19 - Things Fall Apart

    S6E19 - Things Fall Apart

    Oooooh big bright lights big arenas wow once every 4-8 years we get to do what the Sporps Mans do every weekend!! Let's...

    MAKE
    SOME
    RUUUUUUULES!!

    If I could be candid for a minute, we're at the point of the show where I am noticeably running out of things to say so I apologize for being more incoherent than usual today, I feel like I swung between baby and galaxy brain with literally nothing in between the whole time we were recording.

    White Lies is the music this week :)

    • 42 min
    S6E18 - In God We Trust

    S6E18 - In God We Trust

    Fun guest stars abound! Early-00s "atheist" takes mercifully do NOT in this episode, wherein the writers tackle Churchiness and theocrats demanding fealty to both Heavenly and Earthly power in the most kid (literally) gloves fashion possible.

    The ongoing explication of Senator Vinick's Good Republican status must of course include a healthy dose of what was acceptable in 2005 to write about not believing in AR-15 Jesus. The extent of that acceptability is "I used to go to church but then my wife died so I don't now." and this is where we leave it. Naturally President Dad makes an extended appearance to play Punch to this particular Judy and reaffirm handwringing audience members that lol no of course a God-fearing NBC writer wouldn't ACTUALLY criticize the big man upstairs...

    Patricia Richardson CAN have it all as a Working Mom! All you need is TWO PHONES and a willingness to never sleep or have a single unproductive moment.

    Slayer on the transition again :)

    • 40 min