Wednesday, September 28, 2005

According to the Tuesday night Nielsen ratings, my political junkie friends and I were among the millions of curious TV viewers who made ABC’s new White House drama Commander-In-Chief the top show of the night. After soaking in the much hyped show about the trials and tribulations of America’s first female President, the question now is “Will I tune in again?” The answer: most definitely not.

Billed as the answer to NBC’s fading West Wing, Commander-In-Chief falls well short of that standard. Whereas no one could deny West Wing’s consistently superior writing in spite of its extremely narrow and preachy liberal slant, the same could not be said of the Commander-In-Chief’s trite and almost laughable pilot script.

Gina Davis, playing an Independent Vice President (Huh?), ascends to the highest office in the land after her Republican boss succumbs to stroke complications. (Excuse me? A Republican President chose an Independent running mate? Whose twisted fantasy is this?) Amid all the confusion and hand-wringing over her decision to assume the Oval Office, we see the Vice President playing what appears to be a high tech version of Battleship™ with a US naval carrier fleet, putting US military forces in harms way in a unilateral action to save a single Nigerian adulteress from a death sentence (What? What??), and trading barbs with a sexist, racist, wild-haired, cartoonish arch-villain (Who? Osama bin Laden? No, no. It’s Donald Sutherland, playing the Speaker of the House, who is, surprise, surprise, a Republican), all while sporting the world’s most obnoxious shade of glossy red lipstick (just in case we forgot that Gina Davis does in fact have a vagina).

Frankly, based on last night’s pilot I don’t believe West Wing viewers will find much in Commander-In-Chief to quench their appetite for compelling political drama. The novelty of a woman President wears very thin, especially so when the writing that defines her character is so abysmally poor.


At 9/28/2005 11:18 AM, Blogger Eddie said...

I recall watching perhaps the stupidest political movie of my life a few years back in the theatre that featured a President that was vehemently pro abortion and fighting for a flat tax? If only I could remember the name of the senseless film.

Do Hollywood writers really think we are this dumb and ignorant when it comes to politics?

At 9/28/2005 12:05 PM, Blogger Eddie said...

My friend just e-mailed me the name of the stupid movie, "The Contender." Don't rent it if you haven't already.

At 9/28/2005 2:53 PM, Blogger Ace said...

I remember when it came out. I didn't bother to see it. No sense wasting cash on it.

At 9/29/2005 7:00 AM, Blogger g said...

What about her cleavage Ace? And her stiletto heels? If Hillary dressed like that, maybe I would vote for her!

At 9/29/2005 7:07 AM, Blogger g said...

Wait, I just had a mental picture...scrap that idea....not pretty! Her cankles totally eliminate the possibility of her wearing high heels, or anything other than a pant suit for that matter!

At 9/29/2005 8:43 AM, Blogger BACdanielle said...

Ace! I can't believe you watched that! Are you moving this weekend?

At 9/29/2005 10:07 AM, Blogger Ace said...

Blame Gretchen and Val for that one. I was at their place for a Nip/Tuck gathering and they insisted on checking out Commander-In-Chief beforehand.

The actual move will be on Oct. 15th. For this weekend and the next we will be packing.


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