i’m gonna go find richard linklater and throw him through a window because boyhood isn’t playing anywhere near me for another week.
#tbt to the day I became TeeTee. Best day of all time.
Can anybody find me somebody to love?
He’ll spend an entire episode, or several episodes building up to something, like Bartlett’s second Inaugural Address.
There were speeches and monologues about it over three episodes, what should be included, dropped, what they couldn’t say, blah blah blah. So important, so grandiose.
That was the whole POINT of the show. That you’d never see the speeches and big moments — the kind of thing that we see all the time in real life — we’re meant to focus on what goes on behind the scenes, before and after the speech, etc. The literal content of a speech does not constitute a story. What goes into it, the motives and ideas behind it - THAT’s the story. Lazy writing would be spending most of an episode just showing us a speech, delivered by one character, without any story or other character interaction. If the content of the speech matters, it’s given to us in little character moments (like Toby’s conversation with the President about big government before the State of the Union in S1), because that’s much more memorable than if it’s buried in a long speech.
That’s one reason I don’t care much for that one episode in S7. It’s an interesting exercise, but it’s not a piece of storytelling to me. It’s not an episode of television.
I was going to say all of this but you did it for me. Thank you.