Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Slack Re-run

For those of you that followed The West Wing to Sunday nights (or those tuning in for the last few episodes of a truly brilliant series), you probably caught the end of this week's installment. For those of you that haven't seen it yet and wish to, I'm going to ruin it.

Leo McGarry, apparently, dies. And considering John Spencer bought the Manchester farm in real life back in December, I'm guessing he actually dies in the show and they can't revive him. Just a hunch.

So I just scrolled through the ol' archives (I always say, the best part of having a blog is the ability to look back and see what you were thinking at the time of an event, uneroded by time), and I found my eulogy for one of television's greatest characters over the better part of the past decade: "Leo Thomas McGarry, We Hardly Knew Ye."

I thought I'd re-print that in honor of Mr. Spencer and Mr. Sorkin's enormous creation. Soon we'll return you to our regularly scheduled programming of sloth and insensitivity.

Slack Link of the Day: Growins up fast...This article says four out of every 10 city kids lose their virginity by the age of 14.

Jesus, seriously? I'm all for promiscuous highschoolers (just for the outside chance of some taboo amateur porn turning up), but good lord, before they're turning 14? Seeing as I don't think I had more than three pubes at that age, I'm stamping that "Far Too Young."

Slack Songs of the Day: I stumbled upon San Diego Serenade last night, a music blog authored by someone who gets also major hard-on for Opening Day, not unlike this reporter. In preparation for the season, he posted a nine-inning lineup of fun or nostalgic mp3s to get us excited for the upcoming campaign.

My favorites: A Springsteen Rosalita parody from the late '80s, Take Me Out to the Ballgame ("complete with Rosalita style hand clapping breakdown and gratuitous CC-esque sax solo"), as well as the RBI Baseball theme remix, the Dylan Gentile RBI Techno Mix and James Earl Jones' goosebumpin' speech from Field of Dreams.


At 10:20 AM, Blogger MDS said...

I haven't seen West Wing in years, but now you've piqued my interest. How did they kill him off on the show? Was he still on the show in episodes that had been taped prior to his death? Did they pull a Livia Soprano and splice in previously unaired footage to make for a creepy scene where the president is talking to his old buddy even though we all know his old buddy is dead and he's just talking to a bluescreen? Did the president start speaking Latin again?

At 10:35 AM, Blogger Ace Cowboy said...

Actually, he's not dead yet...the last minute of this past episode they showed Kristin Chenoweth's character go wake Leo up (he's been missing since he died save for one scene when he was still alive, no Livia Soprano). She goes into his room, he's missing, and she checks the bathroom and cries for help. Tough moment for the manly men in the room.

No Latin for the president, although I'm not ruling out some old timey languistic skills going forward. What a scene that was...

At 3:54 PM, Blogger Grant Miller said...

I'm jealous of teenagers nowdays. Seemed like I waited forever. The bastards.


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