The West Wing Original Cast Reunites for Special with Voting Mission

President Barlet and his staff are back for a reunion special, and I could not be more excited. The special, A West Wing Special to Benefit When We All Vote is the first time in 17 years, the original cast reunites with the creator and executive producer Aaron Sorkin for a theatrical stage performance of the episode “Hartsfield’s Landing” from season three of the series.

The original cast, which includes Martin Sheen (President Barlet), Allison Janney (C.J. Cregg), Rob Lowe (Sam Seaborne), Dulé Hill (Charlie Young), Richard Schiff (Toby Ziegler), Bradley Whitford (Josh Lyman), and Janel Moloney (Donna Moss), will all reprise their roles for the special, to raise awareness about voting in the upcoming general election. The special will also have guest appearances from Michelle Obama, President Bill Clinton, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Elisabeth Moss, Samuel L. Jackson, and Sterling K. Brown. The special, filmed over a couple of days at the beginning of October inside the Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles, California, followed all COVID-19 safe protocols.


Screenshot of original cast photo of The West Wing from NBC.

In the trailer, we see President Barlet (played by Martin Sheen) start us off by asking, “What’d I miss?” A lot Mr.President. We also see the same scenes from the episode re-created beautifully on stage, emphasizing how important it is for us to vote. In the clip, we see Sterling K. Brown sign on for the special in replacing the late John Spencer character Leo McGarry. Spencer died of a heart attack in December 2005.


Screenshot of A West Wing Special When We All Vote title card from HBOMax.

From 1999 – 2006, on Wednesday nights at 9 PMThe West Wing took viewers inside the west wing of the white house, the oval office, and senior staff offices’ location for the fictional Democratic administration of Josiah Bartlet. You can watch The West Wing reunion titled “A West Wing Special to Benefit When We All Vote” beginning Thursday, October 15, 2020, on HBO Max’s streaming service (subscription required). You can binge all seven seasons on Netflix before watching the special for those who haven’t seen the series during its original run. For those who have seen it before, you can catch reruns of popular episodes every Friday morning on TNT until the general election.

After watching the trailer, I am so ready for the special as this reunion is overdue. Will you be watching The West Wing special? Let me know on socials @MikeStarkCA on Instagram and Twitter.

Written By: Mike Stark

First Photo Source: Screenshot of President Bartlet from A West Wing Special When We All Vote Trailer on YouTube.

Music Videos You Should See #1: Breezeblocks by alt-J

Hey there everyone! My name is Audrey, and welcome to my new blog series, Music Videos You Should See! There are so many amazing music videos out there that a lot of people have never seen. I have many of my own favorites, and I thought I would share them with you all here. I figured I would start this series off with my favorite one of all time. Not only is the song itself incredible (I swoon every time it comes on the radio), but the music video is genius. Here, how about I put the video down below. You can watch it, then read the rest of this article.

Alright, now, I’m hoping by now that you’ve watch the video. If you haven’t, be warned, SPOILERS AHEAD!!!

Okay, we good now? Awesome. So, pretty amazing, right? I know. The video was directed by Ellis Bahl who has directed many music videos and some short films and sketches. The narrative that he has managed to create with this video alongside the song still manages to hook me, even though I’ve seen it about a billion times. So what is the director, along with the band, attempting to say in this video?

When the story starts (or ends, whichever way you want to look at it) we seem to be watching a young woman getting chased down and killed by her husband. As the story unfolds, we see more and more of the fighting between them, but the woman is fighting just as much as the man is. They fight over the breezeblocks (or cinder block as it is known in the U.S.), but he ultimately picked it up. Then we see that she threw a glass at his head and attempted to trip him up by grabbing his leg as he tried to get away. We watch as they fight with one another, getting thrown all around this small apartment. The mystery is still there though, who are we, as the audience, meant to be rooting for?

Suddenly another woman comes int the frames, obviously very emotionally upset. If it was tough for you to understand this part, I’ll break it down for you. The man comes home and finds who seems to be his wife in the closet with tape covering her mouth. Then the woman who we see throughout the rest of the video comes out from hiding with a knife and attempts to stab the man, setting off the chain of events that leads us back to the beginning. It also helps sometimes to watch the reverse of the original, to see everything happen in chronological order.

So why tell the story like this? Well, I believe that Bahl along with alt-J was trying to bring a message to their audiences. Don’t always assume you know who the ‘bad guy’ is until you know the whole story. We start by seeing a man seemingly abusing and murdering his wife. But as the story unfolds we see that this woman had his wife trapped and was going to murder the man. As the audiences, we don’t have anymore information about what led up to this. Who is this woman? They both seem to know her. Perhaps she is an ex-girlfriend of the man’s. We just don’t know. But the point is that we need to be shown the entire story before we can make our own conclusions. Was he defending himself, or should he have called the cops? It all happens to quickly.

Anyhow, I hope you all enjoyed this week’s video as much as I do! Make sure to check in next week as we take a gander at Mountain At My Gates by FOALS.

90’s Fashion Trends That Are Cool Again

Though 90’s kids are inarguably the best, fashion in that time period was questionable. Crop tops, bermuda shorts, shell necklaces, and platform flip-flops (yes, all in one outfit) were some of the things I remember wearing as a child (thanks, mom).  Here are five 90’s fashion faux pas that have made a comeback, and for your convenience, I have included links if for some reason you feel like buying something on the list. You’re welcome.

1. Jelly Sandals

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I was a huge fan of jellies growing up because they were awesome and cheap enough to convince my parents to buy me one in every color. The original company started to sell them again after the resurrection for about $35, whereas American Apparel charges about $45, which isn’t surprising. In the 90’s, jellies were worn without socks if you wore them to school and with socks to make them fancy enough to wear to church or something. Now, jellies are paired with opaque nylon tights for the most hipster effect. The higher the heel, the cooler you are, apparently.

2. Bucket Hats

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Yes, bucket hats were worn by my favorite boy band members, but this trend faded out for a reason. I blame Justin Bieber for bringing this one back. I’ve seen mostly men wearing bucket hats with a large variety of outfits. Paired with a fancy outfit or not, these hats look ridiculous. In my opinion, bucket hats should only be worn by pale babies or adorable grandpas who are trying to avoid a sunburn.

3. Tattoo Choker Necklaces

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What used to cost a quarter at one of those little bubble gum-looking machines is now being sold for $5.50 at Claires, with the description, “Get an edgy retro look with this double tattoo choker necklace.” Retro? Really? That doesn’t make me feel a million years old at all.

4. Crop Tops

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Clearly crop tops have been popular for a while, but the 90’s style crop tops have been making a comeback. A 90’s style crop top features a high neckline (maybe even a turtleneck), but leaves the midriff visible. It is more “modest” than other crop tops, and is usually paired with high waisted jeans and a flannel for an ultra-grunge look.

5. Birkenstocks

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Birkenstocks were introduced to the US in the 1960’s but according to 90’s 411, they gained the most popularity the company would ever get during the years of 1992 and 1994. I’ve been seeing mostly women wearing Birkenstocks, usually paired with floral dresses or a simple jeans and t-shirt type of outfit. Either way, I’m just going to say it: these are seriously the ugliest sandals I’ve ever seen. I am greatly confused as to why this company has survived since 1774. But hey, maybe they’re comfortable.