I finally came around to see The west wing reunion special, and even though I was an avid fan of the original show, I got away feeling a little frustrated. Let’s get this out of the way first: it was amazing to see the super talented cast slide back into these roles so easily – Martin Sheen was born to play Jed Bartlet, Allison Janney is still wonderful as CJ Cregg, and Richard Schiff is perfect as Grouchy Conscience in the White House Toby Ziegler. Sterling K. Brown had the enviable task of playing Leo McGarry in place of the late John Spencer, and he pulled it off beautifully. Also: Age Rob Lowe Ever? Same question for Janel Moloney, tbh.
But if the aim of this particular performance was to encourage young people to vote, I̵
I hope we get to see a release of The west wing reunion show to a wider audience. Let Bartlet be Bartlet!
This week’s trailer lineup includes Uncle Frank, The empty man, Season 2 of His dark materials, The Werner Herzog documentary Fireball and a new look at Mandalorianen.
Fireball: Visitors from darker worlds
A documentary about meteorites and how they have affected human civilization – for sure, why not? Directed by Werner Herzog and volcanologist Clive Oppenheimer, Fireball includes interviews with scientists, religious leaders and scenes from apocalyptic feature films such as Deep impact (interesting choice, but I trust Werzog knows what he’s doing). Fireball arrives on Apple TV Plus on November 13th.
A gay man ostracized by his family in the deep south in the 1970s returns home with his loving niece and devoted partner to mourn the death of his father. It boasts a star cast and is directed by Alan Ball, American Beauty author and creator of Six feet underground. Yes, it’s Paul Bettany as Frank; I did not recognize him by the first watch. Margo Martindale, Judy Greer, Stephen Root, Steve Zahn, Sophia Lillis and Peter Macdissi star. Uncle Frank debuts on the Amazon Prime video on November 25th.
The empty man
A group of teenagers unknowingly unleash a kind of evil force by singing his name – stop me if you have heard it before (you too could make a drinking game of how often the words “the empty man“Whispered with scary voices throughout the trailer). James Badge Dale plays a role in this adaptation of The Empty Man cartoon. The empty man will be in theaters (yes, really) on October 23rd.
His dark materials season 2
This is the second season of the series adapted from Philip Pullman’s teen fantasy series about orphans Lyra Belaqua and her demon Pan, who faces a powerful religious group in an alternate universe. Dafne Keen, James McAvoy, Ruth Wilson and Lin-Manuel Miranda play a star. It hits HBO Max on November 16th.
This second teaser trailer opens with
Gus Fring Moff Gideon (Giancarlo Esposito) says “You have something I want” and ramps up from there: TIE warriors! Jet packages! Stormtroopers! Baby Yoda! The second season of the hugely popular show premieres at Disney Plus on October 30th.