I’m a big West Wing fan. And if you’ve never seen the T.V. show before or heard of the show, go do your research/required viewings before reading this post, because there will in fact be spoilers that I myself would have hated to read before I first watched one of the best episodes of television ever: “Two Cathedrals”.
Now, for those of you who have watched The West Wing, you might also know of the podcast hosted by Joshua Malina and Hrishikesh Hirway, The West Wing Weekly. I’ve been listening to it nonstop on my way into work and home, hoping I’ll catch up in real time by the time they start their season 7 recaps. Today, I listened to Parts 1 and 2 of their recap of this favorite episode of mine, the season 2 finale, and was reminded of how awesome this episode is.
And because I can’t help myself, I re-watched this episode last week, long before I listened to the podcast episode. I watched Martin Sheen in the National Cathedral yelling at God in Latin and subsequently smoke a cigarette in that same cathedral. I watched him get soaked in the storm as he contemplated running for a second term. I listened to what has now become one of my favorite songs, Dire Straits’ “Brother’s in Arms”, set to one of the most dramatic moments in television.
“Two Cathedrals” is acting and writing at its absolute finest. It is Shakespearean in its genius and I am so grateful to be alive at a time when such art is created. I am grateful for this amazing show, for this stellar episode, and for Aaron Sorkin’s talent and ability to put it all together. We truly are lucky to be alive right now, so go watch the show on Netflix immediately!